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There are no plans at present to introduce minimum standards of education for healthcare assistants.
The Government advocate the benefits of a strong support workforce that is driven by local service need. It is therefore the local healthcare providers which are best placed to decide how to organise the skills mix of their workforce in order to achieve better quality outcomes and value for money for their patients.
Local managers and employers, while required to conform to national standards, must be free to manage their own support workforce teams to meet the health service needs of the communities they serve.