Healthcare assistant

Did you know there are many support roles in the NHS? Some roles involve providing direct care for patients whilst other roles involve back office roles either in a hospital setting, in the community or in a GP Practice.

Healthcare assistant

Healthcare assistants work in hospital or community settings, such as GP surgeries, under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. The role can be varied depending upon the healthcare setting. Most commonly, Healthcare assistants work alongside nurses and also alongside qualified midwives in maternity services.

The types of duties include:

  • washing and dressing
  • serving patients meals and assisting with feeding when necessary
  • helping people to mobilise
  • toileting
  • bed making
  • generally assisting with patients' overall comfort
  • monitoring patients' conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight

Watch this video to find out more about the role of the healthcare assistant.