Vital Signs - Undertaking and Recording including Early Warning Observations



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)


NHSCT Health Care Assistants - Band 3


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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