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Jacqueline Leigh, MSc, BSc, RGN, is lecturer in nursing, University of Salford
- Carrying out a survey questionnaire of junior doctors and senior house officers working in the surgical area before implementation of the new HCA role to identify issues surrounding junior doctors' working day and to identify tasks that could be performed by HCAs and other staff;
Twelve questionnaires were distributed to junior doctors and senior house officers, five of which were returned. The following key tasks were identified, and were incorporated into a two-week intensive training programme for HCAs:
- The need to develop a system with the doctors;
However, the questionnaire surveys identified that not all the tasks that junior doctors had identified as suitable for other staff to do can be addressed by developing the HCA role. There is a need to re-examine roles across all disciplines so as to identify the most appropriate person to deliver patient care. Such an analysis could indicate, for example, that the ward pharmacist could become more involved with the discharge drug prescription and that nurses need to develop further their assessment and clinical skills.