Lone Working in Healthcare

Acacia Training and Development
Delivery Method: eLearning

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Everyday thousands of people working in the healthcare sector will be exposed to situations where they are left alone with patients or other members of the public.

This is an integral part of working in a caring profession as doctors, physiotherapists, health visitors, outreach workers and many others meet people who need help and often depend on a one-to-one consultation. In addition, people such as researchers, laboratory technicians, administration staff and receptionists have roles that take them away from their colleagues for significant periods.

All employees who have to work alone, particularly those who have to visit customers or service users in their own home. This course is designed for those who are experienced at working alone as well as those who are new to it.

Having completed the course you should know:

  • what lone working is, and why it is an issue worth finding out about
  • what responsibilities your employer has to you, and what responsibilities you have too
  • the basic process of how people's roles are assessed to see what potential risks exist from lone working
  • some of the key questions you can ask yourself in order to assess your own situation each time you work alone
  • how to act and what precautions to take in order to reduce the risks of lone working

Lesson Plan

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Introduction to Lone Working
  • Employer and Employee Responsibilites
  • Assessing the Risks
  • Precautionary Measures
  • Summary


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.

Target Audience

This Virtual College course will be of benefit to anyone working in the healthcare sector.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course

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