Support in practice Aug 2014

This is a quarterly supplement produced by Nursing Standard for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners.

In this collection of articles, we look at clinical training programmes for HCAs and how to address dehydration. 

Support in practice

Well trained in understanding
Healthcare assistants (HCAs) at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been busy with a series of clinical training programmes run for them by the nearby Open University.
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Courses & resources
Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
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The memory services team
In the award-winning memory services at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in Carlisle, assistant practitioners are an essential part of the team.
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A course that allows me to fulfil my dream of nursing
As a mature student with many life experiences, I always wanted to be a nurse, and the opportunity to study at BPP University school of health offered me the chance to fulfil my dream. The university’s higher education certificate in health and social care allows students to apply for nurse training.
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It is just a matter of application
The Camilla Cavendish review of support worker education was clear that improving the quality of healthcare assistant (HCA) learning is central to delivering safe and effective care. Well trained staff should treat patients well, so the point of education and training must be to support HCAs to deliver effective care. But how to guarantee this?
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Being washed by someone is therapeutic... and a treat
When in Istanbul, I visited a hamam, a traditional Turkish bath. I’m familiar with other bathing rituals – steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi – but suspected being washed by someone in front of others was not very British.
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Going the extra mile for patients
Just 14 months after she changed career to become a healthcare assistant, Dot O’Meara was presented with one of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust’s ten unsung hero awards.
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Addressing dehydration
Maintaining an adequate fluid intake is vital for health. Under normal circumstnces, humans require about 2.5 litres of fluid per day. Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than it takes in, and can be the result of either inadequate fluid intake or excessive fluid loss.
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Legal advice
Frequently, I am asked by healthcare assistants (HCAs) what the Mental Capacity Act 2005 has to do with their practice as they are not concerned with formal assessments of decision-making capacity or determinations of patients’ best interests.
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