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Healthcare Assistants and Assistant Practitioners

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

Last updated: 21/08/2017

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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RCN: 100 top tips from HCWs, HCAs, APs and other nursing support workers
Accountability and delegation: a guide for the nursing team Royal College of Nursing (2015) 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 (2015) Careers support: An RCN guide for health care assistants and assistant practitioners, London: RCN.
Record keeping: the facts Royal College of Nursing (2015) Record keeping: the facts, London: RCN.
NHS Education for Scotland: Workforce development - healthcare support worker
NHS Wales (2016) Developing excellence in healthcare: an NHS Wales skills and career framework for healthcare support workers supporting nursing and the allied health professions, Cardiff: NHS Wales.
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership: HCSW Code of Conduct and Code of Practice
Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC): Development of health care support worker roles supporting nursing (2013-2014)
Skills for Health: The Care Certificate

Books

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 edition), Chichester: 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.
Grainger A (2009) Essential practice for healthcare assistants, London: Mark Allen group. Grainger A (2009) Essential practice for healthcare assistants, London: Mark Allen group.
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 edition), 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 edition), Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
Kessler I, Heron, P and Dopson S (2012) The modernization of the nursing workforce: valuing the healthcare assistant, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Kessler I, Heron, P and Dopson S (2012) The modernization of the nursing workforce: valuing the healthcare assistant, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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.
Rawles Z (2014) Essential knowledge and skills for healthcare assistants, Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. Rawles Z (2014) Essential knowledge and skills for healthcare assistants, Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.
Sorrentino S and Remmert L (2016) Mosby Sorrentino S and Remmert L (2016) Mosby's textbook for nursing assistants (9th edition), St. Louis: Mosby.

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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