A new review of training and support for healthcare assistants will look at how they can be helped to progress into more senior roles, including becoming registered nurses.
The terms of reference for the Cavendish Review were published last week by the Department of Health. The independent review, announced in February, is being led by Times journalist Camilla Cavendish and will report back at the end of May.
Among the objectives it has been set are to consider what can be done to ensure all patients are treated with care and compassion by HCAs and make recommendations about recruitment, training, management, development and support – noting that they do a “challenging but vital job” that can be “emotionally draining”.
The review will explore how recruitment can be “strengthened to place the right people, with the right values, in the right setting”, whether staff have role models with the right values and what kind of management and supervision work best.
It will also look at training and development, asking what further action is needed to raise training standards on top of the minimum standards published last week.
In addition, the review will investigate how to ensure consistency in training standards that provide transferable competences and qualifications, and what “ladder can be put in place” to enable HCAs to progress to “their potential”, including senior HCA roles and enabling them to become registered.
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