Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) support qualified staff across a range of duties to ensure the delivery of a high standard of nursing care for patients. Duties include bathing and feeding patients, bed making and communicating with patients, families and other staff.

Being an HCA will provide you with opportunities to develop lifelong skills within the nursing profession and enhance your own personal development.

HCAs are required to have excellent communication skills and an enthusiasm for providing direct contact and support to patients, often during vulnerable and emotional situations. Maintenance of patients’ confidentiality and a professional attitude are paramount to the role.

We advertise for HCA roles regularly throughout the year, if your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to one of our assessment centres where you will sit a numeracy and literacy test paper and have a competency based interview.

If you are interested in HCA posts on our Temporaray Staffing Services bank and have HCA experience within an acute hospital setting or have the Care Certificate qualification, email for information on how to apply.

Training and Development

All HCAs undergo a compulsory Effective Care Practices course which is designed to prepare a HCA to undertake their role within any department in the Trust.The course is six days long and involves both theory and practical sessions. HCAs are then given a set of competencies to complete within a 6 month period. On completion of these competencies and mandatory training, HCAs are awared the Care Certificate. These competencies ensure each and every Healthcare Assistant in our Trust has the skills and knowledge to provide a safe and high quality service.

Shift Patterns

We provide a 24/7 service to our patients and nursing care needs to be delivered to the same standard whether day or night. In order to achieve this, all staff work a variety of shifts including weekends and bank holidays.

Common shifts start and finish times include:

Early: 07.30 – 15.30

Late: 13.30 – 21.30

Night: 21.00 – 08.00

Long day: 07.30 –21.30


We also offer HCA Apprenticeships to individuals keen to start a career in healthcare. The Healthcare Apprenticeship programme provides an opportunity to learn vocational skills by working as part of a ward-based team in a fully supervised Healthcare Assistant post, providing patient care, whilst also studying towards a nationally recognised qualification in Health & Social Care.

Working under the close supervision of the nursing team, post holders will be required to achieve work-related competencies over the 12 month period in order to achive the full apprenticeship.

For more information on apprenticeships contact 02476 968744 or email