How to become a Healthcare Assistant in General Practice
Healthcare assistants (HCAs), work under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, usually a nurse. In a GP surgery, HCAs do a variety of work including restocking consulting rooms, health checks, taking bloods samples and health promotion activities. For more details about the role view the Health Careers website here.
There are no set entry requirements to become a healthcare assistant. Employers expect good literacy and numeracy and may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths or for a healthcare qualification, such as BTEC or NVQ. Employers expect some experience of healthcare or care work, this could be from paid or voluntary work. There are apprenticeships in healthcare that can provide experience to apply for HCA posts.
Training as a healthcare assistant will include basic nursing skills and working towards the Care Certificate. Trainees may also be offered the chance to study for qualifications such as the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Healthcare Support Services of the CACHE Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support.
What is the Academy doing to help?
Working with local schools to be able to offer work experience placements in general practice to school and college students.
Working with local schools to be able to offer internship placements in general practice to school and college students interested in a career in healthcare and medicine.
Want more information?
If you would like more information about these programmes then please contact the Academy team.