A training programme for healthcare support workers
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A training programme for healthcare support workers

Gillian Arblaster Associate director of nursing
Chris Streather Support worker training manager
Lesley Hugill Support worker
Melvina McKenzie Training adviser
Judith Missenden Internal verifier, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry

Healthcare support workers (HCSWs) are at the front line of patient care delivery. It is essential that they are appropriately trained and competent in the skills required to deliver the fundamentals of care. There is also a need for HCSWs to have access to continuing professional development that offers a career pathway. The University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has developed a framework for career progression that incorporates three phases of continuing professional development. These are organised and co-ordinated by a dedicated support worker training team comprising four registered nurses plus senior support workers in the role of peripatetic NVQ Care assessors.

Nursing Standard. 18, 43,33-37. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.07.18.43.33.c3640