The qualifications needed to become a healthcare assistant vary for each hospital. Some require GCSEs, while others require a vocational qualification. Some hospitals also offer training themselves and therefore no formal qualifications are required.
Excellent people skills are essential for this role. You also need to like people and looking after people in order to make a successful career in this area.
Many healthcare assistants stay in this role on a long-term basis, developing their knowledge and learning more specialized skills such as taking blood and cannulating patients. These experienced healthcare assistants are highly valued members of the healthcare team.
Others use the wide range of skills and experience they gain in this area to go on to explore different roles within hospital or community settings, such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, medicine or dietetics.
Working as a healthcare assistant is a great way to explore health settings and find your career in healthcare. You’ll get great insight into working in a hospital, working with different teams and working with patients.