Health Care Support Worker

Health Care Support Worker

Our Health Care Support Workers (HCSW) are essential to the smooth running of our Trust and a vital part of how the NHS look after people; spending time with patients, supporting personal care, and learning how to undertake technical tasks like taking a patient’s temperature.

We have great opportunities for people who are new to care and those with either experience or qualifications! Be part of something amazing, where your hard work & dedication makes a huge difference to people’s lives!

Take a look at our vacancy page here to find a role that suits you, or alternatively, register your interest in working with the Trust in the button above and a member of our team will be in touch!

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HCSWs can work across a variety of areas in the Trust, including:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Theatre
  • Respiratory
  • Children
  • Maternity
  • Elderly
  • Stroke
  • Trauma & Orthopaedic
  • Acute Care
  • Allied Health – (Includes Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy & Radiology)

The title ‘Health Care Support Worker’ can vary across the hospital. You may also be known as:

  • Perioperative Assistants
  • Generic Therapy Assistant
  • Clinical Support Workers
  • Radiology Assistants

New to care?

We offer opportunities to undertake an apprenticeship in Health and Social Care with Keighley College following a successful 6 month probation period.

It is an 18 month Apprenticeship where you can expect:

  • Excellent training at one of the best vocational colleges
  • A wage and supportive employer
  • Real experience and understanding of the industry
  • The opportunity to go on to university recognised industry standard qualifications
  • Progression opportunities
  • Benefit from better wages long term!
  • Assigned to a clinical area
  • A study day weekly
  • Level 2 / 3 Qualification as HCSW
  • A Band 2 permanent post on satisfactory completion

What does a day look like for a Healthcare Support Worker?

As a healthcare support worker, you are a vital part of the multi-disciplinary team delivering excellent care to our patients.
Your specific duties may vary depending on your specific role, but generally, your role will include:
  • Attending handovers where the team from the previous shift will update you on your patients
  • Helping patients at mealtimes, to get dressed, assist with their personal hygiene and to go to the loo!
  • Working as a team to ensure the patient is receiving the best possible patient care
  • Responding to patient requests
  • Letting nurses know if you have any concerns about a patient
  • Ensuring your patients maintain dignity and comfort in your care
  • Using specialist equipment for patients with restricted mobility
  • Helping patients to get around the hospital
  • Special observations – when a patient needs one-on-one constant care
Plus, many more responsibilities that are centred around ensuring our patients are safe, comfortable and well-cared for.

Still unsure of what a day looks like for a HCSW at Airedale?

If you require any further information or have any question about the role of a HCSW, please contact Rachael Clowes, our Practice Educator for HCSW’s at rachael.clowes1@nhs.net

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