Issue : 30 September 2008
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Stamping out aggressionSubscription
New statistics highlight the need for government and employers to tackle violence and aggression against HCAs by patients, reports Louise Hunt
Unison works to ensure that all HCAs have access to education and development, whether they want to remain in an HCA role or progress further in order to gain professional qualifications, reports Jennifer Taylor
A leader who appreciates the value of HCAsSubscription
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis understands the pressures and challenges HCAs face, and has reason to appreciate the work they do, reports Ann Shuttleworth
Will regulation be fair to HCAs?Subscription
Although it is likely to be introduced soon, the shape of HCA regulation is far from clear, reports Ingrid Torjesen
What’s it really like to work as a HCA?Subscription
Their presence in all areas of healthcare means HCAs have an unrivalled range of job opportunities and choice, reports Emma Wilkinson
HCAs are the backbone of the health serviceSubscription
I am always impressed by the dedication and care shown by members of the healthcare team as they go about their work. Nowhere was this more evident than at UNISON’s recent healthcare assistant conference.
The Department of Health has published a thromboembolism risk assessment strategy, recommended for use with all patients on admission to hospital. Nerys Hairon reports
Antibiotics safe during pregnancySubscription
Pregnant women should be advised not to be concerned about taking antibiotics to treat infections, according to the Department of Health, despite new research linking the drugs with an increased risk of cerebral palsy.
Big change from small measuresSubscription
Introducing a range of small, practical improvements to elderly care wards can significantly reduce Clostridium difficile rates, data suggests.
Mental health group to be set upSubscription
The Infection Prevention Society is to set up a special interest group for infection control nurses working in mental health settings.