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 nurses and carry out tasks such as helping patients to:

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

They also monitor patients by taking 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. Their main job is to support the general running of a department, and they work mainly 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
31 March15 & 23 April
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
22 May9.30am, 11am and 1pm
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
26 March10.30am and 2.30pm
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: 020 7805 9696.

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 specific 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 Level 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 independently.