This program is to design and develop in collaboration from King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) Nursing Training and Education Department with University of Bahrain (UoB) College of Health Sciences Nursing Department. The purpose is to produce a sustainable dynamic Patient Care Assistant curriculum to be delivered at KHUH, aligning with the health services needs and the workforce.

There is clear evidence that hospitals with the right workforce and skills level, not only improve patient and public satisfaction but also save available resources by reducing adverse events, allowing people to maintain independent living Like many other healthcare institution, KHUH is continuously finding solutions to overcome the global shortage of healthcare provider, whilst ensuring efficiency and effectiveness of its health care services. Underpinning this background, with the leadership of the Commander/CEO of KHUH, Director of Nursing Affairs and Director of Education and Proficiency Centre, recommend that an additional layer (skills and qualification level) of staff is to supplement the current healthcare workforce.

A 3 round Delphi technique underscore a consensual study that better informed the roles and responsibilities, and learning outcomes for this program, to meet the needs of the healthcare industry. This program is comparatively similar in its content and duration to international institutions namely: Ministry of Advanced Education, British Columbia and Diploma in Health and Social Care for Wales and Northern Ireland for Health Care Assistant.

  • Graduate Patient Care Assistant who is able to effectively integrate into the healthcare organization workforce.
  • Graduate Patient Care Assistant who is actively engaged in personal and professional development and able to maintain their professional knowledge and competency.
  • Graduate Patient Care Assistant who delivers the community health care needs whilst preserving ethical values.

With supervision of Registered Nurses the Patient Care Assistant will:

  • Provide safe, competent and culturally sensitive care to clients.
  • Practice with other members of the health care team to meet the needs of their clients.
  • Use critical thinking, clinical judgment and knowledge of assessment, to collaboratively plan, implement, and evaluate the agreed upon plan of care.
  • Provide client centered care across the lifespan that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual.
  • Identify one's own values, biases, and assumptions and the influence of these on interactions with clients and other members of the health care team.
  • Value and engage in continuous learning to maintain and enhance competence.