Caring for you while you care for others

Health care assistants (HCAs) and assistant practitioners (APs) are hugely valued members of the RCN and the nursing team. Although there are a wide range of titles used to describe these roles, we have chosen to encompass all of these under the titles HCA and AP.

Look on the left hand side of this page for topics that interest you, and see below for a full listing of the content.

Care certificate guidance and materials have been launched

The care certificate is now live in England. It is intended to be one part of the induction for staff who are employed as Health Care Assistants, Assistant Practitioners, Care Support Workers and those giving support to clinical roles in the NHS where there is any direct contact with patients.

Further information is available on the following sites:

Health Education England 
Skills for Health
Skills for Care

New Health Education England strategies for development of the NHS support workforce

Two important strategies for the development of the NHS support workforce were launched recently by Health Education England:

• Talent for Care
• Widening Participation: It matters.

Employers are recognised as playing an important part in achieving the goals set out in these documents. They are being asked to make commitments and pledges to offer a more diverse, representative range of people to access education, employment and development opportunities in the NHS.
To find out more about the strategies, visit Talent for Care and Widening Participation.

Online learning resource to help you support behaviour change

HCAs and APs in all areas of nursing support people in making changes to their lifestyle and behaviour, from adopting a healthier lifestyle to empowering individuals to managing their own health.

The RCN resource to help staff support people with behaviour and lifestyle change is now available on the CPD area of the RCN web site and is an open access resource for anyone involved in supporting lifestyle and behaviour change. Find out more.

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Health care support workers can join the RCN in our health practitioner membership category, and enjoy the huge range of benefits on offer. Find out more and urge your colleagues to join today.


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