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Evaluation of the Irish Pilot Programme for the Education of Health Care Assistants

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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 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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