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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: 29/07/2021

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.
Royal College of Nursing (2017) Accountability and delegation, a guide for the nursing team, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2017) Accountability and delegation: a guide for the nursing team. 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

Carter P (2017) Lippincott essentials for nursing assistants: a humanistic approach to caregiving (4th edition), Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. Carter P (2017) Lippincott essentials for nursing assistants: a humanistic approach to caregiving. 4th edn. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
Carter P (2016) Lippincott textbook for nursing assistants: a humanistic approach to caregiving (4th edition),   Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. Carter P (2016) Lippincott textbook for nursing assistants: a humanistic approach to caregiving .4th edn. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
Flaherty C and Taylor M (2021) Developing academic skills for nursing associates. Thousand Oaks: Learning Matters.
Harris M (2021) Understanding person-centred care for nursing associates. Thousand Oaks: Learning Matters.
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. 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.
Peate - Learning to care Peate I (2019) Learning to care: the nursing associate. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Peate I (eds.)  (2021) The nursing associate's handbook of clinical skills. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.
Peate I (2017) Fundamentals of care: a textbook for health and social care assistants, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Peate I (2017) Fundamentals of care: a textbook for health and social care assistants. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Rawles - Essential knowlege Rawles Z (2019) Essential knowledge and skills for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners. 2nd edn. New York: Routledge.
Roulston C and Davies M (2021) Medicines management for nursing associates. Thousand Oaks: Learning Matters.
Rowe G, Ellis S, Gee D et al. (2020) The handbook for nursing associates and assistant practitioners. 2nd edn. London: Sage. Rowe G, Ellis S, Gee D et al. (2020) The handbook for nursing associates and assistant practitioners. 2nd edn. London: Sage.
Sorrentino S and Remmert L (2016) Mosby's textbook for nursing assistants (9th edition), St. Louis: Mosby. Sorrentino S and Remmert L (2016) Mosby's textbook for nursing assistants. 9th edn. St. Louis: Mosby.
Whelan A and Hughes E (2016) Clinical skills for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners (2nd   edition), Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. 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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Journals

Journals of interest for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners.

Upcoming events relating to this subject guide

  • 04 Nov 2021 Online

    Myth Busting the Menopause (for Registered Nurses, Midwives, Health Care Support Workers and Nursing Students)

    This morning seminar aims to: Increase knowledge of the Menopause Basics, raise awareness of the red flags associated with the menopause, and improve understand around the risks and benefits of HRT. This event is hosted by RCN Wales but you do not need to be working in Wales to join us!  

  • 25 Nov 2021 Online

    RCN Wales Domestic Abuse Conference: Tackling Difficult Conversations

    This conference will explore the perceptions of surviving domestic abuse and the domestic abuse cycle, discuss how healthcare staff can be supported if exposed to domestic abuse, and consider the impact of domestic abuse on children, the promotion of trauma informed approaches to practice and demonstrate an example of best practice in supporting families. You do not need to be based in Wales to join us for this event.  

  • 07 Dec 2021 Online

    Stroke seminar (for Registered Nurses, Health Care Support Workers and Nursing Students)

    This morning seminar aims to provide a refresher/ enhanced knowledge in relation to common causes and types of stroke, and the consequences of stroke, acute treatments for stroke, and stroke prevention. This event is hosted by RCN Wales but you do not need to be working in Wales to join us!  

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