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Essential Knowledge and Skills for Healthcare Assistants

1st Edition

By Zoë Rawles, Zoe Rawles


181 pages | 65 B/W Illus.

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Covering all the essential components of healthcare assistant and assistant practitioner roles, Essential Knowledge and Skills for Healthcare Assistants is a practical and comprehensive text designed to equip you with the necessary clinical skills for your profession. This book:

  • Equips you with the knowledge to provide the safest and most effective patient care possible
  • Provides evidence-based guidelines to ensure best practice that is matched to the National Occupational Standards
  • Supplies comprehensive coverage of both primary and secondary care settings with an emphasis on the role in primary care
  • Includes information on accountability, communication skills, confidentiality and reflection
  • Uses a light-hearted and accessible style, with definitions, case studies and activities to aid understanding
  • Includes a Foreword written by Tanis Hand, HCA adviser at the Royal College of Nursing

This is an indispensable guide for all those training as healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners, as well as a useful reference for students embarking on a degree in nursing or health and social care.

Table of Contents

All change

Evolving role of the healthcare assistant (HCA)

Some useful stuff

Understanding reflective practice

Understanding accountability and delegation

A bit about protocols

Before you start: the basic ingredients

Communicating with patients

Simple assertiveness skills

Confidentiality, consent and record keeping

Health promotion: the key messages

Core skills

Keeping it clean – hand decontamination

Physiological measurements

Understanding blood pressure and performing accurate measurements

Understanding the heart and performing the electrocardiograph (ECG)

Venepuncture best practice

Understanding lung function and disease: performing accurate lung function testing

Kidney function and urine: performing accurate urinalysis

Skin and the healing process: basic wound care


Finishing touches

Training for the future

About the Authors

Zoe Rawles is a freelance nurse practitioner and healthcare trainer for HealthTrain in Wales, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / General