Clinically Delegated Tasks
What is a Clinically Delegated Task?
There are some tasks that a Personal Assistant may need to carry out that are of a health care or clinical nature. These may include caring for wounds, administering medication or catheter care. For a more extensive list of tasks which can be completed by a PA, along with details of who is able to deliver the training, please see the Appendix of this document.
What training is needed to carry out a Clinically Delegated Task?
To carry out these procedures, a PA would need to be trained and deemed competent by the appropriate healthcare professional that is involved with the employer (e.g. District Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist). This is to ensure the safety of both the employer and the PA.
Even if a PA has received training on a clinical task in another setting they will need to receive specific training in relation to the employer, as the needs of all individuals will be different.
It is very important that any sign off from the healthcare professional, along with ongoing training and support, is documented and kept up to date.
It is important to note that if a PA carries out any of these tasks without the necessary training, their insurance may be invalidated.
It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the appropriate training is arranged with the healthcare provider. If a PA is asked to carry out a task that they have not been trained in or do not feel confident in completing, they have the right to refuse to carry this out until further training has been given. The PA should talk to the healthcare professional identified as most appropriate. (Please note that consent needs to be sought from the employer if their care is to be discussed with a healthcare professional.)