New strengthened training standards for healthcare support workers in the Welsh NHS have been unveiled by the Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford.
Healthcare support workers make up a large part of the NHS Wales workforce, working alongside nurses and other healthcare professionals. The new framework will apply to clinical healthcare support workers in nursing, midwifery and allied health professional roles from April 1, 2016.
It is based on national occupational standards and competences and introduces a common set of standards for training and education, recognising the skills, knowledge and experience of individuals as they develop in their role. The framework’s development has been led by Philippa Ford, from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
It has been designed to provide the foundation for healthcare support workers’ practice and to be the route to career progression, whether this is an on-the-job requirement or a personal aspiration.