GM Foundation Health Care Support Worker programme

NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care (GMHSCP), NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, working in collaboration with Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) Primary Care Academy and Salford Primary Care Academy have launched a new Foundation Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) programme.

If you have staff who would benefit from this upskilling opportunity and would like to register for this programme or if have a question about the programme please email

This programme is part of GM’s Nursing Career pathway and other opportunities include:

  • HCA level 3 Apprenticeship
  • HCA Enhanced upskill programme
  • Trainee Nurse Associate
  • Nurse Associate Foundation
  • GPN Apprenticeship

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Permanent staff currently working within a practice or across a Primary Care Network (PCN).

Educational framework

  • 6hr accredited e-learning programme
  • Core clinical skills
  • health screening awareness
  • Chronic Disease specific: Hypertension and Cardiovascular
  • ECG
  • Blood pressure
  • Urine dipstick etc

The content of each module is delivered via a blended mix of online self-directed study and a series of live taught webinar sessions:

  • Support to complete the Care Certificate
  • Phlebotomy training

Each candidate will receive support for 12 months from a Clinical Skills facilitator. Functional Skills Support although not mandated for this programme is also available.

Additional support

Funding is available to support backfill for the individual to complete the e-learning programme and phlebotomy training.

Practice / PCN commitment?

The employer will support the completion of the Care Certificate. It is also the expectation that candidates will be released to complete the training.

Please note that Greater Manchester Workforce Bank provided through Lantum now includes reception staff and so it will be possible to access staff to support backfill at