Role Description & Competencies: Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare assistants work in community settings such as GP surgeries, under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. The role can be varied depending upon the healthcare setting. Most commonly, Healthcare assistants work alongside nurses and also alongside qualified midwives in maternity services.

What are the benefits of having a Healthcare Assistant in the team?

General practice is well aware of the many and varied workforce challenges that it faces; with an increasing workload, GPs retiring early, the reduced popularity of general practice as a career choice and the huge retirement risk due to the high number of experienced nurses aged over 55. 

Benefits of having a HCA within the team, helps practices to reshape their workforce and by increasing the number of healthcare assistants (HCAs) to alleviate pressures on already stretched nursing teams. 

What can a Healthcare Assistant do in General Practice?

HCAs are commonly trained to undertake specific clinical procedures, such as blood pressure and new patient checks, health promotion, urinalysis, weight and height recording, ordering supplies, equipment sterilisation, and phlebotomy

Is there any additional support available to support the development of Healthcare Assistants in General Practice?

Please visit the Initiatives/ Support available link at the bottom of this page to find out more.

What are Healthcare Assistants trained to do?

HCAs are commonly trained to undertake specific clinical procedures, such as blood pressure and new patient checks, health promotion, urinalysis, weight and height recording, ordering supplies, equipment sterilisation, and phlebotomy.

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