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    Hello everyone.

    I'll be starting my biomed course in a week or so, and I would really like to work as a HCA for the duration of it.

    However, I have one question. I assume I need some sort of qualifications to be able to apply for a HCA spot. What are those qualifications, and how do I go about getting them?

    Any info is appreciated, thanks.

    Some positions ask for a previous NVQ in care which is generally obtained on-the-job. If you have no experience, these positions are tricky to get in to as it is essentially asking for previous HCA experience.

    However, there are positions that do not ask for an NVQ, but look for applicants willing to train for it on the job. These are the ones you're better off applying for.
    • PS Helper

    PS Helper
    As far as I know you don't need specific qualifications to be an HCA, though I know you can study while you work.

    (source: my mother is an HCA)

    you don't need any specific qualifications or experience to become a HCA. Just apply through 'NHS jobs' to your local hospital and tell them your availability as a student and its possible to get a permanent post on a particular ward e.g for one or two days a week. If you want to be more flexible then go through NHS professionals for a 'care supporter' role...however I think with NHS professionals they want a few months experience of working in a care setting... hope that helps
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