CC4HCA: Health Care Assistants


In this project, health care assistants are not defined by one line or reference, as this can greatly vary between countries. As a starting point, the definitions provided by the International Standard Classification of Occupational (ISCO) are used:

“Healthcare assistants provide assistance, support and direct personal care to patients and residents in a variety of institutional settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and aged care facilities. They generally work in support of health professionals or associate professionals.”

In addition, what the ISCO defines as ‘nursing associate professionals’ is closely related to the occupation of healthcare assistants:

“Nursing associate professionals provide care for the sick and injured, and those in need of nursing care due to disability or age. They usually work in support of nursing and midwifery professionals and medical doctors”