Healthcare Support Worker Recruitment

Role of the Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW)

The Healthcare Support Worker works under the direction or supervision of qualified nurses/midwives to implement care planned by Registered Professionals. The HCSW is proactive in monitoring and anticipating patients’ needs within the boundaries of the Job Description.

Depending on the area you work in your duties will vary, but key elements of the role include:

  • Feeding patients and supporting nutrition
  • Washing, bathing and repositioning patients
  • Completing observations
  • Supporting patients with toileting
  • End of Life care
  • Cleaning equipment and changing bedding
  • Assisting with moving and handling of patients.
  • Providing enhanced care to patients e.g. those with dementia
  • Escorting patients to and from the ward
  • Managing patient notes and clinic lists
  • Venepuncture and cannulation (with additional training)
  • ECG and Bladder Scanning (with additional training)

We require staff to be flexible. Some areas may have part time opportunities, but flexibility is still required.

For inpatient areas, day shifts are 07.30am – 8pm and Night Shifts are 7.30pm – 8am.

Day Case Units and Outpatient shift patterns vary and you should discuss this during the recruitment process.


We manage Health Care Assistant recruitment centrally and hold recruitment days throughout the year. Before interview you will be required to complete an assessment. If you pass this test, you will be put forward for an interview. Resources to support you in preparation for the English and Math assessment can be found here.

Recruitment Days for 2024 are scheduled as below, adverts to apply online will open roughly 4 weeks prior to the event:

  • Saturday 21 July 2024
  • Saturday 7 September 2024
  • Saturday 23 November 2024
  • Saturday 11 January 2025

If you would like to attend the next interview date at St George’s please apply via our jobs page. Walk in applicants on the day will not be granted entry.

HCSW Induction and Care Certificate

On appointment to the trust you will attend an induction. The induction is a 4-day programme where staff are taught and assessed through a combination of theory and practical learning – 3 days are spent in Education Centre and a day for Manual Handling and BLS. It is normally Tuesday to Friday.

At induction you will begin working towards the successful completion of the Care Certificate. This is a mandatory learning and assessment process for all HCSW that have not completed it in a previous role in health care. It is part of the foundation of your role in Health and is an essential building block for your career.  You will need to complete theory and observed competencies in your clinical area. You will have 3- 6 months to complete this process, which this is outlined in the assessment book given to you during your induction.

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