As a healthcare assistant (HCA), you'll 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 work varies depending on where you're based. In a hospital for example, you may be
In a health centres and GP surgery, you may
As well as nurses, HCAs work with doctors, midwives and other healthcare professionals. They have a lot of contact with patients.
Skills and personal characteristics needed
To be a healthcare assistant, you'll need to be
Training and development
Your training as a healthcare assistant will include basic nursing skills and you'll work towards the Care Certificate, developed by Skills for Care, Skills for Health and Health Education England and launched in 2015.