Framework for Use of Unregulated Healthcare Workers – Education and Training of UHWs

UHWs training may be done formally via instructional or vocational methods or informally through on-job training (CNA, 2008; Gill, 1996). Some UCPs also have professional training and experience in other countries but have not been recognized in the host country due to the difficult of equating their training to that of the host country (CNA, 2008; Brennan Centre for Justice, 2007). Consequently, though certification may form a part of UCPs training, variations according to region and country prohibit a unified approach to assessing qualification (CNA, 2008). Resultant aspects such as the lack of mandatory minimum education qualifications for one to be an UCP have posed a threat to the quality of care they offer (CNO, 2009). Further lack of accountability to a professional institution or a board creates a possibility of misconduct and other unethical practices (CNO, 2009).

Despite the existing challenges to a unified mode of training, UCPs require to undergo some form of training to better care outcomes. As the care needs of clients under their service become more complex, training would better their understanding of specific aspects of care (CNA, 2008). The effectiveness of such training would however also be influenced by continued appraisal of technological and procedural advancements occurring in healthcare provision (CNA, 2008).  This would only be possible where the UCPs are placed in an environment that allows for exposure to these new approaches (CNA, 2008). The challenge to such a training approach is that most care settings under which UCPs work may not allow for their exposure to these new technologies and procedures in the healthcare provision (CNA, 2008). go to part 4 here.

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