6 October 2020
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got no experience of working in healthcare; the Healthcare Support Worker role doesn’t require it. You’ll be offered all the training you need to be able to do the job once you start in the role.
Employers will probably ask that you have a good standard of literacy (English) and numeracy (maths).
To help keep our patients and service users safe, you’ll be required to undertake some basic nurse training in the Healthcare Support Worker role. You’ll also work towards completing the Care Certificate, which is currently being offered on a ‘fast track’ basis with the opportunity to complete it within your first few weeks.
As you develop, you’ll be given more responsibility and you’ll have the opportunity to gain qualifications and progress. This, plus the experience you gain, will help you if you’re planning to take your career to the next level.
We’re always looking for people with transferable skills who can bring life experience and insights from working in other sectors. So don’t rule yourself out just because you have a non-traditional background, or because you don’t have clinical or degree-level qualifications.
And it doesn’t matter what stage you’re at in your life….whether you’re just starting out in the world of work, or whether you’re later on in life and looking for a new challenge or a career change. Being a Healthcare Support Worker is about attitude and teamwork.
There are more tips and advice on improving your chances of finding a job in healthcare here on the NHS Health Careers website https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/improving-your-chances
NVQ 2 certificate needed
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Clinical/Social care practitioner background an advantage but not essential