The care certificate award ceremony was held for new healthcare assistants who completed their care certificate programme in November and February.
The celebration was held in the newly refurbished Kevin Lafferty Lecture Theatre and celebrates the memory of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
The Care Certificate sets out the skills, competencies and standards of behaviour that are expected of support workers in health and social care. It is a nationally recognised standard which shows that you have been assessed to have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate and high quality care.
The ceremony featured an opening address with a lamp procession; this is a re-enactment of the ceremony that takes places every year in Westminster Abbey to commemorate Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The celebrants were handed their awards and took the ‘nurses pledge’.
Jennifer Marshall, head of nursing and quality for medicine said, “The care certificate award for the healthcare assistants marks the end of the course and the booklet they’ve had to complete.
“To celebrate passing their competency and what they’ve achieved, we like to recognise their hard work as they can now go out and practise. The ladies also get a Basildon badge just to recognise their effort.”
Aiste Jackson, healthcare assistant said, “It has been a great experience spending time with other ladies on the two week course learning all the crucial skills needed for care in a hospital environment. The programme will definitely benefit me in the future and has highlighted why I want to be in care.”