Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare assistants work with healthcare professionals across our hospital and community setting. 

We have vacancies in the following areas

Take a look and see what vacancies we have to offer. Be part of MY team!

For any queries around the roles, please get in touch with our friendly recruitment team via email or by calling 01924 546152

HCA - Current Job Vacancies

Apprentice Healthcare Assistant

Salary: £22,383 a year
NHS AfC: Band 2
Weekly working pattern:

  • Full time
  • Part time

37.5 hours per week (Various)
16 month contract 
Location: Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield 
Closing date: 31 July 2023

Job description: As an apprentice healthcare assistant you will undertaking a training scheme over 16 months, under supervision, to achieve a Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship.

As part of the apprenticeship you will be allocated 20% of your working hours to protected learning time towards your study, learning, shadowing and appropriate courses. Mandatory training is not included in this protected time.


  • English GCSE Grade A-D or equivalent (Functional Skills Level 1 or new GCSE grade between 2 and 3) Maths GCSE Grade A-D or equivalent (Functional Skills Level 1 or new GCSE grade between 2 and 3)

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Trainee Healthcare Assistant

Salary: £22,383 a year pro rata for part time staff
NHS AfC: Band 2
Weekly working pattern:

  • Full time
  • Part time

37.5 hours per week (Various)
Location: Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield and Dewsbury and District Hospital, Dewsbury
Closing date: 31 July 2023

Job description: Under supervision a trainee healthcare assistant will undertake a training scheme over 6 months, completing a two week induction programme that incorporates the Care Certificate and Skills in Practice Programme, core Mandatory training, role Specific Mandatory Training and a HCA competency workbook be supported to achieve a set of core competencies within the first 6 months.

Upon the timely completion of the above, together with a satisfactory appraisal, the post holder will be appointed to the full Band 2 role together with the appropriate salary.


  • BTEC Level 3 in a Health-related subject or equivalent qualification, e.g. Access, A Level etc. Level 1 Functional Skills in Numeracy and English

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Healthcare Assistant

Salary: £22,383 a year 
NHS AfC: Band 2
Weekly working pattern:

  • Full time
  • Part time

37.5 hours per week (Various)
Location: Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
Closing date:  31 July 2023

Job description: As a healthcare assistant at Mid Yorks, will be responsible for the delivery of holistic, patient-centred care as planned and directed by health care professionals within the speciality.

You will hold a responsible for maintaining high standards of care and providing services in accordance with the Trusts declared values and principles to support the nursing team in the delivery of patient care.

You must deliver professional and courteous working relationships with staff and respect the equality and diversity of each and every person he/she comes into contact with in the course of their business.


  • NVQ Level 2/ completed apprenticeship in a Health-related subject Level 1 Functional Skills/Keys Skills in Numeracy and English or to achieve within 12 months of commencement in post

Apply today

Be part of MY team

Learn about life as a Healthcare Assistant at our hospital trust, from our brilliant colleagues who work together to make a difference. 


About the role

Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) provide some of the most fundamental support to our patients, providing compassionate personalised care with the best interests of others in mind.

The nature of the role varies from day to day but includes the following duties:

  • Work under the direction of a registrant
  • observing, monitoring and recording patients' observations by taking blood pressure, temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight
  • chaperoning patients
  • providing care on a one-to-one basis
  • communication with patients, relatives, and carers
  •  support the registrants in delivering the care the patients require orders supplies and maintains the cleanliness and tidiness of the environment
  • personal care including, hygiene, nutrition and hydration, toileting needs and overall reassurance, comfort and safety
  • promoting positive mental/physical/nutritional health with patients
  • wash and dress patients
  • serve meals and help to feed patients
  • help people to move around
  • make beds
  • make patients feel comfortable
  • monitor patients' conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight

How to become a HCA

There are no set entry requirements to become a healthcare assistant. It is a role in which you can learn on the jobs at entry level. All you’ll need is to show the Trusts visions and values by being:

  • caring and kind
  • respectful
  • willingness to be hands-on with patients
  • able to follow instruction and procedures
  • able to work in and as a team
  • able to use your own initiative to problem solve

You will also need:

  • good communications skills
  • organisation skills
  • observation skills

Opportunities to progress

Joining the Trust as a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) is a great way to begin your healthcare career. It offers experience and routes through to nursing careers, and to work towards an appropriate foundation degree.

With experience and further training, you can become a senior healthcare assistant. Following this, an assistant practitioners or nursing associate.

With qualifications, the path to becoming a nurse, podiatrist, midwife or occupational therapist is available through this career choice.

Benefits of being an HCA at Mid Yorkshire

At the Trust we also have several reward and recognition schemes to recognise the invaluable contribution teams and colleagues make towards improving the quality of our patient care. Including, MY Star – an opportunity for Trust staff to nominate a colleague or team who they feel has truly demonstrated the Trust’s values and worked beyond their duty.

All these are in addition to the standard benefits that you expect from the NHS, such as:

  • competitive pay
  • comprehensive and generous workplace pension scheme
  • generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy and sell days
  • a range of support and policies to help you balance your work, family commitments and personal well-being

You can view our full employee benefits package.

The Clinical Skills Tutors

The Clinical Skills Tutors are an experienced team of six former health care assistants (HCAs).

The team is part of the Workforce and Organisational Development who work across all three hospital sites in rotation.

They work in partnership with Wakefield College to help support apprentice healthcare assistants and provide a base for apprentices to undertake their off the job hours which includes study days at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

Apprentices at the Trust have both the support of the Clinical Skills Tutors but also from college assessors, as part of learner progress review to help support apprentices to achieve their qualification.

To uphold the Trust’s values and ensure high standards of care are maintained, the team provides support and guide new and existing healthcare assistants to help them develop knowledge and skills whilst in their roles.

Healthcare assistant apprentices are supported in their learning journey from their very first day at the Trust to when they gain their qualification. 

The Care Certificate

The Care Certificate is delivered monthly at Dewsbury to new starters, it is a two-week programme covering 15 standards. It also covers the SIPPS programme and corporate induction. The team carry out a significant amount of training with the healthcare assistants in their own clinical environments to support them in their new role. This usually takes place once they have completed the Care Certificate.

Candice Smith, Clinical Skills Tutor, said:

“Our roles and responsibilities are to support healthcare assistants in their new journey in the form of providing training, guidance and giving advice and encouragement to them all.”

As part of their training healthcare assistants are required to complete a core competencies booklet, and this is checked by the tutor team when they visit the ward. Candice adds:

“We have had some great feedback from HCAs after they have completed the Care Certificate, saying they have enjoyed it and that they have learnt a great deal in the time they have spent with us.”

Another crucial part of the team’s duties is to provide pastoral care to the healthcare assistants. Candice said:

“For any HCA who has concerns or fears, is worried or is emotionally affected by their experiences, we make every effort to address these issues to ensure their safety and wellbeing, so they are able to reach their full potential in their educational journey.” 

The Clinical Skills Tutors are available to healthcare assistants from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm for help and support with training and any requirements in ward areas.

If you would like further information about the Clinical Skills Tutors and the service they provide please contact them via email at:

How to apply

You need to register online at NHS Jobs to be eligible to apply for a position with Mid Yorkshire. NHS Jobs gives you access to all the vacancies the NHS has across the UK, but you can set your online preferences to search for specific jobs at Mid Yorkshire.

The length of time a job advert is posted for will be specific to the role; if a closing date is not given, it means the job advertisement will close as soon as there are sufficient numbers of applicants. Make sure you submit your application in good time as applications will not be accepted after the closing date has passed or once a significant number of applications have been received.

If you have been shortlisted, you will be contacted online, via your NHS Jobs account and invited to interview. Your interview may be conducted virtually, or in person – please ensure you read your invite thoroughly as this will explain all the details you need, including information regarding any other assessments and the documents required on the day. It’s important that you accept your invitation via your NHS Jobs account so that the interview panel know to expect you.

If you apply for a position and your application is not shortlisted, you will receive an update via your NHS Jobs account. Our Recruitment Team will also send you an email confirming who you can contact to obtain feedback.

Following your interview, you will be contacted by a member of the selection panel, who will provide feedback and confirm your outcome. If you are successful, the details of your appointment will be shared with the Recruitment Team who will issue you with a Conditional Offer and explain the next steps in the process. This will include details of the pre-employment checks required for your role. Please ensure you keep in touch with the Recruitment Team throughout this period to help us ensure you can commence in post as soon as possible.