How to become a healthcare assistant

If you’re considering a career in care, you might be wondering how to become a healthcare assistant. Here, we share the steps required and explain how you can find your perfect job

Is it the right role for you?

Being a healthcare assistant is possibly one of the most challenging yet rewarding careers that you could choose. If it’s the right role for you, you’ll spend your days making a difference to people’s lives and putting a smile on their faces. It’s for this reason that you’ll need to be a positive person with a great attitude and plenty of dedication. The ability to stay calm and patient is also very important, as is a passion for helping people.

If you think that this sounds like you, you’ll be a fantastic healthcare assistant and you’re ready for the next step.

Research qualifications

Although there are no set qualification requirements to be a healthcare assistant, it may be worth having a look into health and social qualifications that could help you in your career. A willingness to learn is definitely a must when applying to be a healthcare assistant. You’ll undertake training throughout your role and will often have the opportunity to enhance your skillset and develop your career too. In fact, it’s a great stepping stone into other healthcare roles if you’re looking to move into something different in the future.

Consider different settings

As a healthcare assistant, you’ll have a the choice of a whole variety of settings to work in. Considering your options and deciding which areas interest you most will help you when it comes to applying for roles. At Newcross, we have vacancies across care homes, GP surgeries, prisons, schools, hospitals, and many more – so you can be sure that you’ll be able to find a position in a setting that suits you.

Look for volunteering opportunities

At Newcross, you will be required to have 6 months of care experience in the UK in order to apply. One way to gain this experience is through volunteering in a care setting. This is also a great way to get both a feel for the role and a better understanding of whether it’s the right career path for you.

Write your CV

A CV showcases the best of your skills and will help you to get your first healthcare assistant job. It should highlight care experience that you have, transferable skills that you have from previous jobs, and any relevant qualifications that you hold. Most importantly, it should be apparent how passionate you are about care as this will be a priority for those reviewing your application.

If you’re ready to start applying for healthcare assistant jobs, we’d love to hear from you! Explore our vacancies and find the roles we have available near you. If you’d like to find out more, take a look at our healthcare assistant career guide and discover the duties this role involves and the benefits you can enjoy.

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