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    Hi I am currently working as a HCA and am applying for the RAF to e a student nurse. But i was wondering if the RAF doesnt pan out what is the career progression like for a HCA. How do I get onto courses and how can I further myself?
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    There are Assistant Practitioner foundation degrees at a number of unis for HCAs otherwise you might be able to get your trust to sponsor you through a nursing degree either through uni or the open uni but places are stupidly competitive.
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    HCA career progressions? Short of learning how to take bloods, there are none.
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    Depends on where you work as a HCA. Some areas are allowing HCA's to develop to the point of being AP's as another person has mentioned. Trusts are paying for theire senior HCA's to do foundation degrees to become AP's. In some areas such as A&E or MAU, theres phlebotomy, cannulation, catheterisation, plastering, wound care, suturing, glueing, which band 3 HCA's or band 4 AP's are doing now, some ITU's also have assistant practitioners working in them. The theatres I work in are currently putting HCA's through the NVQ 3 and are planning to allow them to scrub for minor procedures, this is already happening at some trusts.

    There is talk in the nursing unions and wider nursing community of making assistant practitioners registered, in a way plugging the gap left by enrolled nurses when they were phased out at the end of the 80's. So there is potential to develop as a HCA within the role. With the way finances are at the moment its unlikely that trusts will second students to do their nurse training, youre probably going to be best off financially doing your training with the military, where you will get a full salary while you train rather than a bursary. Good luck.
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    Work as a HCA for a private nursing company and you can go all the way to the top managing nurses and the whole company.
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    (Original post by anon2010)
    Work as a HCA for a private nursing company and you can go all the way to the top managing nurses and the whole company.
    a HCA cannot Manage Registered Staff, a HCA can become a Lay Manager after the required lobotomy and sale of their soul to Beelzebub.
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    (Original post by zippyRN)
    a HCA cannot Manage Registered Staff, a HCA can become a Lay Manager after the required lobotomy and sale of their soul to Beelzebub.
    I work for a private nursing and care company and my manager is not a nurse but was originally a HCA. We are a company that provide bank staff for hospitals and nursing homes. Would she be classed as a lay manager? Not really sure how a lay manager and regular manager differ?
    Im not arguing I genuinely would like to know the difference
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    (Original post by anon2010)
    I work for a private nursing and care company and my manager is not a nurse but was originally a HCA. We are a company that provide bank staff for hospitals and nursing homes. Would she be classed as a lay manager? Not really sure how a lay manager and regular manager differ?
    Im not arguing I genuinely would like to know the difference
    Lay Managers are primarily concerned with the conduct of the business, this may include allocation of work.

    Registered Healthcare Professionals also have a reporting structure within their profession - in an acute trust this is the structure of ( using nursing terms ) the 'Staff Nurses (band5) - specialist Nurses / Team leaders (band 6) -- Ward /Team manager ( band 7) - Matron ( band 8a usually) . Divisional / Assistant Director of Nursing / Assistant Chief Nurse (8 b- 8d occasionally 9 in the very largest trusts) and the executive Director of Nursing ( Board level executive director)
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    Hi i recently got 4 rejections for medicine and was thinking about working as a HCA for relevant work experience. how did you go about getting a job as one? do you have to have experience to apply?
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    (Original post by peepsicle)
    Hi i recently got 4 rejections for medicine and was thinking about working as a HCA for relevant work experience. how did you go about getting a job as one? do you have to have experience to apply?
    Were you rejected for your lack of resourcefulness? Google would be a good place to start.
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    alright alright ive done my research now.. how did you apply for the job though? through nhs jobs website? theres not much going atm it seems.
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    For my upcoming interview, I had to register on NHSJobs, and apply for an exisiting vacancy. The website is pretty straightforward
 
 
 
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