As a result, we’ve established a dedicated RCN West Midlands HCA Network which is committed to raising the profile of HCAs in the workplace, while at the same time providing attendees with an opportunity to develop themselves professionally and network with other HCAs from across the region.
The Network held its first meeting in November 2017 and throughout its first year has established a core group of attendees.
As well as raising the profile of HCAs, they discuss issues impacting on their role, but it isn’t just a closed ‘talking shop’ – the Network’s voice is heard at a national level through Phil White, who is the West Midlands committee member on the RCN UK Health Practitioner Committee, which can influence RCN policy and strategy on matters relating to health care assistants and assistant practitioners.
We’re really keen to develop the network and are looking for new members. It’s not a massive commitment – we meet three times a year on a Saturday morning (usually from 9am – 12.30pm) – and all we ask is that you work to raise the profile of HCAs in your workplace.
In an ideal world, you’d be an RCN member but we’re opening the network up to non-members who are committed to attending on a regular basis.
In return, you get the chance to influence how HCAs are viewed in the workplace and take advantage of professional development sessions which are specially developed for HCAs. You also get the additional benefit of networking with, and supporting, each other while learning about practice in diverse clinical areas.
Well our next meeting is on Saturday 10 March where, along with networking and discussing current issues, we will also be exploring how to raise concerns during a short workshop.
And if that’s too short a notice then don’t worry – we’ve got another meeting on Saturday 23 June.
To find out more, and to join our network, please feel free to email me - email@example.com.
I look forward to hearing from you!