Healthcare support workers (HCSWs) are an essential part of a health or social care team, providing high quality and compassionate care to individuals. A healthcare support worker also referred to as a health care assistant (HCA), are found throughout Health and Care. You could work in a Nursing Home, Acute Hospital, at a GP surgery, in the community and many more places.
As a HCSW you will work under the guidance of a healthcare professional such as a nurse. As well as working with nurses you will work with many other professionals including doctors. You will have a lot of contact with patients but your role will vary depending on where you’re based.
In a hospital you may:
- Wash and dress patients,
- Serve meals and help to feed patients
- Help people to move around
- Make beds
- Making patients feel comfortable
- Monitor patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight.
Within a GP Surgery or the community setting you may also:
- Sterilise equipment,
- Undertake health checks,
- Assist with the restocking of consulting rooms,
- Process lab samples,
- Take blood samples,
- Provide health promotion
- Assist with health education work