Health Care Assistant – HCA

Hospital, Health Centre, GP Practice, Nursing Homes

As a healthcare assistant (HCA), you will work under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, usually a nurse. Sometimes staff working in HCA roles are known as nursing assistants, nursing auxiliaries or auxiliary nurses.

The role will vary depending on where you are working.

IN A HOSPITAL, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU WILL ASSIST WITH
  • Washing and dressing patients
  • Serving meals and helping to feed patients
  • Helping people to move around
  • Toileting
  • Making beds
  • Talking to patients and making them comfortable
  • Monitoring patients' conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight
IN A HEALTH CENTRES AND GP SURGERY YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO
IN A HEALTH CENTRES AND GP SURGERY YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO

HCAs also work with doctors, midwives and other healthcare professionals and have a lot of contact with patients.

As a healthcare assistant,we expect good literacy and numeracy skills and may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and maths. Some clients may ask for a healthcare qualification, such as BTEC or NVQ.

Most clients expect you to have some experience of healthcare or care work. This could be from paid or voluntary work. There are sometimes apprenticeships in healthcare that can give you experience to apply for HCA posts.

TO BE A HEALTHCARE ASSISTANT, YOU WILL NEED TO BE

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