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Organisation Description

EQUIP aims to improve the quality of care in chronic diseases in general practice through education, anticipatory care and audit by developing and utilising all the skills within the practice team. CCGs or practices can commission specific training ranging from accredited Health Care Assistant and Receptionist courses to specific clinical courses such as minor operations and anticoagulation courses through to employment law.

In relation to audit and the new contract, our audit co-ordinator and Audit & IT Lead are able to work with practices and advise on areas such as Read Code, QoF, CQRS, Admission Avoidance etc… EQUIP can provide training for all members of the primary health care team

CPD Courses and Workshops Available

  • Cervical cytology update

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for nurses who currently undertake cervical cytology screening and require an update of their skills. The course comprises of a face to face study day which provides a refresher on taking cervical cytology samples and any changes in policy or procedure. The course adheres to the NHS Cervical Screening Programme Guidance for the training of cervical sample takers (PHE 2016).

  • Ear care course

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for nurses and experienced healthcare assistants who want to undertake ear care in primary care. The course comprises of 2 face to face study days which cover the relevant theory regarding ear care and common ear conditions and practice undertaking ear irrigation and aural toilet on a manikin. This is followed by a period of supervised practice with a nurse mentor until competency in ear care is achieved. Students are provided with a competency assessment package to complete. Students are required to complete a MCQ that demonstrates that they have met the learning outcomes of the course.

  • Immunisation and Injection Technique for Healthcare Assistants

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for healthcare assistants who have a level 3 qualification in healthcare and 2 years’ experience as an HCA. The course comprises of 2 study days which cover the theory regarding injection technique and immunisation and practice undertaking injections. This is followed by supervised practice with a nurse mentor until competency is achieved. Students are provided with a competency assessment package to complete. Students are required to complete a MCQ that demonstrates that they have met the learning outcomes. The course adheres to the National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Healthcare Support Workers (PHE 2015).

  • Introduction to cervical cytology

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for nurses who want to undertake cervical cytology screening. The course comprises of 2 face to face study days which cover the relevant theory and practice at obtaining cervical samples on a manikin. This is followed by a period of supervised practice with a nurse mentor until competency in cervical cytology is achieved. Students are provided with a competency assessment package to complete. The course adheres to the NHS Cervical Screening Programme Guidance for the training of cervical sample takers (PHE 2016).

  • Introduction to Family Planning

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for nurses who want to provide family planning advice. The course comprises of 2 face to face study days which cover the menstrual cycle; pregnancy testing and the various forms of contraception available.

  • Introduction to Venepuncture

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for healthcare staff who want to undertake venepuncture. The course comprises of a face to face study day which covers the relevant theory regarding venepuncture and practice undertaking venepuncture technique on a manikin. This is followed by a period of supervised practice with a mentor until competency in venepuncture is achieved. Students are provided with a competency assessment package to complete.

  • The Healthcare Assistant in general practice course

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for healthcare assistants who are new to working in general practice. The course consists of 5 study days covering role of the HCA in general practice; relevant clinical skills (BP; pulse; ECG; peak flow; capillary blood sampling; urinalysis) as well as an overview of long term conditions (hypertension; coronary heart disease; respiratory disease and diabetes). This is followed by a period of supervised practice with a nurse mentor until competency in the clinical skills is achieved. Students are required to complete written work and a competency assessment package that demonstrates that they have met the learning outcomes.

  • The Management of Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care course

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for nurses who want to undertake the management of cardiovascular disease in primary care. The course consists of 3 face to face study days covering the primary care management of coronary heart disease; hypertension; heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Students are required to complete written work that demonstrates that they have met the learning outcomes of the course.

  • The Management of Diabetes in Primary Care course

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for nurses who want to undertake the management of diabetes in primary care. The course consists of 3 face to face study days covering the primary care management of diabetes. Students are required to complete and MCQ and written work that demonstrates that they have met the learning outcomes of the course.

  • The Practice Nurse Development course

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A course for nurses who are new to working in general practice or who would like to make the transition to general practice nursing. The course consists of 5 study days covering role of the nurse in general practice; the quality outcomes framework; consultation skills; health promotion and behaviour modification as well as an overview of long term conditions (hypertension; coronary heart disease; respiratory disease; chronic kidney disease and diabetes). Students are required to complete written work that demonstrates that they have met the learning outcomes.

  • Care Navigation training

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A 2 day workshop to deliver Care Navigation training to non-clinical staff working in GP practices. The training programme is based on the essential level competency domains in the Health Education England ‘Care Navigation: a competency framework’ document. The aim is to provide non clinical staff with the knowledge; confidence and skills they need to safely facilitate patient flow through the complicated health and social care system. The course covers relevant theory and practice with taught sessions; discussion and group work.

  • Developing Front of House Skills

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    This interactive one day course is for staff in general practice who are new to the role of GP receptionist or medical secretary. The aim is to provide students with the knowledge; confidence and skills they need for a patient facing role in general practice. It covers the role of the receptionist/ medical secretary; communications skills; dealing with difficult situations; confidentiality and managing patient information.

  • Foundation course in spirometry – performing spirometry

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    This interactive one day course is for nurses and healthcare assistants. The aim is to provide students with the knowledge; confidence and skills they need to perform spirometry accurately and prepare them for ARTP certification. It covers the relevant anatomy and physiology; indications and contraindications for spirometry; lung volumes and explanation of measurements used; preparation and maintenance of equipment and patient preparation.

  • Interpreting spirometry

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    This interactive one day course for nurses aims to provide students with the knowledge; confidence and skills they need to interpret spirometry accurately and prepare them for ARTP certification. It covers an overview of spirometry indications and contraindications; what can affect the test result; differential diagnoses; measurements used and how to interpret the results.

  • Correspondence management and workflow optimisation

    Training Course | Essex EQUIP

    Essex EQUIP

    A one day workshop to deliver training to administration staff working in GP practices. The training programme is based on NHS England’s correspondence management and workflow optimisation recommendations. The aim is to provide students with the knowledge; confidence and skills to process all incoming patient correspondence from hospitals; community services and other healthcare organisations. The workshop is a mix of theory and practice with taught sessions; discussion and group work. There is also the opportunity to share good practice and discuss the implementation of safe processes; policies and audit.