The role of the HCA in sexual health services

Meek, James, Brittain-williams, Deborah and Dunnett, K (2014) The role of the HCA in sexual health services. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 8 (10). pp. 489-495. ISSN 1753-1586

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The healthcare assistant (HCA) in sexual health services has a varying role, including chaperoning, sexual history-taking, clinical skills in venepuncture or swab taking and finally pregnancy testing.

The role differs from one sexual health service to another and so does the level of training and development that the HCA receives.

This article presents a review of the literature and the future training and development opportunities available to the HCA in order to progress in a career within sexual health services.

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