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 Trac, 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 will give you an idea of whether the job is right for you.

HCA and CSW 2021 recruitment schedule for King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill
Advertising dateAssessment centre dateInterview date
11 Jan14-17 Jan28 Jan
18 Jan21-24 Jan4 Feb
25 Jan28-31 Jan11 Feb
1 Feb4-7 Feb18 Feb
8 Feb11-14 Feb25 Feb
15 Feb18-21 Feb4 March
22 Feb25-28 Feb11 March
1 March4-7 March18 March
8 March11-14 March25 March
15 March18-21 March1 April
22 March25-28 March8 April
29 March1-4 April15 April
HCA and CSW 2021 recruitment schedule for Princess Royal University, Queen Mary's, Orpington and Beckenham Beacon Hospitals
Advertising dateAssessment centre dateInterview date
11 Jan14-17 Jan28 Jan
18 Jan21-24 Jan4 Feb
25 Jan28-31 Jan11 Feb
1 Feb4-7 Feb18 Feb
8 Feb11-14 Feb25 Feb
15 Feb18-21 Feb4 March
22 Feb25-28 Feb11 March
1 March4-7 March18 March
8 March11-14 March25 March
15 March18-21 March1 April
22 March25-28 March8 April
29 March1-4 April15 April

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 one-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.