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Waitemata DHB Patient Care Assistants celebrated a major milestone last month.

The team of seven staff members were awarded their National Certificate in Health, Disability and Aged Support (Level Three) after months of hard work.

The Patient Care Assistant role is relatively new to Waitemata DHB’s outpatient department. Ensuring Patient Care Assistants are trained and qualified to deliver excellent patient care is a priority for the DHB.

Waitemata DHB’s director of nursing Dr Jocelyn Peach says the practical learning has been hugely beneficial. “I’d like to congratulate you all and thank you for being our pioneers throughout this process.”

Patient Care Assistants are an integral part of the outpatient’s team, providing both clinical and clerical support. This was the first group of Patient Care Assistants to undertake the study and transition to the new role.

Jocelyn thanked Lynley Davidson, Waitemata’s nurse educator for PCA development. “Without Lynley making sure this was a calm and smooth process, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Careerforce’s Client services and engagement manager Andrew Saunders congratulated the graduates on making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the community.