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Health & Social Care

Your role as a HCA (Health Care Assistant)

HCA roles can be an extremely rewarding job. Every day you will be helping to improve lives, working on the front line of Health and Social Care with a wide variety of clientele. HCA's provide support to the disabled, elderly, dementia patients, long-term ill and individuals with learning difficulties, so your role can be very varied and no days will ever be the same! You can work as a HCA in a residential or nursing home or in a respite care setting. We also offer some 1:1 positions in supported living accommodation.

Main duties of a HCA

The job is centred around helping clients with immediate needs, as a HCA you will always aim to provide individual care to your clients, working to provide a care plan that suits their individual need. Your role will include:
  • washing
  • dressing
  • maintaining their hygiene
  • ensuring they receive healthy meals and fluids
  • helping them with basic day-to-day or administrative tasks like paying bills. 

The HCA role also includes getting to know clients personally and providing them with emotional support and company, being a good listener and encouraging them to take part in activities and socialising with other residents,  all of which contributes positively to their wellbeing.

Required skills and experience of a HCA

At Swanstaff we ask for all of our HCA's to have a minimum of 6 months recent experience in a paid care role, this is so that you can enter our clients with a good understanding of the role and help support them during staff shortages when shadowing may not be an option. We look for passionate Care Assistants who are able to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds. You should be patient and have a sense of humour with the ability to show compassion for those in your care.
 
Being a HCA can be a challenging role but it is also one of the most rewarding and fulfilling. 

Swanstaff Recruitment is a Recruitment Agency in Waltham Cross providing Healthcare Jobs, Driving Jobs and Industrial Jobs in Waltham Cross. We recruit for temporary and permanent roles within these sectors and also have some office and commercial roles available.

Waltham Cross is a suburban former village and now a town in the south of the Borough of Broxbourne in Hertfordshire 12 miles (20 km) north by north-east of Charing Cross in central London. It is in the metropolitan area of London, the Greater London Urban Area. The town is known for having one of three surviving medieval Eleanor Crosses (out of 12 originals) in the town centre. The small town is close to the larger towns of Cheshunt, Enfield and Waltham Abbey.

Two local overground train stations provide connectivity to central London links to Liverpool Street, Seven Sisters, Stratford and Victoria, the town sits in Zone 7 for fares.

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