Auxiliary nurse training – a dog’s breakfast
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
In December the Government reneged on a commitment to fund a programme designed to equip care workers with the skills to perform a variety of clinical nursing tasks, withdrawing the promise of £178,000 at the eleventh hour.
Perhaps there was a good reason for this; but as far as I know none has been given. It does shed some light, however, on the dog’s breakfast that is what I am going to call “auxiliary nurse training”. Ever since the nursing profession fell prey to the intellectual snobbery of tertiary training and was lured into the universities there has been a steady decline in the numbers of clinically-skilled people at the coalface.
A myriad of initiatives have tried to address this – Elizabeth Care (from whom funding was untimely ripped) is one of many. Several big corporate care providers are now training their own auxiliary nurses, to reduce their dependence on the registered variety and trim their overseas recruitment budgets.
The process, however, seems to lack clear direction – there is some uncertainty around accreditation. Many, in both the acute health and social care sectors, pine for the days of the Enrolled Nurse, and with good reason – they were, on the whole, a group of very professional and clinically capable people.
It would be a simple matter for Government and the Royal College of Nursing to reinstate a system similar to the one we had for Enrolled Nurses. Wouldn’t it?
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