Care Support Worker Development Programme In-depth Review

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The Care Support Worker Development Programme (CSWDP) was officially launched in January 2012 and has since been developed to roll out to other Trusts across England.

Care Support Workers (CSWs), also known as Healthcare Assistants (HCAs),work within hospital or community settings under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional; usually a qualified nurse or midwife. They are a vital part of the healthcare team and provide essential nursing care for patients’ personal needs. They might also escort a patient to another department, make observations, or assist a qualified nurse with a procedure.

The Care Support Worker Development Programme is a good way of gaining entry to the NHS and is aimed at those who don’t meet NHS Professionals’ current minimum experience criteria – six months experience in a care setting in the preceding two years. For many, the programme provides trainees with a route into substantive employment in a Trust and is also a gateway to a career in the NHS.

To read the Care Support Worker Development Programme In-depth Review, click here.

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NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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