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Training and recruitment of healthcare assistants in practices to be reviewed

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HCA Training has been closely associated with National Vocational Standards, which provides a reliable standard plus assessment guidelines. HCA training came about as there was a 20% reduction in workforce due to Project 2000 and withdraw of student nurses from service to an academic standing. In some areas , wages and salaries were examined with particular observation of enhanced payments. However this was 20 years ago and the dynamics of staffing a ward or community have radically changed ie the skill mix. It is also a concern that HCAs are assessing trainee HCA with a watering down of skill, attitude and knowledge. The HCA is a trained individual but only in what they have been trained to do. The SRN now the RN has a broad general educated and trained perspective BUT there are not enough within the skill mix; things will get worse.

Posted date

22 Feb 2013

Posted time

10:58am

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