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Welcome to our week celebrating healthcare assistants

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This week we celebrate and pay tribute to this vital group of healthcare workers performing essential care tasks that make patients feel comfortable, safe and well looked after.

All too often, healthcare assistants are overlooked and overshadowed, but as the biggest group of people providing hands-on care in people’s homes, care homes, hospitals and GP practices, it’s important that we recognise their important role and don’t exclude or ostracise them. We’ve got tips to help you work with HCAs, supervise and mentor them to ensure that they deliver the best care with the greatest confidence.

There are some excellent multi-disciplinary teams out there who are utilising all the skills of their healthcare professionals – and patients and the teams are benefitting as a result.

In this special week-long content for HCAs, we’ll talk to those doing the job about their hopes, dreams and ambitions.

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We will highlight the clinical and communication skills considered non-negotiable and we’ll look at how to work with different patient groups.

If you’re thinking of becoming an HCA, take our test to see if you’ve got the necessary skills and emotionally what it takes.

And if you still want more, there’s special learning units that we are making free just for this week.

Enjoy this week-long special and let us know what you think at @nursingtimes or on our facebook page.

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