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 2022 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 & Midwifery section).

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

HCA and CSW 2022 recruitment timetable
Advert opensAdvert closesInterview date
27 Jun29 Jun12 Jul
11 Jul23 Jul26 Jul
25 Jul27 Jul09 Aug
08 Aug10 Aug23 Aug
22 Aug24 Aug06 Sep
05 Sep07 Sep20 Sep
19 Sep21 Sep04 Oct
03 Oct05 Oct18 Oct
17 Oct19 Oct01 Nov
31 Oct02 Nov15 Nov
14 Nov16 Nov29 Nov
28 Nov30 Nov13 Dec
12 Dec14 DecTo be confirmed

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.