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HCAs, APs and TNAs

Use this guide to find information resources related to healthcare assistants, healthcare support workers, assistant practitioners and trainee nursing associates including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 09/06/2022

Key Resources

RCN: First steps for healthcare assistants
  • First Steps is the RCN’s most popular free e-learning tool for health care assistants. It’s a perfect resource to dip in and out of, whether you’re new to the post or looking to refresh your knowledge and skills.
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Royal College of Nursing (2019) The role of nursing associates in vaccination and immunisation. Position statement. London: RCN.
Careers support: An RCN guide for health care assistants and assistant practitioners Royal College of Nursing (2016) Careers support: An RCN guide for health care assistants and assistant practitioners. London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2019) Health care support workers administering inactivated influenza, shingles and pneumococcal vaccines, for adults and live attenuated influenza vaccine (laiv) for children. RCN guidance. London: RCN.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) Standards of proficiency for nursing associates. London: NMC.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018?) Delegation and accountability. Supplementary information to the NMC code. London: NMC.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) The Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates. London: NMC.
NHS Education for Scotland (2018) HCSW learning framework. Edinburgh: NHSES.
NHS Education for Scotland: Healthcare support workers (HCSWS)
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership: HCSW Code of Conduct and Code of Practice
Skills for Health: The Care Certificate

Books

Book cover Flaherty C (2021) Practice-based learning for nursing associates. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Book Cover Flaherty C and Taylor M (2021) Developing academic skills for nursing associates. Thousand Oaks: Learning Matters.
Book Cover Harris M (2021) Understanding person-centred care for nursing associates. Thousand Oaks: Learning Matters.
Book Cover Ndungu E (2013) How to do a good job better in health and social care: practical skills and induction guide for healthcare assistants, support workers, carers, students, parents and guardians. Oxford: Bettercare Skills Ltd.
Book cover Peate I (2021) The nursing associate at a glance. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.
Book Cover Peate I (eds.)  (2021) The nursing associate's handbook of clinical skills. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.
Book Cover Peate I (2019) Learning to care: the nursing associate. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Book Cover Peate I (2017) Fundamentals of care: a textbook for health and social care assistants. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Book Cover Rawles Z (2019) Essential knowledge and skills for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners. 2nd edn. New York: Routledge.
Book Cover Roulston C and Davies M (2021) Medicines management for nursing associates. Thousand Oaks: Learning Matters.
Book cover Rowe G (2022) Health promotion for nursing associates. Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
Book Cover Rowe G, Ellis S, Gee D et al. (2020) The handbook for nursing associates and assistant practitioners. 2nd edn. London: Sage.
Book Cover Whelan A and Hughes E (2016) Clinical skills for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners. 2nd edn. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Learning game

The Care Certificate Game
  • A board game which helps providers and employers to implement the Care Certificate.The game is an easy way of managing group work, an essential part of the Care Certificate. It has been officially endorsed by Health Education England.
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Journal articles

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Journals

Journals of interest for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners.

Upcoming events relating to this subject guide

  • 11 Aug 2022 Online

    Accountability and Delegation seminar

    This morning seminar aims to highlight the general principles of accountability and delegation of duties. This event is suitable for all members of the nursing team: registered nurses, Health Care Support Workers/ Health Care Assistants, and nursing students working in the NHS or Independent Health & Social Care Sector.

  • 23 Nov 2022 Cardiff

    RCN Wales Health Care Support Worker Conference - register your interest

    Register your interest now! Join us as we celebrate Nursing Support Worker day with an event where we aim to empathise, empower, and energise. This event is for all nursing support worker roles.

  • 08 Dec 2022 Online

    Accountability and Delegation seminar

    This morning seminar aims to highlight the general principles of accountability and delegation of duties. This event is suitable for all members of the nursing team: registered nurses, Health Care Support Workers/ Health Care Assistants, and nursing students working in the NHS or Independent Health & Social Care Sector.

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