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Healthcare Support Worker

Healthcare support workers work as part of a team providing high quality and compassionate care to people when they need it most. You’ll be working in a hands-on, fast-paced environment where communication is vital. What matters most in this role is that you have a passion for helping others and enjoy working as part of a team. You will receive world-class training and development. The NHS is vast and diverse, and so are healthcare support worker roles.

You could be:

  • supporting patients through their treatment and making a difference to their journey back to health
  • supporting patients with nutritional issues as a dietetic assistant
  • helping people to learn to walk again as a prosthetic technician
  • helping patients undergoing diagnosis and treatment as a radiography assistant

Apprenticeship duration: approx. 18 months

Salary expectations: starting salary can be between £16k and £19k

Find out more about a health care support worker apprenticeship

Where could you work?

Healthcare support worker apprenticeships are found across the NHS and beyond. If you’re considering a career in the health sector, it is often better to secure a job as a healthcare support worker first – then after a few months in your role, your employer will start you on an apprenticeship programme that is right for you. This means you can decide if this is the right career for you before you sign up to an apprenticeship programme.

“There aren’t many careers where you get to make a huge difference to people’s lives, every single day. But with ongoing training and endless opportunities to progress, you can earn, learn and make a difference with an NHS apprenticeship.”

- Jane Hadfield, National Apprenticeships Lead, Health Education England

Meet some apprentices

Meet Alex, who has transformed her career by rotating through lots of different medical teams.

Meet Amber, an apprentice at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Meet Lily, who is working towards her dream of becoming a nurse.

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