The Cavendish review: an independent review into healthcare assistants and support workers in the NHS and social care settings

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Cavendish, Camilla
Department of Health
Date of publication
10 July 2013
Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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In the wake of the Francis Inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, the health secretary asked for a review what can be done to ensure that unregistered staff in the NHS and social care treat all patients and clients with care and compassion. The review makes a number of recommendations on how the training and support of both healthcare assistants who work in hospitals, and social care support workers who are employed in care homes and people’s own homes, can be improved to ensure they provide care to the highest standard. The review proposes that all healthcare assistants and social care support workers should undergo the same basic training, based on the best practice that already exists in the system, and must get a standard ‘certificate of fundamental care’ before they can care for people unsupervised.