The Welsh government has accepted the report's recommendations, and will look at how support workers could be regulated over the coming months. It will also develop a guide setting out the standards of conduct and practice NHS Wales requires of them by the end of this year.
Four trusts across the country are trialling measures that will see support workers taking on more responsibilities, reducing the number of non-clinical tasks undertaken by doctors and nurses.
Health minister Edwina Hart said: ‘To ensure we continue to attract and retain staff, we must provide more opportunities for career development for all staff.
‘It will help relieve pressure on specialist staff by reducing some of the less complex roles they have to do, which will ultimately aid job satisfaction and will support holistic care for patients.'
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