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


I completely agree with the previous comment but another perspective on this could view it as another of the government’s attempts to de-professionalise elements of the workforce (look at medicine) and to weaken anything that vaguely looks like a trade union) – yes it is blatantly about money, but also about having a malleable workforce (oh sorry the term is flexible) that can be shifted at will to cover gaps, and that will not question the values and underpinnings of the care system that is emerging in this country (and that are convenient scapegoats - e.g. blamed for all the wrongs as in the interpretations of the Francis report) . But (and it’s a huge but) one needs to consider what we may end up with if we go down the line of bolt-ons, quick degrees and quick fixes,( all based on huge assumptions i.e. having caring experience or being a HCA first means you’ll be a better nurse- no disrespect meant, but while that may indeed be the case for many individuals, the causal link is simplistic in the extreme and does not follow for everyone and there is also the need to take into consideration enculturation, socialisation, and so on) if we are not careful we may end up with a nursing workforce that does not have the enquiring , questioning, analytical mind-set needed to challenge some of the issues we see on a day to day basis (rationing, inappropriate care, patient safety issues, disadvantaging of certain groups etc etc). It is difficult enough now for nurses to challenge and question decisions and practices!

Posted date

21 October, 2015

Posted time

4:21 pm