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What do midwifery healthcare assistants do? Investigating the role of the trained healthcare assistant

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Hasson, F, McKenna, H, Keeney, S and Gillen, P (2005) What do midwifery healthcare assistants do? Investigating the role of the trained healthcare assistant. RCM Midwives, 8 (2). pp. 74-77. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15732618

Abstract

There has been relatively little discussion in the literature regarding the role of the healthcare assistant (HCA) in midwifery. The study examines and contrasts HCA duties in one maternity department in the Republic of Ireland. Observations of six trained HCAs were undertaken to evaluate if they have the relevant repertoire of skills as taught in a national training programme, and to assess if they are using these skills competently. Findings indicate that HCAs carried out more indirect patient care activities than direct care activities. Findings show that the HCA provided support to qualified staff by assisting them in a range of care activities. This was consistent with the specified job description and with their training programme. This exploratory study helps to further understand the role of the HCA. It identifies the activities that HCAs undertake in support of qualified staff in maternity settings. The findings highlight the need for further investigation to determine the relationship between the role of the trained HCA and the qualified midwife.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Health Promotion and Adolescent Health
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Education and Professional Issues Research Group
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:19641
Deposited By:Barbara Wilson (Admin)
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 12:13
Last Modified:15 Apr 2014 11:23

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