RCN health care assistants and assistant practitioners - 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.
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The government responds to the Francis Inquiry recommendations
On 19 November the government’s formal response to Francis was issued. Recommendations around registration were not accepted, but the importance of education, training and standards was noted. Health Education England has been asked to develop a “care certificate” and the code of conduct produced earlier this year will be reviewed. You can find out more on our regulation pages.
Dr Peter Carter stated in the RCN response; “We welcome the focus on consistent training for health care support workers through the care certificate. Although we remain convinced that the mandatory regulation of all health care support workers is the most effective way of protecting patients, the announcement today is an important first step”.
We've made a series of short films focusing on Health Care Support Workers. In this film, HCSWs explain how the RCN has supported them, and how getting involved in the College has helped them and those around them.
Membership of the RCN now costs just £4.06 per month for HCAs and APs for the first year. Why not tell your colleagues about this fantastic offer and the huge range of benefits that come with being a member of the RCN? Find out more and urge your friends to find out more information.
- Accountability and delegation
- RCN Direct online advice
- Record keeping
- Nursing practice issues
- Roles within the nursing team
- How to become an HCA
- How to become an AP
- Education and training
- Scholarships and awards
- The RCN HCA and AP Network
- Become an RCN representative
- Become a five-minute activist
- Join an RCN forum
- Become a diversity champion