Health Service Skills 5M3782
A Healthcare Assistant supports existing staff in a hospital or care setting in the practical care and general welfare of clients. They play a vital role on the care team. Career opportunities are excellent as many care settings require prospective employees to hold relevant certification such as this one. The course will allow you to develop the necessary skills and training to enable you to seek employment in the healthcare sector. The National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People require all newly recruited care staff and those in posts less than one year, to commence training to Level 5 QQI or equivalent within two years of taking up employment.
Equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills required for a career as a hospital attendant / multi-task attendant / professional carer in a variety of care settings such as Nursing Homes, hospitals, day care centres, private home care and personal assistant work.
Care Support 5N0758
Safety & Health at Work 5N1794
Care Skills 5N2770
Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734
Work Experience (Learner must complete 150 hours in a Care Setting ) 5N1356
Palliative Care Support 5N3769
Activities of Living Patient Care 5N3707
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
QQI Level 5 Award in Health Service Skills (5M3782)
PHECC [First Aid] & Patient Moving & Handling may be taken as an additional certification and will incur additional costs Check with Course Director for details
Fire Safety Awareness Course
Training in the Protection of Older People From Abuse
Patient Moving and Handling Certification
Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup
Day Care Centres
Home Care Assistants
Home Care Agency Work
Student Services €175
DES Programme Participation Contribution €200
Patient Moving and Handling Course Fee €50
QQI Examination Fee €50
Hepatitis B Vaccine €150
This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.
Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.
My name is Sandra Forkan and I completed the Health Service Skills course at GTI. I am a qualified hairdresser and have worked in this area for 30 years. I was looking for a new direction in my life and caring for others comes naturally to me. As a mature learner, I was hesitant to believe I could integrate into a class, let alone complete 11 modules related to caring for older people. However, by Midterm, I had made some great friends and completed 10 projects all related to the healthcare area. Completing this course has not only given me a new qualification working in an area I love but learning at GTI gave me the opportunity to believe in myself as an adult learner. Ongoing assessment suited me perfectly and I was able to keep up with everything. I was fortunate to be accepted on the Erasmus Plus programme which allowed me to work in a busy hospital setting for 3 weeks in Madrid during Easter. I am happy with the personal and professional skills I have developed at GTI and am grateful for the learning opportunities I encountered as well as the new friends I made. I am now working with a care agency here in Galway city where I provide care, communication and companionship needs for older people in their own homes.
Every year, students who successfully meet the criteria for this exciting opportunity, will travel to Madrid in Spain where they will work under supervision of senior care workers in a busy hospital setting for 3 weeks. These placements are fully funded by the European Commission.