Health Care Support Workers


The term Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) is an umbrella term which covers a variety of health and care support roles, including Health care assistant, Physiotherapy assistant, Podatry assistant and more.

Health Care Support Workers are at the very heart of patient care, supporting patients and making a real, lasting difference to their wellbeing. And with over 30 roles to choose from and world-class on-the-job training, it’s more than just a job, it’s a lifelong career.

The HCSW role can also lead to a range of career opportunities. With the right support, those who exemplify the skills and core values essential to delivering high-quality, compassionate care could, and can, go on to become our future nurses, nursing associates and midwives.

See the videos and case studies to find out more.


There are many different Health Care Support Worker roles. Use the links below to explore more about each of the Health Care Support Worker roles on the Health Careers website run by Health Education England.

Videos and case studies

Life as a Health Care Support Worker

Thinking differently about Support Workers

Further information