Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) work within a range of hospital or community settings, often working alongside healthcare professionals in their role. The nature of this position mainly depends on the place of work – a HCA could be working in hospitals, the community, General Practice (GP) surgeries or mental health services.
The typical day-to-day role of a healthcare assistant includes:
In a hospital setting, your role may entail:
In health centres and GP surgeries, your role may extend to:
Healthcare assistants are often the first port of call for patients, so they need to have strong interpersonal skills. You will need to have a hands-on attitude as you will often have to conduct a number of tasks during a small period of time. Whilst you will be working in a team, displaying a great initiative is a necessity, in addition to having excellent observational and organisational skills.
To become a healthcare assistant, having an alternative NVQ/BTEC is desirable. You will work towards a Care Certificate, and may also be offered the chance to study for qualifications such as:
To apply for HCA jobs, you will need experience in a healthcare setting and further training, such as Early Warning System (NEWS /PARS). If you wish to become a healthcare assistant in Northern Ireland or Scotland, you will be required to register with the SSSC.
The average salary for a healthcare assistant in the UK is £24,449 per annum – however, senior HCAs can earn in the region of £31,000. If you are just starting in this position, you can expect a salary of around £18,000. It’s important to note that these figures are a rough estimate of the average salary, and your pay will likely depend on your location.
Quite often, a typical standard working week for an HCA will be around 37.5 hours and will include a mixture of morning, afternoon and night shifts.
With further studies, HCAs have the opportunity to progress to other allied healthcare professions such as nursing, midwifery, dieticians, learning disabilities and many other positions.
If you are looking for healthcare positions, you should consider joining The Guild, or contact us online for more information today.
Great i would like to join your guild am an healthcare worker who has worked in hospital like mater hospital
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