Health Care Assistants and Clinical Support Workers

Health Care Assistants

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

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

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.

HCA and CSW 2017-18 recruitment schedule
Roles advertisedAssessment centre dayInterview date
5 Apr 201727 Apr 20175 May 2017
12 Jun 201730 Jun 201711 Jul 2017
25 Jul 201714 Aug 201723 Aug 2017
14 Nov 201730 Nov 201715 Dec 2017
3 Jan 201824 Jan 20186 Feb 2018
19 Feb 20186 Mar 201820 Mar 2018

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

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.