It is an exciting and challenging time to be part of the nursing and midwifery workforce in Northern Ireland. Throughout a recent unprecedented period of change, the delivery of safe, high quality, effective and compassionate care has heavily relied upon nurses and midwives working across a diverse and wide range of settings with the aim of providing person centred care 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. In Northern Ireland, a range of recent policy directives, including Transforming Your Care (DHSSPS, 2011), have set the direction for future service delivery. While the HSC remains the largest employer of Nurses and Midwives, increasing numbers are now being employed in the independent, voluntary and private sectors.

The aim of the Project was to ensure a consistent approach across HSC Trusts regarding the role, remit, function, training and education of Health Care Support Workers undertaking delegated aspects of nursing care and supervised by a registered nurse.

To achieve this one of the key objects is to develop the following:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Standards for Induction
  • Agreed Title
  • Core Elements of a job description for Band 2 and 3 Nursing Assistants.