Healthcare Assistants and Clinical Support Workers

Health Care Assistants

Health Care Assistants (HCAs) play an important part in providing excellent patient care. They work alongside and assist registered nurses. They carry out tasks such as helping patients to:

  • wash and dress
  • eat and drink
  • move about the ward
  • go to the toilet.

They also monitor patients by checking their temperature, pulse, breathing, and weight, and generally help to make them feel comfortable while they are in hospital.

Clinical Support Workers

Clinical Support Workers (CSWs) do slightly different work but their role is equally important. They support the general running of a department and mainly work in short-stay areas such as outpatient departments, day surgery, main theatres or clinics. CSWs usually have less contact with patients than HCAs.


To apply, check our January to July 2023 HCA and CSW recruitment timetable (below) to see when applications are open.

When applications are open, complete the online application form. You can find the form on the role advert on TracNHS Jobs and on our website (under the Nursing and Midwifery section).

If we think you may be suitable, we will invite you to an interview.

HCA and CSW 2022 recruitment timetable
Advert opens Advert closes Shortlisting completed Interview date
11 Jan 13 Jan 16 Jan 23 Jan
23 Jan 26 Jan 30 Jan 06 Feb
06 Feb 09 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb
20 Feb 23 Feb 27 Feb 06 Mar
06 Mar 09 Mar 13 Mar 20 Mar
20 Mar 23 Mar 27 Mar 03 Apr
03 Apr 06 Apr 11 Apr 17 Apr
17 Apr 20 Apr 24 Apr 01 May
01 May 04 May 08 May 15 May
15 May 18 May 22 May 29 May
29 May 01 Jun 05 Jun 12 Jun
12 Jun 15 Jun 19 Jun 26 Jun
26 Jun 29 Jun 03 Jul 10 Jul

Read our advice on how to apply for a job at King’s.

Training and support

When you join King’s you will complete a one-week training programme before you start work in clinical areas. You will then have a local induction to help you familiarise yourself with your department and role.

You also need to complete a Clinical Competency document. Your manager will arrange for one of your colleagues to support you as you work through this document. You may also get the chance to study for Levels 2 and 3 NVQ in Healthcare.

To ensure you have every opportunity to become familiar and confident in your new position, we will ‘buddy’ you with a more experienced member of our staff before you work on your own.