As a specialist care assistant, you work with doctors and registered nursing staff to provide care services to patients. You will perform your tasks independently, helping patients with their personal care and their meals, starting and removing infusions, running diagnostic tests and knowing what to do in emergencies.
Compared to care assistants, specialist care assistants have increased medical-diagnostic skills and responsibilities (e.g. taking blood samples, placing and removing catheters, administering infusions). Care assistants who want to become specialist care assistants are offered a shortened version of the training (1 year of full-time training). Specialist care assistants work in home care, long-term care facilities, hospitals, day centres or senior group homes.
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