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, Podiatry 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.

AHP Support Worker Career Development

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) play a crucial role in helping patients live their lives as fully as possible. Discover how you can begin and develop your AHP career in Greater Manchester.

The AHP Support Worker platform has been developed with the aim of promoting different career options and pathways available across the 15 Allied Health Professions.  This may be of interest to anyone in a health care support role, whatever the profession.

You can find out about the career pathways if you are considering training to become a registered professional or if you wish to develop your knowledge and skills so that you can be the best that you can be.  You can explore different courses and training opportunities available across Greater Manchester to support your career journey.  You can also see our library of case studies, helpful guides, toolkits and prospectuses to support your career journey.

Videos and case studies

Life as a Health Care Support Worker

Thinking differently about Support Workers

Further information