Health care assistant

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
  • toileting
  • making beds
  • talking to patients and making them comfortable
  • monitoring patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight

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