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HCAs and APs

Nursing Support Workers

Nursing support workers (NSWs) are the bedrock of our wards, clinics and community teams working with everyone from children to adults in all aspects of physical and mental health.

The term ’nursing support worker’ encompasses hundreds of different job titles and roles, including health care assistants (HCAs), health care support workers (HCSWs), assistant practitioners (AP), trainee nursing associates (TNA) and nursing associates (NAs) (England).

The RCN is the ‘go to’ organisation for all members of the nursing team. We understand your needs better than anyone else, whether you aspire to develop your career or remain in your support role and be the best you can be in that role. We’re here every step of the way.

What can the RCN do for you?

Ofrah Muflahi - Professional Lead, Nursing Support Workers, talks about some of the support the RCN can offer you.

First Steps - the learning tool for assisting nursing practice

First Steps

First Steps covers the key factors that will get you started in your health care career as a health care assistant. It will support you to learn in your own time or as part of your workplace induction programme.
NSW day

Nursing Support Workers Day

On 23 November we celebrate our nursing support workers.

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RCN Health + Care magazine

RCN Health + Care magazine is now available online. Visit our new digital platform to read the latest features.
Accountability and Delegation

Accountability and delegation

Information on accountability and delegation for all members of the nursing team.

Forum Library Subject Guide

HCAs, APs and TNAs subject guide

Take a look at this RCN subject guide to find the latest resources, including books, reports and journal articles.