We are delighted to share the NES Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) Learning Survey National report (April 2019).
HCSWs make up 28% of the overall nursing and midwifery workforce and 18% of the AHP workforce. We are delighted that 3,461 or 16% of all clinical HCSWs in NHSScotland took the time to complete the online survey which NES ran between April and June 2018.
The survey asked 36 questions in three sections:
1. About you
2. Your qualifications
3. Learning and career
59% of HCSWs who responded would like to be able to progress their careers further, either to a higher banded HCSW post or to become a registered nurse, midwife or allied health professional. We recognise that there are significant challenges in terms of funding to gain qualifications, and the ability to “earn and learn” is a route which many HCSWs told us they would welcome.
Four main themes emerged which were felt to be barriers to developing in HCSWs roles:
1. Protected time to learn
2. Support from managers and team colleagues
3. Funding – being able to earn and learn is important
4. Information on how to develop, and what options are available
You can read and download the full national survey report.