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Job summary

As a leading provider of NHS Services in Surrey, we are passionate about supporting our staff to fulfil their true potential. We seek Health care assistant

To help us achieve this we need to grow our team of Healthcare Assistants across Royal Surrey Hospitals including, St Luke’s Cancer Centre and our Community Hospitals, with both full time and part time positions available.

As a health care assistant you will provide an essential role in the planning and delivery of care under the direction of a registered team member, working hands-on in a hospital environment.

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated compassionate people who can embody the 6 Cs of nursing principles to join our team.

Your Training, Development & Progression

The Royal Surrey values its Health care Assistants by actively supporting development and education. The successful applicants will be enrolled on a comprehensive induction which is mapped to the Care Certificate Framework. Staff are supported to achieve the National Care Certificate over a period of 3 months and success is celebrated through an award ceremony.

If you already hold the health care assistant Care Certificate and have experience working in an acute Trust (evidenced), successful candidates could attend a shortened programme, within the existing induction.


Main duties of the health care assistant job

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You’ll provide a variety of care and support for hospital patients as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Your day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Clinical tasks, like collecting samples, swabs and recording patients fluid intake/output.
  • Ensuring patients safety and comfort, supporting them with daily activities, including helping them to eat, drink and maintain personal hygiene, and using equipment to move and assist in your care of them.
  • Observing temperature, pulse and blood pressure, maintaining patient records and reporting any abnormalities to senior colleagues.

If successful you will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre on Friday 26th July 2024.

Please note you will be asked to bring three forms of original ID to the assessment centre.


About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

As an organisation employing health care assistant, we are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have given us an overall rating of Outstanding.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than £45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn’t the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Healthcare Assistant, you will assist in the provision of high quality care to patients and their families under the direction and supervision of the multi-disciplinary team. You will demonstrate a range of nursing skills to meet the needs of patients whilst promoting dignity, privacy and respect. You will also provide a range of healthcare and non-nursing duties, ensuring an efficient and effective service to the ward/department at all times.

Why be a Healthcare Assistant?

As well as an opportunity to gain or increase your healthcare experience and knowledge, joining Royal Surrey is a great way into a long-term NHS career with prospects. It is a rewarding and varied role, making a positive difference to peoples lives every day.

You don’t necessarily need previous care experience, we will give you full and ongoing training to achieve your true potential, in addition to growing your skills and knowledge working with other registered healthcare professionals.

There are many opportunities available for your development. These include:

  • HCSW forum (chaired by Lead HCSW from Practice Development) with links to national forums
  • HCSW monthly education and study days
  • HCSW bitesize teaching in the clinical area
  • Peer support and buddying from co-supervisors

The NHS is a great employer for ongoing development and career pathways are available should you want to progress. We have supported Healthcare Support Workers to complete apprenticeships at Level 3, Nursing Associate Level 5 and Registered Degree Apprentices Level 6.

Please refer to the attached job description for more information.


Person Specification



  • Educated to GCSE level or equivalent work experience

Knowledge and Experience


  • Previous experience in patient contact position
  • Knowledge of acute hospital setting

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

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