Health Care Assistants (HCAs) play an important part in providing 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 (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.
There are three stages in our recruitment process:
- to apply, complete the online application form. HCA and CSW roles are advertised about five times a year on NHS Jobs and on our website (under the Nursing & Midwifery section).
- If we think you may be suitable, we will invite you to an assessment centre. These take place about three weeks after roles are first advertised.
- If you are successful at the assessment centre, you will be invited to an interview.
These stages allow us to assess you and enable you to get an idea of whether the job is right for you.
|Roles advertised||Assessment centre day||Interviews for roles at PRUH||Interviews for roles at King's|
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Read our advice on how to apply for a job at King’s.
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.
Information days at Bromley - 10am and 2.30pm:
- 18 Dec 2014
- 29 Jan 2015
- 19 Mar 2015
- 21 May 2015
- 30 Jul 2015
- 10 Sep 2015
- 29 Oct 2015
Information days at Peckham - 10am and 2.30pm:
- 17 Dec 2014
- 29 Jan 2015
- 18 Mar 2015
- 20 May 2015
- 29 Jul 2015
- 9 Sep 2015
- 28 Oct 2015
For more details and to let us know that you want to attend a session, contact:
Peckham Job Centre Plus
Tel: 07855 319176
Bromley Job Centre Plus
28 Elmfield Road, Bromley Kent, BR1 1NX
Tel: 020 8271 5018
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.