Health Education England has launched a major consultation on ways to develop band 1 to 4 NHS staff, including increasing the number of healthcare assistants that move into nursing.
The Talent for Care document, which calls for the views of nurses and other healthcare professionals, highlights the plight of low-paid support workers, with wide variations in training opportunities across the country.
It also says there is a “mismatch” between the training and support NHS organisations claim to offer and the experiences of staff on the ground, which has contributed to “some serious failures in care”.
Feedback from the consultation will help create a national strategy for bands 1 to 4, which will include minimum training standards for HCAs, the development of formal career paths into band 5 posts and beyond, and more opportunities to access registered training courses like nursing.
Will these plans result in a second level nurse role?
What training and education should healthcare assistants receive before they have contact with patients?
What is your response to this consultation?