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Professional/clinical advisor refresher training launches

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The refresher training includes video interviews with experienced PCAs

The screening quality assurance service (SQAS) has launched online refresher training for professional/clinical advisors (PCAs).

The 2-hour e-learning course focuses on the critical aspects of the PCA role. It is made up of 10 units and PCAs can move through it in bitesize sessions.

The course is available on the Health Education England (HEE) training platform. PCAs will receive joining instructions, which will include the link to the training.

PCA input

When designing the training we spoke to PCAs, who told us they most wanted to learn from the experience of their peers.

The resource contains short video interviews with experienced PCAs from a variety of backgrounds. These powerful stories enhance the course and help PCAs reflect on how they fulfil the role.

Once PCAs have accepted an invitation to take part in a quality assurance (QA) visit in 2021, they will be asked to work through the course. This will:

  • keep them up to date with any changes in the QA visit process
  • remind them of the requirements of the role

What PCAs do

PCAs are a vital part of the QA visit process for the NHS population screening programmes. The SQAS relies on their insight, experience and support to ensure our QA processes are fair, systematic and evidence based.

After initial training, most PCAs observe a QA visit and then take part in at least 2 visits a year. The role provides excellent development opportunities.

Please contact for further information about the e-learning resource or if you’re interested in a PCA role.

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