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