Career Pathway: Healthcare Assistant

What are the entry requirements to train as a HCA?

There are no set entry requirements to become a healthcare assistant in General Practice. Employers expect good literacy and numeracy and may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics. They may ask for a healthcare qualification, such as a BTEC Diploma or NVQ. Employers expect you to have some experience of healthcare or care work.

Is there an Apprenticeship route towards becoming a HCA?

Yes, there are many FE providers who offer a Healthcare Apprenticeship which provides on-the-job education and training for staff working with employers and healthcare professionals seeking to achieve formal qualification related to their knowledge and skills in providing patient care.

What training is available in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw?

The PCWTH offers primary care specific ‘Bolt-On’ modules for new to practice HCAs.
The Hub is developing a ‘new’ training programme for HCAs to access all year round. 

Where can the HCA role lead?

There are now a number of exciting opportunities available to HCAs who are looking to progress and develop within their career.

The three different career pathways currently available (in England), all of which lead to band 4 or band 5 roles, with some key facts and information for each.

Nursing Associate (England only at present)

  • 2 year long programme leading to a foundation degree 
  • Band 4 once qualified
  • Learning ‘on the job’ alongside academic studies
  • Paid at band 3 level whilst training
  • To be regulated by the NMC

Nursing Apprenticeship (England only at present)

  • 4 year programme leading to a degree and nursing registration
  • Band 5 once qualified 
  • Learning on the job alongside academic studies
  • Pay is dependent on where you study, but you will get at least the minimum apprentice wage rate

Assistant Practitioner 

  • 18 – 24 month programme leading to a foundation degree
  • Band 4 level once qualified 
  • Learning on the job alongside academic studies 
  • Paid at a band 3 whilst training
  • Not regulated by the NMC
  • To apply, search NHS jobs for trainee vacancies, or speak to your employer

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