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HCA takes up representative role in Midlands

A Birmingham healthcare assistant has been selected as the West Midlands representative for the Royal College of Nursing’s health practitioner committee.

Joanie Spiegel is an assistant oncology practitioner at BMI Priory Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and has run HCA forums for the past two years.

She will use the new role to her promote a better understanding of the role of the HCA in both the private sector and the NHS.

Ms Spiegel said: “I will highlight the great work being done by HCAs supporting nurses, and other medical staff.  We are all here for the same reason – to give the patients the best care possible.

“I want to use my position on the health practitioner committee to highlight the work already being done and to look for any possible improvements in the way we work in the future,” she said.

Ms Spiegel added: “In years gone by HCAs were seen but not heard. That is changing since the Cavendish review was published in July this year and I am proud to be part those changes.”

The Cavendish review was an independent look into health care assistants and support workers in the NHS and social care.

It recommended changes in recruitment, training, supervision and workplace support, including the introduction of a mandatory education certificate for all HCAs.

The idea of the certificate was subsequently accepted by the government, though no date has yet been set for its introduction.    


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