A scheme to support the training standards of healthcare assistants was unveiled by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley on November 15th 2011.
Speaking at the NHS Employers conference in Liverpool, Andrew Lansley described plans to develop a code of conduct and minimum training standards for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England.
This project will be handled jointly by Skills for Health and Skills for Care, working in partnership with unions, employers, regulators, educators etc. It will focus on the often neglected topics including communication, confidentiality, nutrition and hydration, and making basic observations.
Enabling Excellence: Autonomy and Accountability for Healthcare Workers, Social Workers and Social Care Workers (Cm8008, Feb 2011), clarified the Government’s general position.
Skills for Health and Skills for Care will present their recommendations to the Department of Health by September 2012. One or more voluntary register(s) for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England are to be created during 2013.
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