Support in practice Nov 2014

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

In this collection of articles we look at the steps being taken to introduce the Care Certificate from March 2015, talk to those piloting a care certificate for HCAs, and Maxine Armistead explains how she enhanced her skills with a foundation degree.

Support in practice

Recognising one of a kind
Nurse award winner Letso Rapoo manages a defence ward staffed entirely by healthcare assistants.
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Smart start as apprentice
Young people are finding their way into employment via a tried and tested scheme, as Carol Davis reports
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Open university offers HCAs a route into nursing
A new apprenticeship scheme designed to widen access to nursing is allowing healthcare assistants without academic qualifications to embark on a route into nursing
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Putting compassion first
Helen Bodlak and Catherine Hazleton are piloting a care certificate for HCAs
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Every day is a lesson in care
Maxine Armistead enhanced her skills with a foundation degree
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Preparing to implement the care certificate
Planning for the introduction of the Care Certificate from March 2015 is a partnership approach to healthcare assistant (HCA) development, one of the recommendations of Health Education England’s Talent for Care support role strategy
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Reducing harm from pressure ulcers
Early identification of patients at risk of developing pressure ulcers is vital, says Robin Lewis
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Legal advice
Although healthcare assistants (HCAs) are not registered practitioners, they are still accountable to a range of people who regulate their conduct
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