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As a healthcare assistant (HCA), you'll work under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, usually a nurse. Sometimes staff working in HCA roles are known as nursing assistants, nursing auxiliaries or auxiliary nurses.

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Labour will halt and review the NHS ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’, which are looking at closing health services across England, and ask local people to participate in the redrawing of plans with a focus on patient need rather than available finances. We will create a new quality, safety and excellence regulator – to be called ‘NHS Excellence’.

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We will guarantee that patients can be seen in A&E within four hours. By properly resourcing the NHS, Labour will stop the routine breach of safe levels of bed occupancy, and we will end mixed-sex wards. We will deliver the Cancer Strategy for England in full by 2020, helping 2.5 million people living with cancer. And, by properly resourcing ambulance services, we will end the scandal of slowing ambulance-response times.

With experience and further training, you could become a senior healthcare assistant. You could then apply to train as an assistant practitioner or, with the appropriate qualifications/evidence of academic ability, as a healthcare professional such as a nurse, podiatrist, midwife or occupational therapist for example.

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Our first urgent task will be to address the immediate funding crisis. We will increase the social care budgets by a further £8 billion over the lifetime of the next Parliament, including an additional £1 billion for the first year. This will be enough for providers to pay a real living wage without cutting the quality of care they provide. It will allow implementation of the principles of the Ethical Care Charter, already adopted in 28 council areas, ending 15-minute care visits and providing care workers with paid travel time, access to training and an option to choose regular hours.

If you experience cancer, we’ll be there for you with individual care at every stage of your cancer treatment for as long as you have Bupa health insurance. Your body is unique, so if you’re diagnosed with cancer, we could offer you genetic or molecular profiling tests to see if the treatment is right for you. That way, we can reduce the need for trial and error and get you on the right path faster†.

Health care or healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings. Healthcare is delivered by health professionals (providers or practitioners) in allied health professions, chiropractic, physicians, physician associates, dentistry, midwifery, nursing, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, psychology, and other health professions. It includes the work done in providing primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care, as well as in public health.

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This page has information on the role of the healthcare assistant, including entry requirements and skills needed.  Working life As a healthcare assistant (HCA), you'll work under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, usually a nurse. Sometimes staff working in HCA roles are known as nursing assistants, nursing auxiliaries or auxiliary nurses. The work varies depending on where you're based. In a hospital for example, you may be washing and dressing patients serving meals and helping to feed patients helping people to move around toileting making beds talking to patients and making them comfortable monitoring patients' conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight In a health centres and GP surgery, you may sterilise equipment do health checks restock consulting rooms process lab samples take blood samples do health promotion or health education work As well as nurses, HCAs work with doctors, midwives and other healthcare professionals. They have a lot of contact with patients. "The thing I enjoy most is providing individual patient care. Having a direct influence on a person’s health is very fulfilling and I love watching a person progress and improve from admission to discharge."  Luke Watson, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead  Read Luke's story Entry requirements  There are no set entry requirements to become a healthcare assistant. Employers expect good literacy and numeracy and may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and maths. They may ask for a healthcare qualification, such as BTEC or NVQ. Employers expect you to have some experience of healthcare or care work. This could be from paid or voluntary work. There are sometimes apprenticeships in healthcare that can give you experience to apply for HCA posts. Find out more about volunteering and gaining experience Skills and personal characteristics needed  To be a healthcare assistant, you'll need to be caring and kind cheerful and friendly willing to be hands-on with patients willing to do personal care tasks (washing, toileting, etc) able to follow instructions and procedures able to work in a team but use their own initiative You'll also need communication skills, including listening organisation skills observational skills Training and development Your training as a healthcare assistant will include basic nursing skills and you'll work towards the Care Certificate, developed by Skills for Care, Skills for Health and Health Education England and launched in 2015. Find out more about the Care Certificate You may also be offered the chance to study for qualifications such as the CACHE level 2 Certificate in Healthcare Support Services the CACHE level 2 or 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support These could be done through an apprenticeship.  Some HCAs join the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) as health practitioner members. The RCN runs training events and conferences so HCAs can update their skills and network with others doing similar work. Pay and conditions Expand / Collapse Healthcare assistants usually work standard hours of around 37.5 a week. They may work shifts, which could involve nights, early starts, evenings and weekends. In the NHS, HCAs are paid on the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay system. You'd typically start at AfC band 2. With further training and experience, you could apply for posts at bands 3 and 4 (as an assistant practitioner). Terms and conditions will vary outside of the NHS. Where the role can lead Expand / Collapse With experience and further training, you could become a senior healthcare assistant. You could then apply to train as an assistant practitioner or, with the appropriate qualifications/evidence of academic ability, as a healthcare professional such as a nurse, podiatrist, midwife or occupational therapist for example. Job market and vacancies Expand / Collapse Opportunities for HCAs are growing in hospitals and in the community. There has also been an increasing number of apprenticeship opportunities in health and social care.   Most NHS trusts advertise their vacancies on NHS Jobs. Some advertise on their own websites. You can find a list of NHS organisations NHS Choices. If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services, you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. Find out more about NHS values. 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Loneliness is an increasing problem for our society, and as Jo Cox put it, “young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate”. A Labour government will create a more equal society for the many by working with communities, civil society and business to reduce loneliness.

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Labour will also bring an end to the neglect of children’s mental health. Half of people with mental health problems as adults present with symptoms by the age of 14. Yet, across England only 8 per cent of mental health funding goes to services for children and young people. In recent years, referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have increased by two-thirds, and the number of young people presenting to A&E units with psychiatric conditions has doubled. Suicide is now the most common cause of death for boys aged between five and 19.

An important role is acting as the patient’s advocate and co-ordinating the care of the many people who have multiple health problems. Since primary care practitioners often care for people over extended periods of time, the relationship between patient and doctor is particularly important. Primary health care involves providing treatment for common illnesses, the management of long term illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease and the prevention of future ill-health through advice, immunisation and screening programmes.

For our health and care services to be sustainable in the long term, we need a renewed commitment to keeping people fit and well. Labour will focus our efforts on children’s health, protecting the wellbeing of the nation for the decades to come.

The term "secondary care" is sometimes used synonymously with "hospital care". However, many secondary care providers do not necessarily work in hospitals, such as psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, most dental specialties or physiotherapists (physiotherapists are also primary care providers, and a referral is not required to see a physiotherapist), and some primary care services are delivered within hospitals. Depending on the organization and policies of the national health system, patients may be required to see a primary care provider for a referral before they can access secondary care.

Labour will invest in our NHS, to give patients the modern, well-resourced services they need for the 21st century. Labour will ensure that NHS patients get the world-class quality of care they need and that staff are able to deliver the standards that patients expect.

Health Insurance Health insurance provides peace of mind knowing that you'll have fast access to see a specialist and to diagnostic tests to find out what's wrong. If you require treatment, you'll have a much greater choice about where, when and by whom you are treated.

Health information technology (HIT) is "the application of information processing involving both computer hardware and software that deals with the storage, retrieval, sharing, and use of health care information, data, and knowledge for communication and decision making." Technology is a broad concept that deals with a species' usage and knowledge of tools and crafts, and how it affects a species' ability to control and adapt to its environment. However, a strict definition is elusive; "technology" can refer to material objects of use to humanity, such as machines, hardware or utensils, but can also encompass broader themes, including systems, methods of organization, and techniques. For HIT, technology represents computers and communications attributes that can be networked to build systems for moving health information. Informatics is yet another integral aspect of HIT.

Change in action Our approach is different from other healthcare providers. We are working to become completely honest and transparent, putting our care in the hands of those who matter. You can see what we’re doing well and where we could improve. This approach means that we will be supplying the best care possible, reacting to our feedback and performance. Tell us your story We want to hear your feedback on our services Commitment to quality We are passionate about quality and improving the way we do things. Find out more.

For getting the help you need faster We’re here to help you deal with health issues big and small, sooner rather than later. From reassuring advice following diagnosis, the very moment you need it, to an eligible diagnostic scan which we’d aim to do within two days, we act quickly, so you can move forward faster. For fast help with muscle, bone and joint problems You rely on your body for every move you make, so any issues need to be sorted as quickly as possible. If you call us with a problem, our physiotherapists can give you advice on managing your pain and a specialist referral if you need one, usually without the need for a GP appointment‡. For healthcare that rewards you As well as money off things that can help you stay healthy, like food shopping and gym memberships, we sometimes offer little rewards just to make you smile – like free coffee for you and a friend. Because your health insurance should keep you happy as well as healthy. Terms and conditions apply.

If your consultant recommends a drug or treatment that isn’t widely available, we could approve it for you within 24 hours, as long as the drug is licensed for your specific condition within the UK and eligible. We even consider those that aren’t available on the NHS or NICE approved.
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