As a healthcare assistant (HCA), you’ll work under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, usually a nurse. Sometimes staff working in HCA roles are known as nursing assistants, nursing auxiliaries or auxiliary nurses.
The work varies depending on where you’re based. In a hospital for example, you may be
- washing and dressing patients
- serving meals and helping to feed patients
- helping people to move around
- making beds
- talking to patients and making them comfortable
- monitoring patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight