About Healthcare Assistants

Working in the NHS and providing care to our patients is an incredible and rewarding career. If you are passionate about patient care and having a direct influence on a person’s health, this could be the role for you.

Whether you are currently out of work, looking for a new start, or have been thinking about a change in career, we would love to hear from you!

What is a HCA?
A Healthcare Assistant or a Healthcare Support Worker is a very varied role and can differ slightly depending on the ward you work on. HCAs make sure the patient experience is as comfortable and as stress-free as possible. It can also be the stepping stone into many other roles within the NHS.

Some of the daily tasks of a HCA include:

  • Washing and dressing patients
  • Serving meals
  • Helping patients to keep active
  • Monitoring patient’s conditions

I don’t have care experience, can I apply?
You don’t need to have experience in a care setting to start your healthcare career with us. At Dorset County Hospital we provide training and support before you start your role. More information on this training and support is available below. What we do ask of you, is to ensure you uphold our Trust values, are passionate about care and committed to supporting our patients.

Where do I apply?
You can find a link to all our vacancies at the bottom of this page. Please email recruitment@dchft.nhs.uk if you have any questions.


We offer an incredible induction for all of our new HCAs to give you the best possible start to your new role.

You can expect:

– One full day of Trust induction: Learn about our Trust, our values and our objectives

– E-Learning: Easily accessible training to prepare you for your role and the challenges you may face

– Three Day Care Certificate Introduction: This will give you the skills and knowledge needed in your role


We are dedicated to supporting our staff! Throughout your career, you will be supported by many members of #TeamDCH.

We have dedicated Practice Educators who will support you with settling into your first few months and with your care certificate.

Your new line manager will support you in becoming integrated in your role and department.

Your colleagues and peers who have been in the same position as you will also be on hand to offer their advice and support.


  • GCSE English and Maths (Grade C or above)

  • Passionate about providing patient care

  • Able to work as part of a team, but also use your own initiative

  • Have good communication and organisational skills


A reminder of our Trust values…

  • Integrity

  • Teamwork

  • Excellence

  • Respect

I have been a HCA since 2016. I joined the Trust brand new to healthcare after 30 years in the employment services. I like the willingness of DCH to take someone with little experience (but the desire to learn) and give them the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge for the role. There is definitely opportunity for progression, not matter what your age.”

“I have worked at DCH since 2018 and this was my first healthcare role. I joined after being inspired by the staff, seeing first-hand the care provided to a family member. DCH has allowed me to learn and earn. I am currently on my NVQ3 as the hospital has enabled me to further my career. I have passed my level 2 and am working towards my Apprenticeship Nurse Degree.”

Would you be the perfect fit for us?

We have roles to suit everyone

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