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Becky makes it a century

A Health Care Assistant (HCA) at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is celebrating as she becomes the 100th HCA to complete the Care Certificate.

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.

21 year old Becky Tams from Wakefield, took just five months to complete her certificate which is mandatory training for all HCAs. She joined the Trust in November and works on the new diabetes ward at Pinderfields.

“I’ve found all the learning involved in completing this certificate really interesting,” said Becky, “I’ve learnt so much and being able to apply what you learn straight away is a great way to develop. I never thought I would be taking out patient cannulas and now it is something I am trained to do.”

Becky recently attended a Learning at Work Week event at the Trust where she found out about and signed up for a number of courses to help her to develop her skills. She is also taking part in vascular training which is being delivered by specialist nurses on the ward, and the next step on her career path is to apply for her nursing degree.

“I really want to get into nursing, I love working in this environment,” she said. “The amount of support I received whilst doing my Care Certificate and continue to receive as an HCA is second to none. The team on the ward are great and give me the confidence to believe in myself. I would recommend the role of an HCA and the Trust to anyone considering a career in healthcare. It’s a very rewarding job and I love it.”

David Melia, Director of Nursing and Quality at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I’m delighted to see Becky complete her Care Certificate and to hear that she wants to progress into nursing. It’s important as a Trust that we invest all we can in our workforce of the future.

“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 forward in their chosen profession.”

168 HCA at the Trust have completed their Care Certificate and there are currently 143 HCAs working towards it, with a further 80 HCAs and 20 Safety Support Workers due to join over the coming months.