What does a healthcare assistant do?

Job title: Healthcare assistants

Where you’ll meet them

Usually on the ward.

What they do

Also known as healthcare support workers or nursing auxiliaries, healthcare assistants are supervised by staff nurses. They help to look after you, including helping you eat or wash, taking your temperature or blood pressure, or in some cases taking blood samples.

Making the most of them

The level of tasks they can carry out varies, but they should be able to help with your comfort and daily needs. They won’t be able to prescribe medication or do as many things as a qualified nurse.


No mandatory training, though some will already have a qualification or will be working towards one as part of their employment.

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