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A Trust first for Rebecca

Rebecca Tarbuck receiving her Care Certificate A Health Care Assistant (HCA) at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is celebrating as she becomes the first in the Trust to complete her Care Certificate.

34 year old Rebecca Tarbuck from Ferrybridge, works in the Outpatient Department at Pontefract and took four months to complete what is now mandatory training for all HCAs. She did this with support from her mentor, Michelle Gilpin, and the rest of the team.

“Completing this certificate has given me a real sense of achievement,” said Rebecca, “I already had an NVQ Level 2 in Healthcare so didn’t think I’d need to do the Care Certificate but I’ve learnt so much more, especially by being able to ask questions and learn on the job. Michelle and the team have all been fantastic and really supportive; I don’t know what I would have done without them.”

In a previous working life Rebecca was a chef and has also run her own childminding business. In 2012 she became an HCA as she wanted to make a difference to people’s lives, she joined the Trust in November last year. Rebecca is now hoping her qualification will provide her with a pathway to a nursing career.

“The next step for me is to complete my level 2 NVQ in Health and Social Care and eventually become a registered nurse. I don’t want to take time out to do this though I want to be able to carry on working; it’s by far the best way to learn.”

The Care Certificate was officially introduced in March 2015 as a direct result of the Cavendish Report. Camilla Cavendish, an award winning journalist and campaigner, was asked by the Secretary of State in 2013 to review and make recommendations on the recruitment, learning and development, management and support of HCAs and social care support workers. She found that the preparation of those in these roles, within care settings was inconsistent, and one of the recommendations was the development of the Care Certificate.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has employed two Clinical Skills Tutors, Anita Mason and Emily Rusling, to deliver, support and assess the Care Certificate. 

David Melia, Acting Chief Nurse at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I’m so proud of Rebecca. It’s great to see how much this means to her and that she wants to continue to further her knowledge and study towards becoming a registered nurse.

“We’re committed to the ongoing development of all our employees, providing them with the training opportunities they need or desire to help them move forwards in their chosen profession.”

There are currently 75 HCAs at the Trust working towards the certificate, with a further 42 HCAs and 46 Safety Support Workers due to join over the coming months.