The Cavendish Review to ensure vulnerable patients are treated with dignity says healthcare assistants (HCAs) should need to comply with a universal training system and gain accreditation before they are allowed work unsupervised. This review was carried out after the Francis Inquiry to offer recommendations on how the training and support for healthcare assistants and social care support workers could be improved.
Currently there is no consistent minimum qualification or training for HCAs. According to the review, the quality of training and support received by care workers in the NHS and social care system varies between organisations. Camilla Cavendish has proposed the creation of a new Certificate of Fundamental Care for HCAs. This qualification would link HCA training to nurse training, perhaps assisting staff to climb the career ladder.
Roberts, M. (2013). ‘Shake up’ for healthcare assistants in Mid Staffs wake. London: BBC News, July 10th 2013.
This relates to:
The Cavendish Review: an independent review into healthcare assistants and support workers in the NHS and social care settings. London: Department of Health, July 2013.
[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 8, July 2013].