About First steps

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) brings you First steps for health care assistants (HCAs) 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 in Additional material’.)

It also links to a range of National Occupational Standards that can be printed off in the form of an assessment checklist that could form the basis of a portfolio of learning. We suggest that you consider recording your reflections when you reach the end of each topic.

The First Steps survey is here!

Once you have looked at First Steps please take part in our online survey. We are very keen to hear your experiences. The survey should take 10-15 minutes and will be open until 17th November. Please let your friends and colleagues know too – we would like to hear from as many people as possible who have used this resource.

Overarching learning outcomes

After completing all the sections in this learning resource, the learner should be able to:

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.

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, patient safety and supporting people’s nutritional needs. 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

Mapped to National Occupational Standards and National Minimum Training Standards
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