Healthcare assistant – what does an HCA do?

Deciding to become a healthcare assistant opens up a number of options for a career in care. Healthcare assistants (often referred to as care assistants, support workers or HCA) play a vital role in the National Health Service (NHS). They also work in patients homes or community settings such as GP surgeries.

This article offers some insight into healthcare assistants (HCAs) work and discusses possible options for training at entry level and beyond. It also looks at required skill sets for those wishing to undertake a role in the area of general patient care.

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What is Reablement?

Reablement is an intensive short service, usually delivered in the home (or care home), which is offered to those recovering from an illness or injury. Whether it be after surgery or a bout of serious illness, modern medicine is often able to cure their afflictions.

However, for many people, the process of healing doesn’t end at discharge from the hospital. Aftercare of various lengths is typically required for many patients, with varying degrees of intensity.

This article will explain the process of reablement, and what things might take place during the course of aftercare treatment.

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OCD – What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (also known as OCD) is a type of mental health condition that approximately 1.2% of Britons suffer from. It is a term often used colloquially to mean someone who is very fussy about things being a certain way, or an alternate term for a perfectionist, but in reality it is a serious condition that can have a very large impact on a person’s life.

This article will explain what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is, outline its symptoms, and provide information on the treatment of the condition.

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ADHD – What is Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (better known as ADHD) is a behavioural condition that is being seen more frequently in media and headlines. Some one-and-a-half million people with the condition live in the UK, but a distinct minority have an official diagnosis. Despite this, ADHD is a condition about which many misconceptions exist. This article will give an overview of what ADHD is, its symptoms, and some basic information about how the condition is diagnosed and treated.

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Mental health illness – how common is it?

According to statistics from NHS Digital, at any one time, a sixth of the population in England aged 16 to 64 have a mental health illness.  Whether family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues, the chances are we all know someone that is affected.

The figures, while worrying, in reality don’t even scratch the surface.  The study, which leaves out less common conditions – and is a snapshot in time, could be closer to a quarter of the population experiencing mental health illness on an annual basis.

Statistically, women are more likely than men to experience mental and emotional (not psychotic) illness. Research shows that 20 per cent of all adult women between the ages of 16 to 65 have ‘significant mental health problems’, as compared with 14 per cent of men between these ages.
However, women are more likely to seek, and be diagnosed, help for mental health problems.

Young people are particularly susceptible to mental health difficulties.

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Phobia – Treating Phobias


A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. Phobias can be debilitating conditions that have massive impacts on people’s lives, and as such are treated seriously by the medical profession as a whole.

There are a variety of approaches that can be taken to combat phobias, ranging from simple self-help tasks to full-blown medical interventions. This article seeks to explain some of these approaches.

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Identify a Stroke – How to identify strokes for carers and family members

Strokes can be life-threatening, and today they are unfortunately common (there are around 32,000 stroke related deaths in the UK every year). As such, it is important to understand what strokes are, and how to properly identify a stroke as they happen. Continue reading “Identify a Stroke – How to identify strokes for carers and family members”

Part-time courses – how online training can advance your career

Part-time courses are becoming more popular as an alternative to traditional teaching thanks due to the developments of modern technology. Traditional face to face courses, in the past, restricted learning to the classroom typically in term time, but the internet has opened up new ways of teaching for the time conscious end user.

Courses such as Degrees, Masters and higher education certification have quickly been adapted to distance learning, but the greatest growth has been in the areas of niche and specialist training.  Today there are a wide variety of options available for anyone wishing to improve their skills in the hopes of advancing their careers.

The availability of courses leads many to question if they should consider taking one, but there is always an air of scepticism around the value offered by courses online . This article outlines the advantages of taking part-time courses for those considering their alternatives.

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Mental Health Treatments

1 in 5 adults are living with some variety of mental health issue which negatively affects their lives. Needing to locate facilities that offer different mental health treatments can be a complicated process. Like physical health issues, mental issues can get worse without appropriate treatment.

There are a variety of mental health treatments available. Often, an individual may receive more than one type of treatment while they are getting help with a mental health issue. For instance, a person may learn about their condition (education), talk to a counsellor or therapist, and make some lifestyle changes to support the positive things that they are making in their life. Continue reading “Mental Health Treatments”

Supporting Someone with Dementia

Dementia can be a sad, stressful disease for the victim, but also for their family, friends, and carers. A diagnosis of dementia is not the end of the world since many people with dementia go on to live years longer and can still have happy lives.

With the right support and help, the victim can go on to live a meaningful life, and those providing care can do so with a minimal amount of stress. As such, this article outlines what you can do to help support someone who is living with dementia, as well as offering you some advice on how to look after yourself. Continue reading “Supporting Someone with Dementia”