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Careers resources for HCAs and APs

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, use our dedicated resources to help you.

We are in the process of adding new resources and pages, so please keep visiting.

Resources marked with * require you to log in with your RCN membership number or e-mail.

Job searching *

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

Interviews *

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

Volunteering *

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

CV Writing

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

Transferable skills *

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

Career progression

Where to find opportunities that help you develop your skills and experience.

Job applications *

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

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 membership no.
  • A brief summary of your situation and career objectives
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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

Feel like a change? Or want to see what other options are out there?

Have a look at the Health Careers website to: 

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

Nursing associates - everything you need to know

As the first trainee nursing associates join the workforce, the RCN answers the key questions about this new support role.

Join the HCA & AP Network

  • Engage with policy and influence policy makers.
  • Network with other HCAs and APs.
  • Share best practice.

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