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A day in the life of… A Health Care worker

Deciding on a career path is an important decision, we’ve all been there. But making sure a job is the right fit for you could be the difference between a happy working life and a not so happy working life. If you’re an aspiring Health Care worker and wondered ‘what exactly will I be doing day to day?’ we have you covered.

We have spoken to industry professionals to get the most accurate account of what a day in the life of a Health Care worker might look like.

Health Care worker is a broad term, it covers everything from Health Care Assistants to Nurses. Within the Health Care industry there two different sectors, private and non-private. The private sector includes care homes, dental surgeries, clinics, and even private hospitals. The NHS represents the non-private Health Care sector, and includes, trust hospitals, GP practices, NHS dental surgeries, and care homes.

Depending on which job role and sector you decide to go into, your typical working day will look slightly different.

Let’s take a look at a typical day for a Health Care Assistant in the NHS.

5.30am: Wake Up!

You guessed it, you’re on the early shift, which means starting work at 7am.

7am: Your day begins

As a Health Care Assistant in the NHS your job starts at 7am. Before you can begin working with patients you need to attend a staff ‘handover,’ this is where the night staff brief you on the last 12 hours on the ward. Did you get a new patient, was a patient discharged? You will need all this information to provide the correct care to your patients throughout your shift.

7.30am: Breakfast time

During mealtimes, you are responsible for serving food to patients and where needed, helping them eat.

9am: Washed and cleaned

At 9am you begin your rounds, washing and cleaning patients. Helping them to maintain their person hygiene during their hospital stay.This can include changing their bed sheets and their nightwear.

12pm: Lunch time

Lunchtimes are the same as breakfast, serving food, and assisting patients with eating.

1pm: Take a break!

At 1pm you can relax and enjoy your lunch break with colleagues.

1.30pm: Assisting patients who have limited movement

During this time you will turn your focus to patients who are not mobile., This may include assisting them to the toilet or moving them to a new position in their beds to avoid bed sores and irritation.  

2.30pm: Vital observations

At 2.30pm you will begin checking the vitals of all your patients, from blood pressure to temperatures. Once you have taken the observations for each patient, you must update their medical record (typically found in a file that clips to the end of a patient’s bed). 

3.30pm: Handover to the late staff

It’s your turn to handover to the late staff. You must inform them of any patients changes, including medication, discharges and admissions that happened during your shift.

4pm: Home time!

You did it! You completed a day as a Health Care Assistant in an NHS hospital.

Although a career in the Health Care industry can be challenging, the rewards outweigh the challenges. You will be responsible for the care of thousands of patients throughout your career. If a job in Health Care sounds like the right fit for you, why no browse our Health and Social Care course catalogue. Alternatively, you can view our full list of online courses.