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Tips on becoming an HCA

Discussion in 'Thinking Of Applying' started by fairydustsharon, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. fairydustsharon

    fairydustsharon Member

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    Hi all

    I'm about to contact local hospitals to become an HCA (hopefully somewhere near the maternity areas too!).

    Thing is, I've not got any relevant qualifications/experience on anything other than office work. So I wondered if anyone had any tips, etc on how to stand out and actually get an interview in the first place, and then of course get a job. i.e Should I mention that I want to be a SMW?

    Thanks for any help
     
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  2. Bugsy the Red

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    I work as a bank HCA and there are many HCA's that start who have no previous health care experience whatsoever. Many have come from office jobs! Just show your determination in reaching your goal, and be prepared to tell them what you have to offer, your willingness to learn a new vocation and say you have a kind and caring nature, honesty and trustworthy. It's much harder getting in to the maternity support worker jobs, but starting as a HCA on the general wards is a step in the right direction. Many of the hopsitals have gynae wards so that would be relevant to your ambition to be a midwife. I'm sure you'll be snapped up. Good luck on your new career path.
     
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  3. Lucky7

    Lucky7 Well-Known Member

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    agree with all Bugsy the red has said. I got my hca job when i was 20+ pregnant and with no experience i did say my ultimate goal was to be a midwife and would love the chance to gain experience on the wards and watch the qualified staff in their roles - I have been promised bank shifts within the maternity wards too when i go back after my maternity leave so letting them know at interview worked for me. Good luck and check out the www.jobs.nhs.uk for vacancies within your local hospital
     
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  4. Toadinthehole

    Toadinthehole Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,
    Have a look on the NHS jobs website, that is where they advertise vacancies.
    I started as an HCA in November. I came straight from a French degree so no previous experience at all. They are looking for a hard-working person who isn't afriad of bodily fluids! As an HCA you help patients to wash, give bed baths if they can't get out of bed, make beds and do all sorts of toileting, ie help people onto bedpans, help people onto commodes, and do a lot of bum wiping!! Also you give out meals and feed patients who are unable to do it themselves.
    Don't want to put you off you just have to know it is not at all glamourous and it is a lot of hard work, but at the same time very rewarding.
    I think it's handy to mention that you are looking to begin a career in healthcare and this position will give you valuable experience and an insight into the NHS and the hospital environment.
    Good luck xxx
     
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  5. fairydustsharon

    fairydustsharon Member

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    Thank you all. I've been having a look at the NHS jobs for any HCA jobs, but nothing yet - but will keep looking and hope to be able to say I've got one soon :yes:
     
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  6. Emzie

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    Hi i am currently working for nhs profesionnals whih gives me lots of care and hospital experience. I
     
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  7. Emzie

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    sorry carry on lol i did not have any workrelated experience or qualifications but still got the job. I currenlty under going training to work as a midwifery assitant. The training is free too which is an added bonus. Look up nhs profesionals.
     
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    Kizzi Well-Known Member

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    whats nhs proffesionals? Had a quick look, but my local hospitals arnt there? xx
     
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  9. mbaz

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    Hiya I got a HCA job without experience. I think theya re more interested in a personality (caring nature etc) than experience. I got my MCA job after 4 months as a HCA and it definitely helped having the general HCA experience and learning things like taking blood pressure, blood sugars etc. I don't think I could have got the MCA job without being a HCA first.
     
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  10. sarahmidwife

    sarahmidwife New Member

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    Hiya I started working as a hca on a care home for the elderly, i find that many homes or hospitals will take people on without quals as they like to train you up nvq 2 etc. I worked hard as a junior carer (hca) and this was noticed i was offered the chance to be trained up as a Senior carer which took me a year. I loved this job but i want to be a midwife. so i applied for a hca job in Maternity.. and got the job.. My advice is to just be yourself dont try practice what to say just let your personality come through if you genuinly want to care for people that will shine through!

    Good luck x
     
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