Wound Care for Health Care Assistants

Primary Care Training Centre
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

Course Delivery & Duration

The module begins with a compulsory one-day workshop followed by four months of self-directed study.

This course is available as accredited by Teesside University or as a standalone course. On the accredited course, you will be required to submit a written summary of not more than 2,000 words exploring the care and support for two patients with different wounds, whose care you have contributed to.

Suitable For

Health Care Assistant


Teesside University UCCE Introduction to Wound Care Management for HCAs in Primary Care 20 Credits Level 4

Outline Content

Introduction to Wound Care Management for HCAs in Primary Care.

This module is designed for experienced primary health care assistants who wish to expand their role and gain new knowledge and skills in the care and management of patients who require wound care in the primary care environment. The content covers an overview of the types of wounds, wound healing and factors influencing the healing process, physical and psycho-social effects on the patient and family, infection control, asepsis, dressings and the removal of sutures and skin clips.

The module begins with a compulsory one-day workshop followed by four months of self-directed study. A workbook linked to clinical activities and a competency booklet complements the self-directed learning and informs the summative assessment.

Students must be employed for a minimum of 15 hours per week as a health care assistant within a primary care environment and have a minimum of one year's experience in the role. Students must have had their competence in the role of the health care assistant assessed at academic level 3 or above, and must be working alongside a registered nurse mentor.

You can also undertake this study day as an accredited course carrying 20 credits at level 4, which requires the student to complete a piece of written work. This can be used as part of our Cert. HE Primary Care qualification. Click here for more details.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the skin.
  • Explain the principles of wound healing and the factors that may delay the process of wound healing.
  • Gather, record and describe information to assess the care and ongoing management of a patient with a wound.
  • Act under direction to support the care of patients with different wound types.
  • Select and apply appropriate dressings to different types of wounds.
  • Determine type of wound closure and assess wound healing prior to removal of skin closure devices.
  • Work within local and national wound management and infection control policy and guidelines for safe and effective wound management.
  • Identify own personal learning needs.

Section Headings

  • Introduction to anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Physical and psycho-social effect of different wounds on the patient and family
  • Identification of wound types
  • The healing process
  • Patient-focussed wound assessment
  • Infection control
  • Hand washing
  • Wound cleansing and asepsis
  • Types of dressings used in primary care
  • Removal of staples and sutures
  • Accountability


Students will complete a competency-based booklet within the clinical setting alongside the registered nurse mentor.

Dates available on arrangement

Primary Care Training Centre can also create this course for you on arrangement either at your workplace or at one of their locations.

If there are sufficient students (usually 20-24 students), our tutors can come to you at a big saving in time as well as travel and accommodation costs for the students. We call these courses/study days delivered in your area ‘Satellites’.

We make it easy to organise training. We come to you and we guarantee improvements in patient care and outcomes. The course content and teaching is identical wherever the teaching days are held. Please contact the Training Centre to discuss how we can assist you with your training needs.
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