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The role of a Healthcare Assistant

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The role of a Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) work within a variety of NHS Hospital and community settings. Their specific duties depend on the area they work in however; in the next paragraph I will be outlining the general duties for you. The average rate of pay for a Healthcare Assistant is around £8.21 to £14 per hour.

The daily duties of a HCA

  • Observing, monitoring and recording patient’s conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight.
  • Communicating with patients, their relatives/loved ones and carers.
  • Assisting with clinical duties.
  • Personal care including infection prevention and control, food and personal hygiene.
  • Overall reassurance, comfort and safety.
  • Checking and ordering supplies.

Qualifications to be a HCA

Although there are no set entry requirements you need to become a HCA – some employers may ask if you have:

  • Grade A-C in English and Maths
  • Healthcare qualification such as a BTEC or an NVQ in a Healthcare field
  • Certain amount of experience in a Healthcare setting

Skills you’ll need to be a HCA

  • A caring nature
  • An approachable nature
  • An open mind
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Respect for client confidentiality
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to remain calm and patient in tough situations
  • Good organisational skills

Typical HCA interview questions

  • What made you chose this area of Healthcare over others?
  • Why do you think it’s essential to keep records?
  • Give me an example of a time when you’ve had to use your initiative
  • How would you care for the families of patients who are particularly distressed?
  • Are you comfortable working anti-social hours?
  • Can you describe a stressful experience you’ve had and explain how you coped with it?
  • Can you describe what you think a HCA does and what type of people or groups you could possibly work with?
Now you know everything you need to know about becoming a Healthcare Assistant - why don't you take a look at the Healthcare jobs we have available for you here!
 
Don't feel like being a HCA is for you? No problem - take a look at our previous blog The role of a Support Worker!