Practical Numeracy for Health and Care


This one-day course is tailored for individuals in junior, unskilled, and non-professional roles in the health and care sector.

The focus is on equipping these workers with practical numeracy skills that are essential in delivering effective and safe care.

This course is delivered as a small-group activity using a range of practical approaches to learning:
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Hands-on Exercises and Practical Demonstrations
  • Group Discussions and Case Study Analysis
  • Q&A Sessions
  1. Understand basic numerical concepts relevant to health and care settings.
  2. Develop skills for accurate measurement and recording of health-related data.
  3. Enhance abilities in calculating and preparing correct dosages of medication.
  4. Learn to manage time effectively in patient care and scheduling.
  5. Gain proficiency in understanding and using health-related statistics and data..

1. Basic Numeracy in Health and Care
  • Fundamental arithmetic skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Understanding fractions and decimals in healthcare contexts (e.g., 0.5 litres of fluid, 1/4 of a pill)
2. Accurate Measurement and Data Recording
  • Techniques for measuring patient vitals (e.g., temperature, blood pressure)
  • Recording and interpreting measurements accurately in patient charts
3. Medication Dosage Calculations
  • Basic principles of medication dosage calculation
  • Understanding and converting units (mg, ml, etc.)
  • Practice exercises on calculating and preparing correct dosages
4. Time Management in Patient Care
  •  Prioritising tasks in a healthcare setting
  • Scheduling patient care activities
  • Managing shift patterns and breaks effectively
5. Understanding Health-related Statistics
  • Basic understanding of health statistics (mortality rates, infection rates)
  • Reading and interpreting simple statistical data
  • Application of statistics in everyday health and care scenarios

Funded places are available for eligible adults.
  • Aged 19+
  • Live or work in Essex
  • No existing maths qualification at Grade C or above
  • UK or EEA national

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