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Person-centred, safe and effective delegation of healthcare activities to care workers can enable people to have more choice and control of when and how things happen, with an opportunity to provide a better experience of care.

A delegated healthcare activity is an activity that a regulated healthcare professional, such as a nurse, nursing associate, occupational therapist or speech and language therapist, delegates to a care worker or personal assistant.


Upcoming events

New national learning exchange for delegated healthcare activities  

Wednesday 10 July 2024 | 10:00 – 11:30 | Zoom 

These bi-monthly meetings bring people together to learn about delegated healthcare from Ƶ and guest speakers, and connect with others in breakout rooms. You can ask questions and share personal, operational and system experiences and learnings focusing on how to introduce and embed the principles into practice. We feedback themes from discussions with strategic partners.


System approaches to support delegated healthcare webinar 

Wednesday 17 July 2024 | 13:30 – 14:30  

Join this webinar to deepen your understanding of the voluntary guiding principles and resources and learn about integrated, system approaches to support delegated healthcare. Cath Roff, MBE, Project Director: Social Care Transformation for Leeds City Council and colleagues will join us in a discussion about their community wellbeing pilot and how they are exploring a better community home care partnership system.

By registering you will have access to the webinar recording.




Guiding principles and supporting resources

Ƶ, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and partners have co-developed voluntary guiding principles to support person-centred, safe and effective delegation of healthcare activities.

Delegation to social care workers isn’t new and has been happening for several years. The principles are designed to be adapted locally to complement existing best practice and local protocols.


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The voluntary guiding principles include how to create the right conditions for delegation and highlight the importance of a person-centred approach and putting the person at the heart of decision-making.
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Download the printable easy read version of the delegated healthcare activities guiding principles.
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Download the screen accessible easy read version of the delegated healthcare activities guiding principles.

Overview of the guiding principles

This short animated video provides an overview of the guiding principles.

Duration 3 mins 30 secs



PowerPoint - 53.2 MB

This powerpoint presentation is designed to help introduce the principles and supporting resources within your own organisation and includes short video clips of Registered Managers talking about their experience of delegation.