Healthcare assistants (HCAs) work in hospital or community settings, such as GP surgeries, Nursing Homes, under the guidance and supervision of a qualified healthcare professional, usually, a Nurse. Sometimes staff working in HCA roles are known as nursing assistants, nursing auxiliaries or auxiliary nurses.
Duties vary depending on where they are based.
To be a healthcare assistant, one need to be:
While there are no set entry requirements to become a healthcare assistant. Employers expect good literacy
and numeracy and may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and maths.
Training as a healthcare assistant will include basic nursing skills and one is expected to work towards the Care Certificate, developed by Skills for Care,Skills for Health and Health Education England launched in 2015.
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