Virtually all Nursing Times readers think healthcare assistants should complete a certificate in fundamental care before working unsupervised, according to a snap poll last week.
In our online Poll of the Week 94% backed the idea. Our question follows the publication of the Cavendish review earlier this month.
It recommended that all support workers in health and social care should complete a certificate in fundamental care, after which they would be given the title “nursing assistant”.
The government will state whether it wants to introduce the idea when it responds to the review in the autumn.
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