Healthcare assistants demand regulation of their role

Eighty per cent of healthcare assistants are calling for regulation of their role to enable standards to be set and patient care outcomes improved.

45 per cent were poorly or very poorly valued, according to UNISON’s largest ever survey of healthcare assistants, which was published today.

Almost half of healthcare assistants are willing and keen to take up nurse training, with that figure rising to 70 per cent for younger healthcare assistants.

Unison believes that the review of nurse training by the Nursing and Midwifery Council may cut off access to training for healthcare assistants.

UNISON is today holding a conference of more than 250 healthcare workers in London.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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