New health scheme aims to improve care

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A national initiative for health workers is being rolled out within the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Healthcare and health support workers are among the first to take on the Care Certificate.

Our healthcare assistants play a vital role in caring for our patients. The Care Certificate helps to recognise this and applies clear, consistent national standards for the NHS.

Cath Siddle, director of nursing, patient safety and quality

It’s an initiative developed jointly by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health.

It follows a national independent government report into healthcare assistants and support workers in the NHS, known as the Cavendish Review. The review concluded that the public image of these staff was “outdated” and the levels of responsibility needed for this role has increased.

Staff in the stroke unit at the University Hospital of North Tees are the first to take part, before it is reviewed and then rolled out across the trust.

Director of nursing, patient safety and quality Cath Siddle said: “Our healthcare assistants play a vital role in caring for our patients. The Care Certificate helps to recognise this and applies clear, consistent national standards for the NHS.”

Health care assistants will be mentored during the 12 week programme by a registered nurse. They will be supported by the trust’s education and organisational development staff.

Once the pilot is complete it will be reviewed and then be rolled out across all wards and departments with healthcare assistants and healthcare support workers.