Healthcare support workers play a vital role in providing excellent care to patients across all NHS care settings.
HCSW can help patients with social and physical activities, personal care, mobility, meal times, booking appointments etc.
HCSW may also take observations of patients, including temperature, pulse, respiration and weight.
HCSWs can work in hospitals, GP practices, peoples own homes or in the community; roles can vary depending on the environment in which they work.
HCSW can work with many different patient groups, of all ages, including those receiving acute care, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or mental health conditions, and in maternity services.
The HCSW role can also lead to a range of career opportunities, with the right support, those who exemplify the skills and core values essential to delivering high-quality, compassionate care could, and can, go on to become our future nurses, nursing associates and midwives.