Healthcare Assistant

What is a Healthcare Assistant?

Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) work within a range of NHS hospital or community settings under the guidance of a variety of healthcare professionals. The nature of the role will vary depending upon the area of work. An HCA could be working alongside nurses in hospitals or midwives in maternity services or in mental health, community or General Practice (GP) surgeries, for example.

What is the role of a healthcare assistant?

Types of duties may include:

  • Observing, monitoring and recording patients' conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight
  • Communication with patients, relatives and carers
  • Assisting with clinical duties
  • Personal care including infection prevention and control, food, personal hygiene and overall reassurance, comfort and safety
  • Promoting positive mental/physical/nutritional health with patients
  • Checking and ordering supplies
How to become a Healthcare Assistant

The health and care sectors offer a wide range of apprenticeships spanning careers such as nursing, working in a pharmacy, dental nursing, healthcare technician or clinical healthcare support worker.

There are two apprenticeships designed to train you as a Healthcare assistant;

Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker

Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker

Employer - Apprenticeship Resources:

Apprentice HCa Job Description.pdf

HCA Approved apprenticeship agreement.pdf

HcA Apprenticeship Service Level Agreement.pdf

Who Provides these Apprenticeships locally?