Healthcare assistants provide a vital service to patients and other healthcare professionals by helping to create a settled, well maintained healthcare environment.
Normally working alongside nurses and other professionals, HCAs are likely to be involved with day-to-day patient wellbeing. Common duties include washing and dressing, serving and assisting with food and helping to mobilise patients.
Some healthcare assistants may work alongside healthcare scientists to investigate and treat diseases.
There are often opportunities to progress further into a more specialist role such as a nurse, midwife, physiotherapist and radiographer.
To become a healthcare assistant you should look to achieve a level 2 or 3 qualification in a related field. The Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice is also a route into the profession.