16th February 2016 Written by Skills for Health

Support staff help keep the cogs of our healthcare system going and often unnoticed. Here are 7 things you may not know…

1) The term ‘support staff’ isn’t just explicit to clinically trained roles within hospitals – maintenance staff and catering staff are also considered part of the healthcare support staff

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2) Therapists, administration staff and porters are also classed as support staff

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3) Support roles extend outside of the hospital environment to primary and secondary care settings too

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4) Support staff make up almost 40% of the whole healthcare workforce in the UK!

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5) There are twice the number of people aged between 20-24 in support roles than in clinical roles (8% compared with 3%), largely due to clinical staff having to undergo long-term training

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6) Support workers will often have the ability to work outside of traditional silos with support workers being able demonstrates a portfolio of skills. For example a health or a social care worker might be able to learn how to undertake basic nail care for patients

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7) Support staff play a vital role in ensuring that our healthcare sector is working efficiently

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