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Healthcare Support Worker


As a support worker, under supervision, you provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, including a range of clinical, non-clinical or therapeutic tasks.

You could work in a range of services: hospital, community, health or day care unit, birth centre or midwifery led unit, someone’s home, operating theatre, nursing or care home, assessment centre, hospice, school, prison, GP surgery or a charity. You will work with patients, families, carers and other service providers.


Having the right values is key and there are also some specific skills needed to work in this role which include the ability to treat people with dignity, good listening and observational skills, organisation skills and the ability to follow company policies and procedures such as health and safety.


People become a Healthcare Support Workers from all sorts of backgrounds and at different stages in life. Some enter the role straight from school or college, others from different jobs, some after time looking after their children, others after a career in the armed services etc. Most importantly you will demonstrate you have the values and attitude needed.

There are no set entry qualifications.  Employers expect good literacy, numeracy and IT skills and may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths. It can be helpful to have a qualification in Health and Social Care but it is not essential. You could also enter through a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care.

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