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Care Home Assistant Practitioner (CHAPs)

The aim of this programme is to equip senior staff within your care practice with clinical and management skills, it adheres to many aspects of a Registered Nursing Course.

The current national shortage of nurses is likely to last for a number of years, therefore the CHAPs role is a fantastic initiative in response to this problem.

The new CHAPs role allows healthcare professionals to work alongside nursing colleagues and take on additional responsibilities, creating a solution to the national shortage of nurses experienced across the care sector.

Who it is for - entry requirements

Delegates must be at a minimum of NVQ/QCF/RQF Level 2 standard.

You need to have a fully qualified nurse within the organisation who is able to sign off your practical competencies for the course.  You can find out more about that at Gaining healthcare and nursing competencies.

Please also see the Standards for competence for registered nurses for the NMC guidance.

Information Session

Managers and nurses who are signing off competencies for their staff enrolled on the course are expected to attend the online information session to ensure they understand the structure of the course.

Online session - Monday 22 April 2024 - 10.00am to 11.00am 

Learning method  

This programme is delivered face to face over ten full days, and you must attend all ten days, the programme will be assessed by workbooks and then a final theory examination- Pass/Fail. 

Please note:  Any person who does not complete all requirements of the portfolio prior to submission date will automatically fail the programme. This includes not attending any of the classroom sessions but excludes workplace competencies which remain the responsibility of the employer.

Workbook assessments covering:

  • reflective practice
  • further independent study
  • classroom competency
  • workplace competency on all subjects

What you will learn

Ten classroom days covering the following subjects:

  • clinical observations and National Early Warning Score (NEWS)
  • medication administration and management
  • T34 syringe driver
  • tissue viability, dressings, wounds and pressure relief
  • dysphagia
  • enteral administration
  • record keeping and communication
  • stoma care
  • oral suctioning
  • catheter care
  • basic life support
  • blood sugar monitoring
  • insulin administration
  • venepuncture and cannulation
  • portfolio submission and final exam

Course benefits

This course will provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to take on additional responsibilities working alongside nursing colleagues.

Course dates and times

Venue - Bowburn Care Home, Bowburn South Industrial Estate, Durham Road, Bowburn DH6 5AT.

Closing date for this cohort is TBC.

Face-to-face sessions




Day 1 - Tuesday 30 April 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

Introduction to CHAP's

Day 2 - Tuesday 14 May 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

Clinical Observations and National Early Warning Score (NEWS)

Day 3 - Tuesday 21 May 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

Medical Administration and Management

Day 4 - Tuesday 4 June 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

T34 Syringe Driver, Oral Suctioning

Day 5 - Tuesday 11 June 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tissue Viability

Day 6 - Tuesday 18 June 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

Dysphagia, Enteral Administration

Day 7 - Tuesday 25 June 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

Record Keeping and Communication
Stoma Care
Catheter Care

Day 8 - Tuesday 2 July 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

Blood Sugar Monitoring
Insulin Administration
Basic Life Support

Day 9 - Tuesday 9 July 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

Venepuncture and Cannulation

Day 10 - Tuesday 16 July 2024

9.30am - 4.30pm

Portfolio Submission
Final Exam
Opportunity to re-sit failed examination

How to book

Please complete Care Home Assistant Practitioner (CHAPs) form

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County Durham Care Academy
03000 260 222
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Green Lane
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
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