Long-term conditions: innovative education for HCAs

Alison Hasselder, Denise Forte, Jane Horrex

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Kingston University and St George's, University of London are running an exciting new Foundation Degree in Long Term Conditions within the framework of the new South West London Academic Network (SWan) Interprofessional Institute. Based at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, the course is ideal for heath and social care staff working with people who may be living with a long-term condition such as the effects of a stroke, diabetes or heart problems. Colin-Thome (2007) has identified that over 15million people in this country report living with a long-term condition. They are conditions that cannot currently be cured, but can be managed by medication and other therapies; they can limit an individual's ability to cope with everyday activities (Colin-Thome, 2007). This foundation degree aims to educate healthcare support workers (HCSWs) to take on a new associate practitioner role with a unique skills set and specifically to enable them to care effectively for people living with long-term conditions and their carers in a variety of health and social care settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-462
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Healthcare Assistants
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009

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