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This section gathers together resources for Healthcare Assistants and Assistant Practitioners, including relevant articles, and our quarterly supplement exclusively for HCAs and APs - Support in Practice.
The purpose of this guide is to address some of the key issues regarding the delegation of tasks to health care assistants (HCAs), and to offer practical guidance on a number of topics, including: Training, Supervision, Liability, accountability and responsibility.
Author: Susan Carol Webb
Date: June 2011
Journal: Nursing Standard
Issue: Volume 25, Number 41
Keywords: Education methods, healthcare assistants, national vocational qualifications
Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are an integral part of the workforce in acute NHS hospitals. They carry out a variety of roles depending on the needs of the clinical area in which they work. However, there are no nationally agreed training standards for HCAs and consequently they work to varying levels of ability and skill. This article explores the education and training opportunities that are available to HCAs in acute NHS hospitals and the problems associated with accessing them. It also discusses how training HCAs to a uniform standard is an important requisite for the regulation of this workforce.
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Integrated Care Priorities for an individual and their families during the last days of life (Health Care Support Workers)
RCN Wales, Ty Maeth, Cardiff, CF14 4XZ
31 January 2013 to 31 January 2013
This morning seminar is designed to identify the role of the health care support worker in meeting the care priorities of an individual and their family in the last days of life.
HCAs, APs and Students at RCN Congress 2013
Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre
22-24 April 2013
The RCN runs a special programme for HCAs, APs, and nursing and midwifery students over three days.