Senior Healthcare Support Workers (SHCSWs) support registered practitioners to deliver high quality, compassionate health and social care to people.
SHCSWs carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner.
They work in a range of services eg hospital, primary, community, health or day case units and many other settings.
Duties and responsibilities will vary slightly depending on the role, sector and industry that you are working in. To see the clinical and non clinical aspects of the role, click on the links below to expand.
Undertake a range of physiological measurements on adults
Assist with tissue viability risk assessments
Assist with caring for wounds
Obtain and test samples and other specimens
Support frailty, end of life care
Contribute to discharge from services
Monitor and maintain the environment, equipment and resources; perform first line calibration on clinical equipment and manage stock control
Assist nurses with delegated clinical tasks
Recognise limitations in mental capacity and respond appropriately
Other clinical tasks are determined by your local work setting and policies e.g. supporting patients to receive medication or non-oral treatments; monitoring the effects of medication; caring for stomas, taking ECGs, caring for individuals with catheters or nasogastric tubes, carrying out screening activities (e.g. hearing or vision).
All that level 2 staff do plus:
Promoting health and wellbeing
Duty of Care
Person centred care and treatment
Personal, people and quality improvement
Health, safety and security
Duties are delegated to you in line with care plans
Not all duties are routine and you will need to use your knowledge, experience and understanding to take decisions within your area of responsibility
You are accountable for your work and for reviewing
The role is undertaken following a period of experience in healthcare so you are able to demonstrate best practice and act as a role model
You may supervise or guide the healthcare support worker.
You follow the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers
Where it could lead...
After a period of working and gaining experience you may be able to work towards training as a Level 4 Assistant Practitioner or a Nursing Associate.