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Evaluation of the Irish Pilot Programme for the Education of Health Care Assistants
Department of Health & Children, November 2003

ABSTRACT:

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.

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