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Health: Care Assistants

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord MacKenzie of Culkein Lord MacKenzie of Culkein Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce minimum standards of education for health care assistants.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

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.

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