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 2019-20 recruitment schedule for King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill
Advertising dateAssessment centre dateInterview date
24 Feb 20197 Mar 201919 Mar 2019
4 Apr 201922 Apr 20192 May 2019
14 May 201930 May 201912 Jun 2019
25 Jun 20198 Jul 201922 Jul 2019
6 Aug 201921 Aug 20193 Sep 2019
17 Sep 201930 Sep 201914 Oct 2019
4 Nov 201918 Nov 201928 Nov 2019
25 Nov 20199 Dec 201917 Dec 2019
13 Dec 20197 Jan 202020 Jan 2020
21 Jan 20204 Feb 202017 Feb 2020
24 Feb 202010 Mar 202023 Mar 2020
HCA and CSW 2019-20 recruitment schedule for Princess Royal University, Queen Mary's, Orpington and Beckenham Beacon Hospitals
Advertising dateAssessment centre dateInterview date
24 Feb 20197 Mar 201920 Mar 2019
4 Apr 201918 Apr 20192 May 2019
14 May 201928 May 201912 Jun 2019
25 Jun 20199 Jul 201924 Jul 2019
6 Aug 201920 Aug 20193 Sep 2019
17 Sep 20191 Oct 201915 Oct 2019
31 Oct 201912 Nov 201926 Nov 2019
25 Nov 20199 Dec 201917 Dec 2019
13 Dec 20197 Jan 202020 Jan 2020
21 Jan 20204 Feb 202017 Feb 2020
24 Feb 202010 Mar 202023 Mar 2020

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.