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Exclusive: Senior HCA ‘bridging’ role will be piloted next year


"Ms Bayliss-Pratt also stressed the proposed role would not be equivalent to a state enrolled nurse – phased out during the 1990s – because trainees would need to meet a set of nationally agreed competencies." - SENs had to meet competencies. "...the role would not be a “default” for those who failed to gain a registered nurse qualification, as the SEN was, she said." - this was the case up until 1983, after then students who failed their RGN final exams had to sit and pass the SEN exam to be able to register as a nurse. “The SEN role was about bedside nursing but didn’t have an academic component. This would have an academic component.” "Ms Bayliss-Pratt said HEE was looking at a work-based learning programme that would be around two years in length for entry level care assistants," - SENs who applied for that level of training (rather than SRN/RGN) had to pass ward based assessments and a final exam at the end of a two year work-based training to gain the qualification. Don't undermine a role and training that produced a committed, caring, experienced and knowledgeable workforce who were "at the bedside" where nursing needs to be. Isn't this senior HCA role to be "at the bedside" to cover for the shortfall in "academic" nurses who are being moved away from it? A lot of original SENs fast-tracked to RGN training over the years following the ceasing of the SEN training. What I'm trying to say here is...this is nothing new...

Posted date

21 October, 2015

Posted time

12:33 pm