The Cavendish review has recommended that all healthcare assistants should complete a certificate in “fundamental” care before they can look after patients unsupervised.
The review, which was carried out by the Sunday Times journalist Camilla Cavendish, said introducing the Certificate of Fundamental Care would help to drive up standards and improve the status of support workers.
She said that HCAs who completed the certificate should be allowed to use the term “nursing assistant” in a bid to reduce the number of current job titles held by support workers.
Ms Cavendish said the description of the work of HCAs as “basic care” understated the skill needed for many of the tasks and proposed the Certificate of Fundamental Care would be a “badge of honour” and “a first step first step in a caring career”.
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