About First steps
First steps for Health care assistants (HCAs) was developed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to support you either individually, or as part of your workplace induction programme, to learn in your own time, at your own pace, the most important factors that will get you started in your health care career.
First steps has been developed around the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and codes and standards for each of the UK countries (see ‘useful resources’). It also links to a range of National Occupational Standards that can be printed off in the form of an assessment checklist. You can make use of these to demonstrate your competence by working through them with your nursing colleagues.
Why does First steps look so different?
First steps has undergone a major overhaul as of February 2013, all the previous content is here, however there are many new exciting features. Here are a few:
- The resource is now searchable.
- It’s been optimised for mobiles and tablets.
- The new assessment quiz will measure your understanding and you’ll be able to print out a certificate of completion for your portfolio.
- Now accessible to people using assistive technologies such as screen readers.
Brought to you by the RCN
If you are not a member of the RCN, we hope you will consider joining to make the most of the wealth of opportunities available to our members. Member services include advice and support from nursing professionals, protection provided by the largest in-house team of nursing-specialist lawyers of any union in the UK, and access to the most extensive nursing library in the world.
To find out more about the benefits of membership, visit www.rcn.org.uk/membership.
We hope you find First steps useful and enjoy using it. Do show it to your friends and colleagues, and let your employers know about it too.
We welcome your feedback about this online induction resource and invite you to share your views about your learning experience. Please get in contact with us at email@example.com
Looking for next steps?
If you have been in your role for a while or have worked your way through First Steps and are looking for more, the RCN has a range of online learning resources on specific topics such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS and patient safety. These and many more are available at http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/practice/cpd_online_learning. There are even more topics and useful resources such as an e-portfolio in the Learning Zone for RCN members: http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/learning/learningzone