Thirteen HCAs attended the inaugural network meeting in Birmingham where they were welcomed by Phil White, the region's newly-elected representative on the RCN's national Health Practitioner Committee.
Paul Vaughan, the RCN's West Midlands Regional Director, then facilitated a morning of discussion and activities designed to identify the key issues faced by HCAs in the region and explore ways of addressing them.
Priorities for action
- Standardising education for HCAs
- Valuing HCAs and celebrating their positive contribution to health care
- Exploring how research may help shape the future of the HCA role and evidence its contribution to patient care
- Looking at a career progression framework and the opportunities for HCAs to develop their talents and skills