Healthcare Support Worker

What is it like to become a Healthcare Support Worker?

Healthcare support workers work across a variety of settings, from mental health to children’s services. As a healthcare support worker, you’ll work under the supervision of a healthcare professional, supporting them and helping patients on their journey back to full health.

It’s a hands-on role – one minute you could be taking blood and the next lending an ear to an anxious patient – but it’s one of the most rewarding jobs. Your day-to-day will vary depending on which part of the NHS you’re working in. For example, if you’re based in a hospital your duties may include:

  • Helping patients to move around.
  • Monitoring patients and performing basic health checks
  • Making patients feel comfortable.
  • Washing and dressing patients.
  • Serving meals and helping to feed patients.
There are no set entry requirements to become a healthcare support worker, but good literacy and numeracy skills are expected, and in some cases GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths are required. You may also need a healthcare qualification such as a BTEC or NVQ for some of our roles.

NHS Roles – Healthcare Support Worker

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