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Start your career at the RUH as a Healthcare Assistant

Here’s Becky talking about why she decided to become a healthcare assistant. If this sounds like the perfect role for you, apply now (see below).

If you're looking for a career that makes a positive difference to you and others, one that offers variety and can open you up to a whole world of opportunities - apply today to become a healthcare assistant.

We are looking for people who are passionate about caring for others, work well as part of a team and are willing to learn. In return, we'll train and develop you and you'll work with extraordinary people here at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Healthcare assistants play an important role in our nursing teams, you will help patients feel as comfortable and stress-free as possible. You'll work under the guidance of a healthcare professional such as a nurse and your job will vary day-to-day.

If you have the following qualities listed below, then we want to hear from you:

  • Caring, kind and friendly
  • Willing to be hands-on with patients
  • Able to follow instructions and procedures
  • Able to work in a team but also use your own initiative
  • Good communication, observational and organisation skills

Start your life-changing job - check out our vacancies

We have Healthcare Assistant vacancies in the following specialties:

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Preparing you for your role

When you join us as a Healthcare Assistant you will be supported by our dedicated Clinical Practice Education Team. In your first two weeks you'll begin the training to ensure you are competent in your new role. They will teach you about the essential part a Healthcare Assistant plays within our nursing teams as well as how to deliver high quality care to our patients. It's important to us that you are ready and have learnt the skills needed to be confident in this role.

You will also start the Foundation in Clinical Skills and start working on the Care Certificate which you will need to complete within the first 12 weeks of working in the Trust.

Polly Lockton Developing you as an individual doesn't stop there as the team will ensure that you have induction shifts on your ward for the first two to three weeks (depending on any previous care experience) and the Trust will continue to invest in you to help you grow as a person, identify your strengths and help you succeed to become the person you want to be and have a successful career at the RUH.

Healthcare Assistant Polly Lockton said:
"The HCA induction programme was brilliant. I had no previous care experience so it really helped prepare me for life on the wards.

"They made sure I was taught everything I needed to know and everyone in my induction group was very kind and supportive."

Your future - new opportunities, new focus, new zest for life

Healthcare support worker roles are a great entry point into the NHS and can lead to a lifelong career. If you're looking to become a healthcare professional and want to gain experience, it's a great place to start.

In the first 12 weeks we will help you achieve the Care Certificate to help you provide high quality care to our patients. Developing you as an individual doesn't stop there, we will invest in you to help you grow as a person, identify your strengths and help you succeed to become the person you want to be.

You will find further information on career development in our Learning and Development Prospectus. Any HCA's who join our Trust and are new to care will be expected to complete an apprenticeship at Level 2.

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Meet some of our Healthcare Assistants

Alvina Ware

Alvina Ware

Senior Healthcare Assistant

To do this job you've got to have a loving heart, a desire to help care for people and a willingness to learn. It's a great time to join the RUH as a healthcare assistant - there's so much to learn and many opportunities to be had.

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Mitchell Iles

Mitchel Iles

Healthcare Assistant

It wasn't until I started working as a healthcare assistant at the RUH that I realised I had finally found a job that I absolutely love. I didn't know what I wanted to do when I left school and ended up working a variety of jobs; I've worked in a pub and been a labourer and had many other jobs in between.

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Molly Vowles

Molly Vowles

Healthcare Assistant

What I love the most about my job is making a difference for our patients, for example making their hospital visit as comfortable and welcoming as possible. I like being able to have a general chat with patients, especially with the pandemic they are not able to see family and friends.

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Darren Pitman

Darren Pitman

Senior Healthcare Assistant

My name is Darren and I'm a healthcare assistant at the RUH. Before I joined the Trust in 2005 I had a completely different career - I worked as an engineer for 20 years - until I decided that I needed a change.

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Eli Bush

Eli Bush

Healthcare Assistant

I always wanted to be a nurse or a midwife but didn't have the right qualifications. I resigned myself to that fact that I was just going to be doing admin jobs for the rest of my life and so I started working at the RUH as an administration assistant three years' ago in the Education Centre. It was my colleagues who inspired me to train to become a HCA.

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  • Maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • 25 days annual leave entitlement that increases with your length of service
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Excellent career progression with opportunities within the Trust
  • 'Cycle to Work' Scheme - staff can pay for a bike and accessories over 12 months
  • NHS pension scheme including life insurance

For more information about these roles, please contact us:

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