Health Care Support Workers

Suggested resources for health care support workers and assistant practitioners


  • First steps - free tool e-learning tool from the Royal College of Nursing aimed at HCSWs, APs and TNAs
  • Care Certificate - everything Care Certificate related from the Skills for Health website

Online platforms

  • Royal Marsden - your definitive guide to clinical nursing skills
  • BMJ Best Practice - view the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis



  • Mark Allen journals - includes:
    • British Journal of Healthcare Assistants
  • BrowZine - browse a large collection of ejournal titles related to nursing, see latest articles published, save articles for later reading or reflection
Games (borrow these from the library)
  • The communication game - an educational board game to help you understand communication support needs and improve communication skills
  • The hydration game - an educational board game to help you recognise and minimise dehydration for patients, residents and staff
  • The nutrition game - an educational board game to help you understand malnutrition and improve how you support people to eat and drink
  • The sepsis game: spot it, treat it, beat it - an educational board game to help you recognise and manage sepsis