Evaluation of the Irish pilot programme for the education of the health care assistants

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/244577
Title:
Evaluation of the Irish pilot programme for the education of the health care assistants
Authors:
McKenna, Hugh; Keeney, Sinead; Hasson, Felicity; Department of Health and Children (DOHC). Nursing Policy Division
Affiliation:
University of Ulster. School of Nursing
Publisher:
Government of Ireland
Issue Date:
Nov-2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/244577
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the National Pilot Programme for the Education of Health Care Assistants in Ireland. This evaluation covered the period from the beginning of the programme (November 2001) through to the completion of year one (August 2002). The terms of reference of the study were as follows: To examine the processes, content, delivery, and evaluation of the programme in practice at each pilot site; To determine the degree of congruence between the programme and the emerging role of the Health Care Assistant; To establish whether or not the programme meets the objectives as specified in the 2001 Report of the Review Group on Health Service Staff; To determine whether or not the findings derived from an evaluation of the pilot sites are representative of the spectrum of health care agencies likely to employ Health Care Assistants in the immediate future; To make recommendations based on the findings with particular reference to (i) the role and personal profile of the Health Care Assistant and (ii) extension of the programme across the health services. The aims of the study were achieved through a mixed methodological approach using quantitative and qualitative approaches. The study had three distinct phases that were completed over a period of 10 months. Participants involved in the study included trainee health care assistants, co-ordinators, teaching staff, clinical assessors and relevant health care agencies. KEY FINDINGS The key findings of this study are based on interviews with trainee Health Care Assistants (HCAs), co-ordinators, teaching staff and clinical assessors and survey questionnaires with trainee HCAs undertaking the programme and health care agencies across Ireland likely to employ HCAs. Demographic Findings • The majority of trainees were female (89.2%, n= 198) with the largest percentage aged between 35 to 44 years old (35.1 %, n=78). • Over 75% (n=168) stated that they had relevant previous experience working as a HCA. • 40.5% (n=90) of trainees were educated to Leaving Certificate standard. Most co-ordinators, teaching staff and clinical assessors were registered nurses and had extensive clinical training experience. Others described themselves as teachers. Prior to the start of the course, co-ordinators, clinical assessors and teaching staff were not familiar with the HCA role or the trainees' level of education. Selection Criteria There were four types of selection procedures employed across the pilot sites: standard application and interview procedure; no application process; decision made or influenced by external bodies, and selection based on seniority.
Keywords:
ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL; EDUCATION

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcKenna, Hughen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKeeney, Sineaden_GB
dc.contributor.authorHasson, Felicityen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDepartment of Health and Children (DOHC). Nursing Policy Divisionen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-18T10:30:46Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-18T10:30:46Z-
dc.date.issued2003-11-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/244577-
dc.descriptionThe purpose of this study was to evaluate the National Pilot Programme for the Education of Health Care Assistants in Ireland. This evaluation covered the period from the beginning of the programme (November 2001) through to the completion of year one (August 2002). The terms of reference of the study were as follows: To examine the processes, content, delivery, and evaluation of the programme in practice at each pilot site; To determine the degree of congruence between the programme and the emerging role of the Health Care Assistant; To establish whether or not the programme meets the objectives as specified in the 2001 Report of the Review Group on Health Service Staff; To determine whether or not the findings derived from an evaluation of the pilot sites are representative of the spectrum of health care agencies likely to employ Health Care Assistants in the immediate future; To make recommendations based on the findings with particular reference to (i) the role and personal profile of the Health Care Assistant and (ii) extension of the programme across the health services. The aims of the study were achieved through a mixed methodological approach using quantitative and qualitative approaches. The study had three distinct phases that were completed over a period of 10 months. Participants involved in the study included trainee health care assistants, co-ordinators, teaching staff, clinical assessors and relevant health care agencies. KEY FINDINGS The key findings of this study are based on interviews with trainee Health Care Assistants (HCAs), co-ordinators, teaching staff and clinical assessors and survey questionnaires with trainee HCAs undertaking the programme and health care agencies across Ireland likely to employ HCAs. Demographic Findings • The majority of trainees were female (89.2%, n= 198) with the largest percentage aged between 35 to 44 years old (35.1 %, n=78). • Over 75% (n=168) stated that they had relevant previous experience working as a HCA. • 40.5% (n=90) of trainees were educated to Leaving Certificate standard. Most co-ordinators, teaching staff and clinical assessors were registered nurses and had extensive clinical training experience. Others described themselves as teachers. Prior to the start of the course, co-ordinators, clinical assessors and teaching staff were not familiar with the HCA role or the trainees' level of education. Selection Criteria There were four types of selection procedures employed across the pilot sites: standard application and interview procedure; no application process; decision made or influenced by external bodies, and selection based on seniority.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherGovernment of Irelanden_GB
dc.subjectALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALen_GB
dc.subjectEDUCATIONen_GB
dc.titleEvaluation of the Irish pilot programme for the education of the health care assistantsen_GB
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Ulster. School of Nursingen_GB
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