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Issue : HCA's: The heart of healthcare

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  • A great opportunity to influence nursing’s future

    HCAs: the heart of healthcareSubscription

    Unison21 April, 2009

    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.

  • Kevin Maguire and Steve Trwoga both work as HCAs at HM Prison Liverpool

    Opportunities for HCAs to work prison health care increasingSubscription

    Unison21 April, 2009

    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

    New body to protect vulnerable adults and childrenSubscription

    Unison21 April, 2009

    A new body has been set up to help prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable adults and children, reports UNISON’s Sarah Peters

  • A grading review can help HCAs to ensure they are working at the right level for their pay band

    Move up the ladder with a grading reviewSubscription

    Unison21 April, 2009

    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

  • HCA apprentice schemes are expected to help economic recovery

    Apprenticeships in health care could help economic recoverySubscription

    Unison21 April, 2009

    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

  • Frank Stabana is a healthcare support worker at Arnold Lodge

    Working as an HCA in mental healthSubscription

    Unison21 April, 2009

    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

  • The pressure to regulate HCAs is increasing.

    How should HCAs be regulated?Subscription

    Unison21 April, 2009

    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

  • Patients medical records

    HCAs and patient confidentialitySubscription

    Unison21 April, 2009

    Patients have the right to confidentiality from all healthcare professionals, including HCAs, reports Adrian O’Dowd

  • Nurse facing dilemma

    What kind of employment-related support can UNISON offer me?Subscription

    Unison21 April, 2009

    Many employment-related situations are difficult to deal with alone, and union support is invaluable. These questions illustrate the sort of help UNISON can offer