Health Care Assistant


HCAs work in hospitals or in community settings, such as GP surgeries. HCAs under the guidance of, usually, a nurse, doctor or midwife and will have a lot of contact with patients

HCA responsibilities may include:

  • Sterilising equipment and restocking consulting rooms
  • Completing health checks
  • Taking and processing lab samples
  • Completing health promotion or health education work

Some HCAs join the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) as health practitioner members and with training this could lead to becoming a senior HCA, assistant practitioner, nurse, podiatrist, midwife or occupational therapist.


Entry requirements:

  • No set formal qualifications required, but you will need to demonstrate good numeracy, literacy /IT skills, and or relevant work experience
  • Some employers may require a healthcare qualification such as a BTEC of NVQ


For more information please visit the Health Careers website.

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