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By Jane Mallett, John Albarran, Annette Richardson

This handbook is geared toward all healthcare practitioners, from beginner to professional, who take care of the seriously ailing sufferer, recognising that various disciplines give a contribution to the supply of powerful care and that crucial wisdom and abilities are shared through all practitioners. It offers evidence-based guidance on middle serious care approaches and incorporates a entire competency framework and particular potential to permit practitioners to evaluate their talents and services. every one bankruptcy presents a accomplished review, starting with easy ideas and progressing to extra advanced principles, to help practitioners to improve their wisdom, abilities and capabilities in severe care.

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Providing such programmes attracts new staff to the critical care unit (CCU) and contributes to staff retention (Morris et al. 2009). In times of staff shortage, hospital-based practice facilitation, education preparation and training needs assessment prevail so staff can be facilitated without leaving the workplace (RCN 2003). Frequently this provision is constructed around competence-based delivery. Competence implies a performance irrespective of role. That is, the capability of an individual to perform a task is of more significance than their professional background or position.

For example, when making reference to a competent specialist in critical care nursing,3 the World Health Organization (WHO) defines the practitioner as someone who has undertaken a post-registration programme that enables them to demonstrate:  a well-developed knowledge base that enables them to meet the complex needs of the critically ill patient  specialist skills in both technological and caring dimensions 3 The vast majority of the examples in the literature are focused on nursing.   expertise to make sound and rapid clinical judgements ability to recognize and manage the ethical issues inherent within the critical care environment (WHO 2003).

This requires further robust research and health economic evaluation to determine the cost-effectiveness of these roles. The same applies to practitioners who substitute for nurses. There is little evidence that where support workers provide services otherwise delivered by qualified nurses this saves money, but there is evidence that critical care assistants (CCAs) make a significant contribution to ease workload pressures on qualified nurses, enabling them to care for sicker patients. Reluctance to delegate specific nursing tasks to CCAs can result in them being underused (McGuire et al.

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