NHS Healthcare Support Workers
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Do I need to have qualifications to work for the NHS?

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  • 5 November 2020

    There are no set entry requirements to become a Healthcare Support Worker, but good literacy (English) and numeracy (maths) skills are expected, and in some cases GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and maths are required too. You may need a healthcare qualification such as a BTEC or NVQ for some of our roles, although many don’t require any qualifications.

    You’ll be offered all the training you need to be able to do the job once you start in the role.


    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 in four 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.

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