Certificate in Healthcare Assistant(Health Services Support)


The world at large has seen an increased demand for health care services. This has been due to increased life expectancy resulting in an aging population as well as pharmaceutical and technological advancements that have led to sophisticated treatments among others. This has necessitated a shift in the allocation of roles bringing about the emergence of healthcare support assistants.

Their duties include those related to general patient hygiene, basic nutrition assistance, ambulation, and mobilization which are under supervision by a registered nurse. The indirect activities related to housekeeping, escorting and maintaining stock. Their role has been found to be crucial especially with the increased cost of healthcare and the shortage of health professionals. Moreover, they have an essential role in home-based care.

Gertrude’s Institute of Child Health and Research is offering the Healthcare Support Assistant Course to provide high-quality training to prepare competent healthcare assistants.

Main objective

To train competent Healthcare Support Assistants who will provide assistance, support, and direct personal care to patients in the hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and those in home-based care.


The facilitators comprise highly skilled and qualified lecturers with vast experience in healthcare provision.

Course outline

The course will comprise four months of in-person learning and two months of clinical placement.

The units are as follows:

  • Communication skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Digital literacy
  • Medical terminology
  • Organization of health facilities
  • Common diseases
  • First aid services/BLS
  • Environmental literacy/ occupational safety
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Outpatient and inpatient services
  • Homebased care
  • Employability skills
  • Hospital housekeeping procedures
  • Supportive store procedures
  • Medical-legal ethics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Entrepreneurial skills

Mode Of Delivery

The course will be offered on a full-time basis through lectures, simulations, clinical placement, examinations, and continuous assessments.

Eligible Applicants

The applicant must have a minimum of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) mean grade D Plain


The course will be offered at Gertrude’s Institute of Child Health and Research, Muthaiga.

Duration:6 months
Scheduled Dates for Commencement:11th January 2022
Applications deadline: December 17th, 2021

To apply send scanned copies of your certificates and the filled general application form in the below link to trainingschool@gerties.org

General application form
For any enquiries, contact the principal through email:trainingschool@gerties.org, telephone number:0207206000/0709529000 and phone number:0724478008