Author: Fran Entwistle is assistant practice and web editor at Nursing Times
THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT
- The government response to the Francis recommendation to regulate healthcare assistants
- Minimum training standards for HCAs
YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:
The government response to the Francis report, or training of healthcare assistants in general.
IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?
This article will increase your knowledge of the role of healthcare assistants to support you in working with the multidisciplinary team. It also outlines government plans to implement minimum training standards for HCAs, and explains why these are necessary.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR
- Did you work as a HCA before you started your training?
- What training do HCAs on this unit have?
- In your experience, are all HCAs trained to a similar standard?
- What advantages and disadvantages would there be to regulating HCAs?
STUDENT NT DECODER
Following the uncovering of poor care, leading to deaths at Mid-Staffordshire Trust, the government commissioned Robert Francis QC to undertake an independent public inquiry. The Francis report is the result of this inquiry and includes 290 recommendations of how care can be improved throughout the health service.