Nabila Mushtaq, Health Care Assistant (HCA) on Ward 8 at Dewsbury Hospital, has completed her Care Certificate in just 8 and a half weeks - the quickest any HCA within the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has completed all 15 units of the mandatory training. She did this with support from her mentor, Anita Mason (Clinical Skills Tutor) and the rest of the team.
Nabila joined the Trust as a HCA in 2016 at Dewsbury as she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and work within the NHS.
There are currently 118 HCA’s working towards the Care certificate, and so far 30 HCA’s have completed the training and achieved their certificate since it was officially introduced in April 2015 as a direct result of the Cavendish Report. The Trust has two Clinical Skills Tutors, Anita Mason and Emily Rusling, who deliver training to all new starters all based around the 15 standards of the care certificate and the fundamental aspects of patient care, Anita and Emily then go on to assess and support the HCA’S until they achieve their care certificate.
Nabila said “Completing the care certificate has given me a real sense of achievement. I’ve learnt so much in such a short space of time. Anita and the team have been brilliant and a real support to me. I couldn’t have done it without them. The training has given me the knowledge I needed to work in a hospital setting as I worked in the community before. There is a lot of interaction with other healthcare teams and I really enjoyed the practical training sessions that Anita delivered to us. I would 100% recommend the training to other HCA’s within the Trust as I think it is a good refresher for day to day work.”
Anita Mason, Clinical Skills Tutor, said “I’m so happy for Nabila, she has worked extremely hard and was determined to complete the training as soon as possible right from the first days training session. It’s great to see how much this means to her and that she wants to continue to further her knowledge.
“My main goal is to ensure all new HCA’S are equipped with the correct knowledge and skills to ensure our patients continue to receive the best care possible and I believe the care certificate induction programme and certificate is a great way of achieving this. “
Sister Nicola Lawford on Ward 8, and Nabila’s line manager, said “This is a fantastic achievement for Nabila and she is a great asset to the ward.”
Nabila now plans to attend a week long training course to become a Unison steward and is hoping to go on to complete her venepuncture training.
Photo: (L-R): Anita Mason, Clinical Skills Tutor, Nabila Mushtaq with her certificate, Sister Nicola Lawford and Judith Mayman (who is currently working towards her own care certificate), both from ward 8 at Dewsbury Hospital.