I have lost confidence in my healthcare (MS nurses, GP and other GP surgery staff), though my MS neuro seems to be well informed. My previous general neuros have not been so. I am not really sure how to make this better and it causes me some anxiety.
I found out today a health care assistant (HCA) at my GP surgery tested my urine sample for infection. I assumed a nurse would be doing this test, but was advised the HCA’s do it at my surgery.
So I’ve been looking into the role of HCA’s and AP’s (assistant practitioners) and their training. They cost less to employ than nurses.
The thing that concerns me is the GP’s at my GP surgery do not seem that knowledgeable about MS. So I wonder about the HCA’s.
I looked on the RCN website and it stated this:
“There are no specific national requirements for becoming an HCA. You simply need to apply for a job as one. Once you have been accepted, your employer will provide the training you need. You should consider getting work experience before you apply so you’ll know what it’s like to work in health care.”