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Healthcare Assistants and Clinical Support Workers

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) play an important part in providing excellent patient care. They work alongside and assist registered nurses and nursing associates. 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 clinical observations, for example, temperature, pulse and breathing. They may also measure height and weight. Generally they help to make patients 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 2024
Advert opens Advert closes
02 Jan 05 Jan
15 Jan 18 Jan
29 Jan 01 Feb
12 Feb 15 Feb
26 Feb 29 Feb
11 Mar 14 Mar
25 Mar 28 Mar
08 Apr 11 Apr
22 Apr 25 Apr
06 May 09 May
20 May 23 May
03 Jun 06 Jun
17 Jun 20 Jun
01 Jul 04 Jul
15 Jul 18 Jul
29 Jul 01 Aug
12 Aug 15 Aug
26 Aug 29 Aug
09 Sept 12 Sept
23 Sept 26 Sept
07 Oct 10 Oct
21 Oct 24 Oct
04 Nov 07 Nov
18 Nov 21 Nov
02 Dec 05 Dec
16 Dec 19 Dec
06 Jan 2025 09 Jan 2025

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:

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

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.