Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare Assistants are required to carry out a number of designated tasks involving direct care, in support of and under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Their close patient contact allows them the opportunity to offer both emotional and physical support for our patients. They are invaluable members of the multi-disciplinary team, involved in tasks such as:

  • Assisting with meeting the comfort and hygiene needs of patients, including washing/bathing, oral care, escorting to toilet, assisting with bed pans/commodes, making beds.
  • Assisting registered staff with taking and recording patients’ temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure and completing patient fluid charts.
  • Assisting with meeting the dietary needs of patients which will include distribution of drinks and meals and helping patients to eat and drink as required.

Since 1st April 2015, NUH has been complying with the National Care Certificate Standards. You will undertake a two-week skills academy and following that must successfully complete the Care Certificate within 12 weeks. Many of these standards will require assessment in the clinical area.

You can get information on the care certificate here


Whilst previous experience of caring for acutely ill patients would be advantageous, we are also interested in hearing from exceptional individuals without this experience. We want to hear from people with a special talent for caring and compassion, who would be able to go the extra mile to help our patients feel valued and cared for and at all times to treat them with dignity and respect.

We have full-time (37.5 hours per week) and some part time opportunities available. The usual shift patterns at NUH for both full and part time posts are 12 hour day shifts and 12 hour night shifts on internal rotation and will be ward based.

Check out our vacancies here

Nursing Associate Role

For more information about this role, please click here.