The role of a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) can be varied and can include working alongside nurses in care homes, hospitals, or in mental health, community or General Practice surgeries.
If you’re thinking of a career in care, then becoming a HCA can often be the best way to get a foot in the door and discover which area you’d like to specialise in.
Although there are no set entry requirements for becoming a HCA, there are a few set skills that you must possess if you are looking to pursue this career choice.
• Do you have a caring and friendly personality?
• Are you strong yet soft? Capable of empathy but able to handle tough situations?
• Do you have stamina and endurance?
• Are you a good communicator, especially at listening?
• Good written and spoken English is essential
• You must be willing to undertake personal care (washing, toileting etc)
As a Healthcare Assistant, you will be providing care and support to those in need –
• Providing assistance to residents to help them meet both their health and social care needs.
• Including assistance with washing, toileting, medication, bed making and daily rounds
• Enabling residents to achieve independence as far as possible in all areas of their life
• Helping residents to identify and choose their support needs
• Understanding the rights of the individual to have their wishes respected
• Understanding how to treat individuals with dignity and respect
• Understanding equal opportunities and supports the equality and diversity of the individual.
• Listening and talking to residents
• Taking and recording basic observations such as blood pressure and temperature
How can Nurseplus help?
• If you are new to care then we will arrange for a shadow shift to be completed, a shadow shift is where you will shadow a senior member of our team, allowing you to gain confidence and ask any questions.
• We provide ongoing support to our workers, supervisions and spot checks are regularly carried to identify any potential training needs.
• With Nurseplus you choose when you work, so whether you require full-time hours, part-time around other commitments or just the odd shift to top up along your regular job – Nurseplus can help.