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Healthcare Assistants and Clinical Support Workers

Healthcare 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 HCA and CSW recruitment timetable (below) to see when applications are being accepted.

When vacancies are open, complete an online application form, which you can find by checking the job advert on:

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to an interview.

HCA and CSW recruitment timetable 2023
Advert opens Advert closes Shortlisting completed Interview date
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
10 Jul 13 Jul  17 Jul  24 Jul
 24 Jul  27 Jul  31 Jul 07 Aug
07 Aug 10 Aug 14 Aug 21 Aug
21 Aug 24 Aug 28 Aug 04 Sep
04 Sep 07 Sep 1 Sep 18 Sep
18 Sep 21 Sep 25 Sep 02 Oct
 02 Oct  05 Oct  09 Oct  16 Oct
 16 Oct  19 Oct  23 Oct  30 Oct
 30 Oct 02 Nov 06 Nov 13 Nov
13 Nov 16 Nov 20 Nov 27 Nov
27 Nov 30 Nov 04 Dec 11 Dec

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 induction training programme, to prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to safely care for our patients, before you start work in clinical areas. You will then have a local induction to help you familiarise yourself with your department and role.

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.

Band 2 HCAs

Band 2 HCAs will need to complete:

  • a competency document
  • the Care Certificate within your first three months, if you do not already have it.

You will have the opportunity to complete qualifications in Maths and English at level 2 and enrol on a level 3 apprenticeship in Healthcare. You can find out more about qualfication levels on the UK government website.

Band 3 HCAs

Band 3 HCAs will need to complete a competency document. You will also have study days in order to develop your knowledge and skills.