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The AWARE™ course was developed in 2009 by members of the nursing and midwifery education team at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.  AWARE™ is a developmental programme for healthcare support staff to improve recognition and response to deteriorating patients. It responds to an increasing focus on the role of Healthcare Support Staff in development of competent performance. It also links to changes in workforce demographics and the need to work more effectively in enhancing patient safety and promoting high quality care and was informed by key evidence from National Patient Safety Agency (2007), National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death (2005, 2009, 2010 & 2011), NICE Clinical Guideline 50 (2007) and Royal College of Physicians. (2012).


The course is delivered as a one day programme providing a clear framework of knowledge and skills for healthcare support staff to promote early identification of patients whose condition is deteriorating. It also outlines specific competencies that will contribute to the effective management of patients at risk to contribute to the provision of high quality nursing care. The course contains:

  • Quizzes
  • Group work
  • Discussion
  • Questions and answers
  • Patient scenarios
  • Decision making and role play
  • Workbook
  • Competency assessment in practice

For more information please contact us.

AWARE Course Documents

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Contact Us

ALERT™ Course Headquarters

2nd Floor, QuAD Centre

Queen Alexandra Hospital


PO6 3LY, Hants


tel: +44 023 9228 6306

fax: +44 023 9228 6326

email: alert.course@porthosp.nhs.uk


Queen Alexandra Hospital
Cosham, Portsmouth
Tel: 023 9228 6000

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