The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has introduced the new title of nursing assistant, in recognition of the role of support staff within the overall nursing workforce.
The title will replace the healthcare assistant title for all those working in nursing teams, who undertake delegated aspects of nursing care and are supervised by a registered nurse. Those in band 3 roles will be known as senior nursing assistants “in recognition of their wider skill set”.
This change of title is accompanied by a “suite of resources” for nursing assistants employed by trusts in Northern Ireland. They include new standards for nursing assistants and an induction and development pathway. All of these resources can be found on the Department of Health website.
In Northern Ireland, health and social care services are integrated. The Northern Ireland Social Care Council regulates all social care assistants, including care assistants working in nursing homes. Whilst care assistants working in nursing homes are part of the nursing team and are supervised by a registered nurse, they are regulated by and must meet the Northern Ireland Social Care Standards.
Visit the Northern Ireland Social Care Council website for more information.