Nurses and healthcare assistants are being urged to take part in a consultation on the future development of a code of conduct and training standards for healthcare support workers.
The Department of Health commissioned the workforce body Skills for Health to carry out the work earlier this year, in response to mounting pressure to introduce mandatory regulation for HCAs and other support staff.
Although the DH has repeatedly ducked calls for mandatory HCA regulation, it has said the code of conduct and training standards being developed for HCAs and social care support workers could eventually lead to the creation of voluntary registers.
Skills for Health opened a consultation to “assist and inform” the development of the new code and standards on 25 July.
However, in a statement released last week it said “contributions are still being sought”.
The project aims to identify the standards of training and practice required for HCAs that report to registered nurses and midwives.
The work also covers adult social care workers working in support of health and social care professionals, independently, for Care Quality Commission registered residential care providers, or as domiciliary care workers in England.
Tricia Hart, deputy chief executive and director of nursing and patient safety at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, called on nurses to contribute.
She said: “I would encourage colleagues across the NHS to engage with the process ensuring their voices are heard.”
The consultation will close on 7 September with a final report expected from Skills for Health soon after.