Health Service Skills (Healthcare Assistant) 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
Activities of Living Patient Care 5N3707
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
QQI Level 5 Award in Health Service Skills (5M3782)
IATI ( Irish Ambulance Training Institute )
Fire Safe Training Ireland
PHECC [First Aid] & Patient Moving & Handling may be taken as 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 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 Certification Fee €50
Hepatitis B Vaccine €150
Fire Safety Online Training €20
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 Estella Collins, I completed the Health Service Skills programme at GTI in May 2019 as a mature student. I felt that this course would give me the skills I needed to provide the best care possible for my mother who had been very ill. I have been very involved in looking after family members and I knew this was a career I wanted to pursue. I had heard such positive things about the course here in GTI. I had some fears about returning to college. Mainly, would I be too old ? and would I be able for the work? . I have to say from the minute I stepped inside the door I felt so welcomed and my fears were put at ease. Both the tutors and the students were so encouraging and friendly. There was such a diverse mix of people in the class, all with their own life experiences and ideas. More importantly I developed important social and personal contacts through friendships at GTI which sustained me through challenging times. I had exciting opportunities while at GTI. I completed training in the Erasmus plus program. I never thought I would be one of those students, but I was. I had the most memorable experience on Erasmus, working in a hospital and living for three weeks in Madrid. Now I am working as an agency HCA for CPL Healthcare. I work between three hospitals, Portiuncula, Merlin Park and the University College Hospital Galway. I am very passionate about my work. I couldn’t have got where I am today without doing my course in GTI and gaining such valuable experience on Erasmus. If I was to recommend something about starting a course here at GTI I would say enjoy it to the full as the year goes so quickly, keep up with projects as there are many and enjoy all the extra opportunities they have to offer.
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.