Health Care Assistants and Clinical Support Workers

Health Care Assistants

Health Care Assistants (HCAs) play an important part in enabling the Trust to provide excellent patient care. They work alongside and assist registered nurses. They carry out tasks such as helping patients to:

  • wash and dress
  • eat and drink
  • move about the ward
  • go to the toilet.

They also monitor patients by checking their temperature, pulse, respiration and weight, and generally help to make them feel comfortable while they are in hospital.

Clinical Support Workers

Clinical Support Workers (CSWs) do slightly different work but their role is equally important. They support the general running of a department and mainly work in short-stay clinical areas such as outpatient departments, day surgery, main theatres or clinics. CSWs usually have less contact with patients than HCAs.

How we recruit

We advertise for HCAs and CSWs about five times a year on NHS Jobs and on our website (under the Nursing & Midwifery section). These vacancies are advertised about three to four weeks before the recruitment days. Recruitment days allow us to assess you and enable you to get an idea of whether the job is right for you.

  • To apply, complete the online job application on the NHS Jobs site.
  • If we think you may be suitable, we will invite you to one of our recruitment days at an assessment centre.

We have the following recruitment days planned for HCAs and CSWs. Only those shortlisted will be invited to the recruitment day.

2014 dates
Recruitment day advertisedRecruitment day
2 June18 & 25 June
11 August27 August & 3 September
15 September1 & 8 October
10 November26 November & 3 December

Read our advice on how to apply for a job at King’s.

Want to find out more?

Come to a session at one of our information days at Job Centre Plus in Peckham and Bromley to find out more about the role and what it’s like to work at King’s. We have the following dates planned for 2014:

2014 dates for Bromley
Information daySession times
31 July9.30am, 11am and 1pm
4 September9.30am, 11am and 1pm
30 October9.30am, 11am and 1pm
2014 dates for Peckham
Information daySession times
30 July10.30am and 2.30pm
10 September10.30am and 2.30pm
29 October10.30am and 2.30pm

For more details and to let us know that you want to attend a session, contact:

Anna Bittle
Peckham Job Centre Plus
Tel: 07855 319176

Liz Waghorn
Bromley Job Centre Plus
Unicorn House
28 Elmfield Road, Bromley Kent, BR1 1NX
Tel: 020 8271 5018

Training and support

When you join King’s you will complete a two-week training programme before you start work in clinical areas. You will then have a local induction to help you familiarise yourself with your department and role.

You also need to complete a Clinical Competency document. Your manager will arrange for one of your colleagues to support you as you work through this document. You may also get the chance to study for Levels 2 and 3 NVQ in Healthcare.

To ensure you have every opportunity to become familiar and confident in your new position, we will ‘buddy’ you with a more experienced member of our staff before you work on your own.