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Brentwood, Essex

Athona£ 8.5 - 14 per hour

For a role based in ………, Athona Recruitment is currently recruiting for Band 2 Healthcare Assistant's to work for...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Retford, Nottinghamshire

Chase Medical£ 25 - 42 per hour

Healthcare Assistant, Retford Are you a Healthcare Assistant working in Primary Care in Retford? Chase...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Eastchurch, Sheerness, Kent

Integrated Care 24 Ltd£ 17864 - 22451 per year

The Role Express new ideas, take initiative and save lives. Others talk about being brave, at IC24, we’re made...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Bedford, Bedfordshire

Tripod Partners£ 11.5 - 20 per hour

All HCA's must have a PMVA Qualification and with a NVQ Level 2+ to work and support busy private...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Tripod Partners£ 11.5 - 17 per hour

As a mental health Healthcare Assistant, you must have completed your PMVA and be in date. The Mental Health...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Bedford, Bedfordshire

Tripod Partners£ 11.5 - 17 per hour

As a qualified Healthcare Assistant ( HCA) you will have an up to date PMVA Certificate, Level 2+ Care certification...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Spire Healthcare

HCA | Theatre | Band 2 plus excellent benefits | Impington, Cambridge | Full Time, Permanent. Due to...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Spire Healthcare

Healthcare Assistant (Endoscopy) | Endoscopy/Decontamination | Salary dependent on experience | Nottingham | Full Time/Permanent Spire Nottingham is...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Maidstone, Kent

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

KMPT Staff Benefits: NHS pension scheme Your employer pays 14.3% towards your pension and life assurance benefits. Please see...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Bolton, Greater Manchester

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

The vision of this Trust is to be recognised by the people of Bolton and beyond as an excellent provider...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Epsom, Surrey

Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Our mission: 'to put the patient first by delivering great care to every patient, every day.' There's never been a...

Posted 18th September 2020
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London, Greater London

University College Hospital London NHS Trust

We offer our permanent staff an interest free season ticket loan for travel, a subsidised social club including gym, free...

Posted 18th September 2020
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Winchester, Hampshire

Care UK£ 22500 per year

I help to make a difference! Are you collaborative, caring and compassionate? Prisons are one of the most...

Posted 17th September 2020
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Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Care UK£ 7145 per year

Job Summary Health Care Assistants (or HCA’s as they often referred to) at Care UK come from all walks...

Posted 17th September 2020
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Bicester, Oxfordshire

Care UK£ 17000 - 19500 per year

Break into Prison healthcare! HMP Bullingdon is a local Cat B prison for adult males and young offenders. It...

Posted 17th September 2020
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Healthcare assistant jobs: frequently asked questions

Welcome to our healthcare assistant jobs page, featuring all the latest jobs throughout the country as well as frequently asked questions below.

What does a healthcare assistant do?

Healthcare assistants work under the guidance of a healthcare professional such as a nurse, and their aim is to make patients as comfortable as possible.

They monitor patients’ conditions, provide care and support, and assist with washing and eating.

Often referred to as HCAs, healthcare assistants work in hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and other community settings in both the NHS and the private sector.

What daily responsibilities does a healthcare assistant have?

Healthcare assistants are vitally important to the efficient running of wards and healthcare facilities, and they tend to carry out a very wide range of tasks. These can include:

• Washing, feeding and dressing patients

• Monitoring patients’ conditions

• Sterilising equipment

• Cleaning and making beds

• Processing samples

• Assisting nurses and other healthcare professionals

However, it’s often noted that the role of healthcare assistants is expanding as they take on more and more duties in overstretched hospital wards.

Working hours are usually flexible and shift-based, and can include evenings and weekends. But ultimately your rota will depend on where you work.

What skills and qualifications do you need to become a healthcare assistant?

There are no set entry requirements for becoming a healthcare assistant.

You’ll normally need good literacy and communication skills, and some providers will ask for GCSEs in English and maths.

In terms of personal skills, you’ll need to be caring, compassionate, resilient, patient and have lots of energy. It’s a demanding job and to get the most out of it you’ll need to really be inspired by helping people.

Beyond entry-level positions, the two major qualifications for development are the NCFE CACHE level 2 and 3 certificates in healthcare support. These can normally be studied for while you’re working, and your employer may well support you through an apprenticeship.

Subsequently, HCAs often join the Royal College of Nursing as health practitioner members.

All of this can help to upskill and increase your chances of climbing the bandings or earning more money.

How much will you earn as a healthcare assistant?

Healthcare assistant pay can vary depending on experience and whether you work in the public or private sector.

Overall, the average pay for a healthcare assistant is probably somewhere between £18,000 and £21,000 a year.

The majority of healthcare assistants work in the NHS, where salaries start at just over £18,000 a year. With experience, these salaries can rise to £21,000 a year and beyond. It’s a Band 2 role, which can increase to Band 3 if you become a senior healthcare assistant.

In the private sector, the average is much harder to track but industry statistics suggest it’s around £17,000 to £18,000 a year.

Given the expanding duties of HCAs (it was recently reported that they carry out as much as 60% of patient care), pressure is building for salaries to be increased more generously.

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