Physical Health Skills in Mental Health Care

Continuing Professional Development (workshop)


2 days

This workshop is for Health Care Assistants (HCAs) who work in mental health settings.


Are you a Health Care Assistant currently working in a mental health setting? Our two-day workshop covers theoretical and practical aspects of care.

Day 1
  • ABCDE approach theory
  • Explanation of and familiarisation with equipment used from cardiac/trolley/grab bag eg naso-pharyngeal/oro-pharyngeal tubes, suction machine and catheters
  • Vital signs theory and practice (TPR, SPO2)
  • Blood pressure theory and practice
  • ECG theory and practice
Day 2
  • Neuro-obs theory and practice
  • Blood capillary glucose monitoring theory and practice
  • Sepsis theory-demonstration of Sepsis 6 protocol
  • Physical health scenarios

Who should attend?

This workshop will benefit all Health Care Assistants (HCAs) currently working in a mental health setting.



13 and 14 December 2021, 9am-4pm

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Patricia Howlett, Lecturer-Practitioner in Mental Health

CPD Admissions

Entry requirements

This workshop will benefit all Health Care Assistants (HCAs) currently working in a mental health setting.

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