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 2015 recruitment schedule
Roles advertisedAssessment centre dayInterviews for roles at PRUHInterviews for roles at King's
12 Jan28 Jan10 Feb12 Feb
5 Feb26 Feb5 Mar5 Mar
26 Mar16 Apr23 Apr24 Apr
2 Jun18 Jun25 Jun25 Jun
11 Aug27 Aug3 Sep3 Sep
15 Sep1 Oct8 Oct12 Oct
10 Nov26 Nov3 Dec3 Dec

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.

Information days at Bromley - 10am and 2.30pm:

  • 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:

  • 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:

Anna Bittle
Peckham Job Centre Plus
Tel: 07855 319176

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 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.