HCSW Learning Survey

HCSW Learning Survey

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.