Review into healthcare workers published

The Cavendish review: an independent review into healthcare assistants and support workers in the NHS and social care settings

New proposals by Camilla Cavendish to ensure care and compassion in the NHS and social care.

This independent review by Camilla Cavendish makes a number of recommendations on how the training and support of both healthcare assistants who work in hospitals, and social care support workers who are employed in care homes and people’s own homes, can be improved to ensure they provide care to the highest standard.

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Patients to get better care from healthcare assistants


apronsandfeetA new independent review will look at how the training and support of healthcare and care assistants can be strengthened so they give better care to patients, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today.

The review will be led by Times journalist Camilla Cavendish who will report back to Government at the end of May. It will look at how healthcare assistants can have the training and support they need to provide essential services to the highest standards. Ms Cavendish will also look at how recruitment can be strengthened to place the right people, with the right values and behaviours, in the right settings.

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Skills for Health: online consultation

Have your say on the development of the minimum training standards and code of conduct for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England.

An online consultation was launched today to get the views of healthcare staff and education and training providers across health and social care on the minimum training standards and code of conduct for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers. If you would like to participate in the consultation visit our website. The closing date for the consultation is Friday 29th June.

Skills for Health and Skills for Care have been commissioned by the Department of Health to jointly convene the project to develop a code of conduct and standards which set out high-level proficiencies for the role and expectations around:

  • healthcare support workers (reporting to registered nurses and midwives)
  • adult social care workers (working in support of health and social care professionals, independently, for Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered residential care providers, or as domiciliary care workers in England)

The expectation is that the output from this work will be used by a body (or bodies) establishing a voluntary register(s) for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England as part of its standards for inclusion on a register. For more information please see the briefing document.