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Health Care Assistants

Health Care Support Workers or Health Care Assistants (HCA) work under the guidance of a healthcare professional such as a nurse and have a lot of contact with patients.  The duties of the role will vary depending on place of work. Within General Practice a HCA may:

  • sterilise equipment
  • do health checks
  • restock consulting rooms
  • process lab samples
  • take blood samples
  • do health promotion or health education work.

 Career Pathway 

There are no set entry requirements to become a HCA. Employers expect good literacy and numeracy and may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths. They may also ask for a healthcare qualification such as BTEC or NVQ in Health and Social Care.Employers expect some prior experience of healthcare or care work in the form of paid or voluntary work. 

Training as a HCA will include basic nursing skills and completion of the Care Certificate developed by Skills for CareSkills for Health and Health Education England.  

With experience and further training, HCAs can become a senior HCA. 

Training Hub Offers

  • Support to HCAs and their employers to apply and enrol on the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship which is a two-year programme or the Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship (dependant on appropriate qualifications/evidence of academic ability)
  • Support to upskill and enhance scope of practice for example; Venepuncture, Wound Care, Immunisation Training
  • Support for more involved training and qualifications such as the HCA Award at the University of Staffordshire. For more information on the HCA Award, please click here.
  • Peer support network led by STWTH HCA Facilitator


Find out more about the Care Certificate

Useful Contacts 

STWTH Primary Care Nurse Facilitator - Helen McAlinden This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

STWTH HCA Facilitator – details to follow.

Contact us

If you’d like more information or to speak to someone from our Training Hub team, visit our contact us page or email.