using Unregulated Health Care Providers: Education and Training

UHWs could get training through a number of ways including formal training via instructional or vocational methods and on-job training (CNA, 2008; Gill, 1996). As earlier noted however, some UCPs could have been professionally trained and gained experience in other countries where it would be difficult to equate such training with that of the host country (CNA, 2008). Though certification could be part of the training process of UCPs, such are varied according to region and country thus a unified approach does not exist (CNA, 2008). The gravity of lack of such uniform training module for UHWs reinforces the gravity of their increased use since the needs of clients and patients being placed under their care is getting more complex (CNA, 2008). Similarly the absence of the mandatory minimum education requirements for UCPs in addition to their not being accountable to any institution or board for their actions means that the attainment of required health care standards by unabated use of UHWs could prove difficult (CNO, 2009).

With the increasing complexity of care needs, UHWs are thus required to undergo training that would better their understanding of specific care aspects (CNA, 2008). Continuous learning is also necessitated by the changes that occur with technological and procedural advancements (CNA, 2008). However the acquisition of the required skills could promote the UCP’s need for income increment that would challenge the achievement of cost control objective advanced for their main utilisation (CNA, 2008). Absence of appropriate systems to vet the training, competence and classification of the UHWs could thus prove an impediment to ensuring the standards of care delivered is not compromised (CNA, 2008).


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