Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) work under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, usually a member of the practice nursing team. They carry out tasks such as
- Phlebotomy or Venepuncture (drawing blood)
- Blood pressure measurements
- Recording ECGs
- New patient checks
- Health promotion (such as smoking cessation)
They may act as a Chaperone when a patient or clinician requests one or provide assistance to the Nurses.
Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are becoming increasingly important and prominent members of the general practice team.