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THE RCN NEGOTIATES THE END OF NURSING
In an effort to cut staffing overheads, Four Seasons said it had created the new role for care assistants (Care Home Assistant Practitioner; CHAP), who will perform some duties traditionally performed by nurses. It hopes to recruit 200 of these by the end of the year.
The role is an enhanced care assistant role that will, after a period of extra training and competency assessment, provide clinical interventions to enhance the resident experience and the level of care residents receive under supervision of a registered nurse. Historically these clinical interventions would have been carried out by a registered nurse.
This new role provides promising carers with the opportunity to develop their skills to support Registered Nurses. It was developed as part of an industry-wide initiative in consultation with the Royal College of Nursing, The Association of Directors of Adult Social Care and Care England.
After successful completion of the 12-week structured programme the CHAPs will undertake routine procedures for which they have been assessed as competent, working under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. These could include, for example: taking and recording of temperature, blood pressure and respiration; moving & handling assessments; administration of simple dressings; administration of medication and prescribed nutritional support; pressure sore prevention.
To be accepted for the training programme, Care Assistants require the National Vocational Qualification in health and social care at level 3. Carers who have NVQ level 2 may be considered provided they commit to achieve NVQ level 3 within 12 months.
THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF NURSING
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