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, breathing, 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 areas such as outpatient departments, day surgery, main theatres or clinics. CSWs usually have less contact with patients than HCAs.


To apply, check our January to July 2023 HCA and CSW recruitment timetable (below) to see when applications are open.

When applications are open, complete the online application form. You can find the form on the role advert on Trac, NHS Jobs and on our website (under the Nursing and Midwifery section).

If we think you may be suitable, we will invite you to an interview.

HCA and CSW January to July 2023 recruitment timetable
Advert opensAdvert closesShortlisting completedInterview date
11 Jan13 Jan16 Jan23 Jan
23 Jan26 Jan30 Jan06 Feb
06 Feb09 Feb13 Feb20 Feb
20 Feb23 Feb27 Feb06 Mar
06 Mar09 Mar13 Mar20 Mar
20 Mar23 Mar27 Mar03 Apr
03 Apr06 Apr11 Apr17 Apr
17 Apr20 Apr24 Apr01 May
01 May04 May08 May15 May
15 May18 May22 May29 May
29 May01 Jun05 Jun12 Jun
12 Jun15 Jun19 Jun26 Jun
26 Jun29 Jun03 Jul10 Jul

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.