• Level 3
  • 4 -6 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Basic Observation Training

This basic observation training course aims to help staff increase their healthcare knowledge by teaching them how to take observations and accurately document and report the findings.

Basic Observation Training Course Summary

This basic observation training course aims to help staff increase their healthcare knowledge by teaching them how to take observations and accurately document and report the findings.

The course is suitable for both care assistants and nurses.

Furthermore, the course will include practical elements across a variety of different observation techniques.

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Course Summary

  • Vital signs – pulse, blood pressure (manual and with a machine), respiration rate, oxygen saturation
  • Vital sign – language associated with
  • Neurological observations
  • Aseptic technique
  • Hand washing technique
  • Urinalysis and how to obtain samples – catheter, continent and incontinent person
  • Axillary, oral, tympanic temperature
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Infection control, record keeping, consent and confidentiality will also be discussed.

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    Where Do You Deliver The Basic Observation Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. We also have our own venues in the Midlands if you don't have access to a training room. Similarly, we are also able to deliver this training virtually using Zoom (Zoom sessions for this course will only be available for Theory only sessions)

    Who Is This Training For?

    This training is for anyone working within the health and social care sector.

    How Many Delegates Can I Have On One Session?

    We will deliver this training for a group of up to 12 delegates. Also, for larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Will Attending This Training Make Me Competent?

    In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competency - be very wary of anyone claiming they can. Our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency, we will provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency pro-formas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy. We have put together this handy blog and video content to explain how this works - click here to read.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert clinical tutors, these are either Nurses or Doctors with an abundance of clinical and complex care experience and knowledge - so you'll be in great hands! Furthermore, we will let you know who is doing the training in advance, you can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Basic Observation Training Course Outline

The Basic Observation Training Course is designed to equip healthcare professionals with essential skills and knowledge in conducting accurate and comprehensive patient assessments. This course focuses on vital signs assessment, neurological observations, aseptic techniques, and various other fundamental aspects of patient care. By participating in this training, attendees will gain the confidence and proficiency necessary to perform thorough observations and contribute to optimal patient outcomes.

  • Course Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Course Level: Level 3
  • Certificate: 1 year certificate

Basic Observation Training Course Outline:

  1. Vital Signs Assessment:

    • Learn how to measure important indicators of health, such as pulse, blood pressure, respiration rate, and oxygen saturation.
    • Understand the significance of vital signs in evaluating a person’s well-being.
  2. Vital Sign Terminology:

    • Familiarize yourself with the language used to describe vital signs.
    • Learn the medical terms associated with different vital sign parameters and their meanings.
  3. Neurological Observations:

    • Discover the importance of neurological assessments in evaluating brain function and overall neurological health.
    • Gain practical skills in performing and documenting neurological observations, including assessments of consciousness and pupil responses.
  4. Aseptic Technique:

    • Learn essential practices to maintain a sterile environment and prevent the spread of infections.
    • Understand proper procedures for implementing aseptic techniques, including hand hygiene and disinfection practices.
  5. Hand Washing Technique:

    • Master the correct hand washing technique to minimize the risk of infection transmission.
    • Understand why proper hand hygiene is crucial for patient safety.
  6. Urinalysis and Sample Collection:

    • Gain proficiency in collecting urine samples from different individuals, including those with catheters and various continence levels.
    • Learn how to handle and process urine samples for diagnostic purposes.
  7. Temperature Measurement:

    • Explore different methods of measuring body temperature, including using the armpit, mouth, and ear.
    • Learn guidelines for accurate temperature recording and interpretation.
  8. Blood Sugar Monitoring:

    • Understand the importance of monitoring blood sugar levels, particularly for individuals with diabetes.
    • Acquire the skills to safely and accurately measure blood glucose levels.
  9. Infection Control, Record Keeping, Consent, and Confidentiality:

    • Learn effective infection control practices to maintain a safe healthcare environment.
    • Understand the importance of accurate record keeping, obtaining patient consent, and maintaining confidentiality in accordance with ethical and legal requirements.

Throughout the course, you will engage in practical demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and real-life case studies to reinforce your understanding and apply the knowledge gained. By the end of the training, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to perform comprehensive patient observations and contribute to high-quality healthcare delivery.

Who is the Basic Observation Training Suitable for?

The Basic Observation Training is suitable for healthcare professionals involved in patient care, such as nurses and medical assistants. It provides essential skills for accurate and comprehensive patient assessments.

Course Duration: 4-6 hours

During the Basic Observation Training Course, you will engage in a comprehensive learning experience that spans approximately 4-6 hours. This duration has been carefully designed to ensure that you receive a focused and immersive training session, maximizing your understanding and retention of the course content. The condensed timeframe allows you to efficiently acquire the necessary skills and knowledge without disrupting your work schedule or daily commitments.

Course Level: Level 3

The Basic Observation Training Course is categorized as a Level 3 course, indicating a moderate level of complexity and depth of learning. As a Level 3 course, it goes beyond basic introductory concepts and delves into more advanced aspects of patient observation and assessment. This training is suitable for healthcare professionals who already possess a foundational understanding of patient care and wish to enhance their skills to a higher proficiency level. The Level 3 classification ensures that you receive in-depth training and acquire the necessary expertise to perform accurate and thorough observations.

Certificate: 1-year certificate

After finishing the course, you’ll receive a certificate that lasts for one year. It recognizes your participation and shows that you have the skills needed for patient observation. It’s a valuable proof of your expertise in healthcare.

My staff loved the course and now feel confident to take observations from our service users.

Learning Outcome: Basic Observation Training

By attending the Basic Observation Training Course, you will learn important skills and knowledge to help you provide better care to patients. Here are the things you can expect to learn:

  1. Checking Vital Signs: You will learn how to measure and understand vital signs like pulse, blood pressure, breathing rate, and oxygen levels. This will help you assess a patient’s health and notice any problems.
  2. Understanding the Brain: You will learn how to observe and assess a patient’s brain function, like their consciousness, reactions, and movements. This will help you identify any issues with the brain.
  3. Keeping Things Clean: You will learn how to follow cleanliness rules to prevent infections. This includes proper handwashing and taking precautions to keep patients safe.
  4. Collecting Urine Samples: You will learn how to collect urine samples from patients, both with and without catheters. This will help you check for any problems with the urine.
  5. Checking Body Temperature: You will learn different ways to measure body temperature, like under the arm or in the ear. This will help you monitor a patient’s temperature and detect any fevers or low temperatures.
  6. Monitoring Blood Sugar: You will learn how to monitor blood sugar levels, especially in patients with diabetes. This will help you keep track of their sugar levels and provide appropriate care.
  7. Following Rules: You will learn about important rules in healthcare, like infection control, keeping records, getting consent, and keeping patient information private. This will help you follow the right procedures and protect patient rights.

By learning these things, you will become more skilled and confident in your role as a caregiver, and you will be able to provide better care and support to those who need it.