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Toolkit to assist healthcare assistant employment

A new toolkit aimed at supporting the employment of healthcare assistants is now live on the RCN website.

The toolkit aims to simplify the process of employing healthcare assistants and will help assistants themselves, as well as primary care trusts, educationalists and patients.

The toolkit was originally developed by the Department of Health funded Working in Partnership (WiPP) which was set up to create capacity within GP practices.

The kit consists of downloadable documents detailing the role of healthcare assistants, education and training opportunities, how to integrate a healthcare assistant into the team, and how to plan their career and development.

The RCN plans to develop the toolkit to make it relevant for all clinical settings.