The General Duty Assistant (GDA) program is a short duration skill based training program, with an objective to
develop a pool of trained workforce which can be employed by hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide support
to nurses, doctors as well as other healthcare team members in ensuring quality care to the patients. This program
focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary to provide support by undertaking non-clinical tasks or the activities
that have been directed by the healthcare team members.
Every healthcare setting big or small, needs GDAs to undertake and manage non-clinical activities within a
healthcare setting (e.g. patient sample transportation, documentation, infection control and cleanliness). The
GDAs can progress to take up similar profiles such as Home Health Aide, Nursing aides and assistants, or can
also have vertical progression by taking up more responsibilities such as GDA supervisor, Floor supervisor etc.
after adequate experience.
The program aims at making a student competent to perform the following skills:
Demonstrate skills in patient positions and use of assistive devices, Preparation of Patient care unit ,skills in
transporting a patient, handling of samples , drugs and linen and use and after care of equipments
Demonstrate skills General Hygiene and Grooming, bathing procedures and guidelines, mouth, eye, ear, skin,
hair, nail and foot care, feeding the patient , taking care of elimination needs and Procedures
Practice infection control measures, promote safety and demonstrate right methods of bio medical waste