HCA Voices Make Council Debut: David Cardwell and Brenda McIlmurray are the first healthcare assistants to be elected to the RCN council. Here they spell out their hopes and plans

@article{Cardwell2012HCAVM,
  title={HCA Voices Make Council Debut: David Cardwell and Brenda McIlmurray are the first healthcare assistants to be elected to the RCN council. Here they spell out their hopes and plans},
  author={D. Cardwell and Brenda McIlmurray},
  journal={Nursing Standard},
  year={2012},
  volume={27},
  pages={66-67}
}
I have been an RCN member since 2002 when healthcare assistants (HCAs) had to have an NVQ level 3 to join - so I got one. Soon after, with encouragement from the general secretary and chair of congress, I was the first HCA to vote and speak at RCN congress - in a speech in favour of nursery nurses joining the RCN with an NVQ level 2 qualification.