Nursing Beyond Nurses: Celebrating Health Care Support Workers


How often do we stop to think about how healthcare support workers help to make our lives as nurses, and those of our patients, easier?  In this short video clip, the Royal College of Nursing does just that as it pays tribute to health care workers’ invaluable contribution in health care.

The need for health services continues to rise as the population grows and the demand for quality health and social services increases. More and more, health services are moving out of hospitals, closer to where communities live and work.

This clip shows health care support workers, both male and female, providing care in settings ranging from hospitals and clinics, to private homes and nursing homes. It shows them engaged in different health care activities with patients of all ages – even dancing with aged nursing home residents. And in case you’re wondering – this activity gets the oldies moving and the fun and laughter are good for their mental health!


The tribute gives health care support workers the recognition they deserve as a vital part of multidisciplinary healthcare teams. They support registered nurses across Scotland in delivering safe and effective care. Their education and experience prepares them well for their role, and they are caring, enthusiastic and dedicated.

The clip ends with the words: “We care – valuing our Health Care Support Workers”

”Nursing beyond nurses – Celebrating Health Care Support Workers”  was produced by the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of health care support workers across the country.


Frieda Paton is a registered nurse with a Master’s degree in nursing education. Her passion for nursing education, nursing issues and advocacy for the profession were ignited while she worked as an education officer, and later editor, at a national nurses’ association. This passion, together with interest in health and wellness education since her student days, stayed with her throughout her further career as a nurse educator and occupational health nurse. Having reached retirement age, she continues to contribute to the profession as a full-time freelance writer. In the news and feature articles she writes for Nurseslabs, she hopes to inspire nursing students and nurses on the job to reflect on the trends and issues that affect their profession and communities - and play their part in advocacy wherever they find themselves.