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Document Typology: Newspaper / Magazine article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Working as a healthcare assistant
Name of author(s): Vaida Geniusiene
Name of publisher: naujienos patogiau (portalas)
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Healthcare assistants may also work alongside some healthcare scientists, for example with audiologists, helping them to investigate and treat disease. Healthcare assistants in healthcare science work normal office hours or shifts, including evenings and weekends, depending on their particular role and specialism. Part-time and flexi-working is often available.
Clinical support workers (sometimes known as therapy assistants or therapy helpers) work alongside allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, radiographers, podiatrists, speech and language therapists, dietitians and occupational therapists.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Experienced healthcare assistants working at a senior level (usually as an assistant practitioner or similar level) may be able to obtain a secondment from their current employer onto an appropriate pre-registration programme at university.

This would mean studying (usually on a part-time basis) for a programme leading to registration as an adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, radiographer, speech & language therapist or podiatrist.

Staff seeking secondment must have the academic ability to cope with the course, and if seconded, will usually receive support from their employer. It is for NHS employers to decide whether or not they will second staff from their NHS organisation.
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