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Careers resources for Health Practitioners

For HPs, including Heathcare Assistants, Support Workers, Assistant Practitioners and Nursing Associates

Care assistant and assistant practitioner jobs are in demand, meaning there are many opportunities out there waiting for you. Whether you’re applying for jobs in the NHS or the private sector, in a hospital or care setting, we've got dedicated resources to help you.

Job searching

How and where to start searching for jobs, networking and using social media. 

CV Writing

How to write your CV, including suggested layout and CV example. 

Covering letters

Advice on how to write a covering letter to introduce and compliment your CV.

Job applications

What employers look for in an application and how to ensure you get shortlisted.

Sample Supporting Statement

Have a look at a sample supporting statement for a job application.


Interview skills and techniques, as well as example interview questions.

Transferable skills

Find out why they're important and how to use them to get your next job.

Volunteering *

Help others whilst gaining skills and experience that could boost your career.

Dismissal *

How to apply for jobs after you have been subject to dismissal or investigation.

Want your CV checked?

Send your CV to  and include your full name and RCN membership no, along with a brief summary of your current situation and career objectives.

HCAs quick links

Careers support - An RCN guide for health care assistants and assistant practitioners

This guide has useful careers advice especially for HCAs and APs, including information on CV writing,  job applications, interview techniques, assessment centres and more.

Explore Health care support worker roles

  • See some of the different types of clinical support roles 
  • Find out what skills or experience you might need to pursue them

Join the HCA & AP Network

  • Engage with policy and influence policy makers and share best practice.
  • Network with other HCAs and APs
Standards and regulation

First Steps

First Steps is the RCN’s most popular free e-learning tool for health care assistants. It’s a perfect resource to dip in and out of, whether you’re new to the post or looking to refresh your knowledge and skills.

Get started


RCN membership

If you provide health or social care under the guidance and supervision of a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor and are not on a professional register you could be eligible to join the RCN.

Join the RCN