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Plans for healthcare assistant code of conduct announced


Plans have been announced to introduce a code of conduct, code of practice and induction standards for healthcare assistants in Wales.

Speaking at a UNISON healthcare support workers conference in Cardiff, Welsh health minister Edwina Hart said: “I plan to strengthen the arrangements to support the preparation, training, role and function of healthcare support workers.

“I am considering introducing a range of measures such as a code of conduct, code of practice and induction standards in Wales.”


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    I can not help but deduce from this that the introduction of there codes are a way of creating the new S.E.N. thus creating a new age Second Level nurse.

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  • My question is where do the Assistant Practitioners fit into this???

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  • It may help if HCA were compelled to do the job they were employed to do first, before trying to enhance their position, i.e.
    feed ill patients instead of just dumping their meal on the table, actually completing fluid balances, in effect ASSIST.

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  • I actually agree with anonymous above (29-Mar-2010 10:31 am), it would help immeasurably if a lot of health care ASSISTANTS did their job of toileting, washing, feeding etc instead of complaining when we are too busy to 'help them'??!! (Get a clue, the word assistant is in your title!)

    However saying that I have also met a lot of HCA's who are excellent at their job and would be excellent Nurses if they went through their training.

    The extended role of a HCA is a great thing in my opinion, it allows those excellent HCA's to fulfil their potential or even acts as a bridge for them to do their training. More importantly it gives them the knowledge to perform basic routine tasks that allows them to assist the staff Nurse more fully.

    The problem up until now is that if a task was delegated to a HCA, and something went wrong, it was never the HCA who had their careers ruined, it was the band 5, and this was wrong.

    If these 'codes' made HCA's as accountable for their actions to the NMC as trained staff Nurses are, then I welcome them wholeheartedly.

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  • Misan,

    I am an assistant practitioner (AP) that has been newly qualified, and it seems as though the registered professionals feel robbed. If I may say, the role is to assist, but you will agree that to assist one must know what they should be assisting with and how to do so effectively, safely and therapeutically.
    Yes by all means regulate us, but in no wise are we "AP" intending to take over the hard earned status of the registered professionals. Get to know us and more about our actual skills and knowledge and you may find that we are actually a blessing to the workforce than an actual curse.

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