Issue : HCA's: The heart of healthcare
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HCAs: the heart of healthcareSubscription
As I write this, I have just had first-hand experience of the NHS at its finest. I turned up as requested at 7am for my admission and was greeted by a young HCA who checked me in then directed me to my bed space. She showed all the patients around individually so we all knew where everything was.
Since prison health care became the responsibility of the NHS, opportunities for HCAs to work in this specialist environment have increased, reports Adrian O’Dowd
A new body has been set up to help prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable adults and children, reports UNISON’s Sarah Peters
Move up the ladder with a grading reviewSubscription
A grading review can help HCAs ensure they are working at the right level for their pay band - or make the case to move up a band, says Kathy Oxtoby
As part of its strategy to prepare the country for economic recovery, the government is increasing opportunities for apprenticeships in health care, says Dave Godson
Working as an HCA in mental healthSubscription
Working in mental health care is both challenging and rewarding for HCAs, who work in settings ranging from the community to secure hospitals. Ingrid Torjesen explains
How should HCAs be regulated?Subscription
As HCAs take on more responsibilities and carry out more procedures, the pressure to regulate them is increasing. Views on how this should be done differ, explains Adrian O’Dowd
HCAs and patient confidentialitySubscription
Patients have the right to confidentiality from all healthcare professionals, including HCAs, reports Adrian O’Dowd
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