Vital Signs - Undertaking and Recording



To facilitate participants to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to safely undertake, record & report the 6 vital signs; Pulse, Temperature, Blood Pressure, Respirations, Pulse Oximetry and AVPU.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will:


  • Have discussed the legal and professional issues associated with undertaking vital signs monitoring and observation of the patient
  • Have reviewed the principles of the control of infection in relation to vital signs
  • Take into account the physical and psychological comfort of the patient
  • Have a basic knowledge of the anatomy / physiology underpinning vital signs
  • Have identified the normal / abnormal ranges of vital signs
  • Have discussed the procedures for measuring and recording vital signs
  • Have the opportunity for simulated practice time
  • Be aware of the importance of prompt reporting
  • Be required to complete NEWS e-learning (Royal College of Physicians)


Health Care Assistants  (not suitable for Paediatric/Neonatal staff)



Southern Health & Social Care Trust Staff (only) applicants must be working as a Band 3 and currently undertaking the QCF unit 'Undertaking Physiological Measurements'.  Completion of the QCF unit will be achieved when the participant's practice and knowledge has been assessed by a peripatetic assessor, and the unit signed off within 12 weeks


Lecture, discussion, demonstration and simulated practice


Please Note: Following this theoretical component the participant must engage with an appropriate skilled practitioner, in his/her clinical area, to further develop a greater knowledge and understanding of this person-centred care activity.  This will involve supervised practice in ‘Vital Signs Monitoring’ which should be completed within a 12 weeks to consolidate learning and application to practice.

It is the responsibility of the individual participant to complete this activity and to confirm completion with his/her line manager.



Please note you will be informed in advance if there is a direct cost to you or your organisation for your attendance at this programme.

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Label Dates & Times Venue Facilitator Administrator
For SHSCT Band 3 HCA Nurse Bank Staff Only Tuesday 24 October 2017
(9.15 - 3.00)
CEC - Craigavon Carol McCorry
Hazel Conn
For SHSCT Band 3 staff on QCF pathway. Thursday 26 October 2017
(9.15 - 3.00)
CEC - Craigavon Graham Divine
Julie Pollock
Fully Booked
Monday 6 November 2017
(9.15 - 1.00)
CEC - Belfast Graham Divine
Julie Pollock
Fully Booked
Thursday 9 November 2017
(9.30am - 12.30pm)
CEC - Altnagelvin Betty Dolan
Briege Bradley
For SHSCT Band 3 staff on QCF pathway. Friday 10 November 2017
(9.15 - 3.00)
CEC - Craigavon Carol McCorry
Hazel Conn
Fully Booked
NHSCT Only Friday 8th December 2017
(9.30am - 3.00pm )
Causeway Hospital Anne Timoney
Heather Brennan