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    (Original post by Pandabär)
    Quick question to any HCAs out there (there must be 1 or 2 of you lurking )

    If you got offered an HCA job in a ward and an HCA job in theatres, which would you rather take and why?


    The ward but only because surgery isn't for me. Do they have HCAs in theatre? I thought they had "theatre support workers"
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    The theatre 100%! You would see so much more cases from a medical point of view than in a ward. I went to surgery as a one off (I was an HCA on a surgical ward) and it was fantastic just to be there!
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    (Original post by Pandabär)
    That's what I thought...but then I strated thinking, surely the ODP's do most of the patient interaction, and I'd just be doing the cleaning/fetching stuff?

    Also, seeing as I'm getting paid, surely they'd start getting annoyed if I stopped working and just stood watching the operation/anaesthetist instead?
    The theatre assistants do spend a lot of time fetching but they also have a reasonable amount of time to watch so long as you're not too engrossed so that when you're called upon you still respond.
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    Depends what you want from the HCA job to be honest. A ward will be much more interactive in terms of patients and you will gain better communication skills, a better idea of patient concerns and in my opinion, a better idea of working as a team in a more common clinical setting compared to theatres.

    As someone had mentioned above you will likely get to see a more diverse range of medical procedures working in theatre, but you wont be particularly interactive with the patients themselves compared to working in a ward. As for fetching things.. as long as you get what the doctor requires when it is needed then you will be fine to watch the rest of the operation. Assuming you have been assigned to surgery and not other HCA theatre roles.

    In all honesty though, both will stand you in very good stead when it comes to applying for medicine as long as you remember to state what you have learned from your HCA role so it should be down to personal preference as to which you want to do.

    This is coming from someone who has done work experience in theatres, work experience on wards and currently works as an HCA in an endoscopy unit. Just to clarify my background
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    (Original post by Wallam)
    Depends what you want from the HCA job to be honest. A ward will be much more interactive in terms of patients and you will gain better communication skills, a better idea of patient concerns and in my opinion, a better idea of working as a team in a more common clinical setting compared to theatres.

    As someone had mentioned above you will likely get to see a more diverse range of medical procedures working in theatre, but you wont be particularly interactive with the patients themselves compared to working in a ward. As for fetching things.. as long as you get what the doctor requires when it is needed then you will be fine to watch the rest of the operation. Assuming you have been assigned to surgery and not other HCA theatre roles.

    In all honesty though, both will stand you in very good stead when it comes to applying for medicine as long as you remember to state what you have learned from your HCA role so it should be down to personal preference as to which you want to do.

    This is coming from someone who has done work experience in theatres, work experience on wards and currently works as an HCA in an endoscopy unit. Just to clarify my background
    That's such a good summary. Thanks.
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    has anyone been a HCA in scotland??
    Also how far in advance did you apply to be a HCA?
    thanks
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    (Original post by Pandabär)
    That's such a good summary. Thanks.
    No problem, feel free to message me if there's anything else you want to know

    (Original post by izzypetrie)
    has anyone been a HCA in scotland??
    Also how far in advance did you apply to be a HCA?
    thanks
    I was called to interview maybe 3/4 weeks after I applied. Heard back a few days after interview and then sorted out a start date, which is usually based on when you can do the core induction, the period of notice you have to give for your previous job or when the person you are replacing leaves.
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    As said before, depends where you are and what you're doing.

    Theatres can vary. If you're based in recovery/ORCU/pre-op/etc (rather than the theatres), you'll not be doing much, or learning very much. Theatres as well you'll be mostly fetching and watching - however, without the anatomy or knowledge to back up anything, it is largely not going to help much imo. It'll probably be even worse if you're main job is the escort to and from the wards. You're unlikely to be sent over to ITU/HDU in drier periods, nor running around with the ODPs to crash/trauma calls either.
    Don't get me wrong, theatres is fun, I just don't think I learnt very much from theatres.

    Wards, depending on their speciality/department, will be much more interactive, with nurses, doctors, physios, OTs etc and you'll more likely to have more opportunity to ask and learn. It's more like what a doctor (especially the juniors) may do on a day to day basis. Theatres tend to be a very controlled environment, wards are more dynamic and eventful. Areas like AAU/MAU would be really good for things like this due to the high turnover of patients and their ongoing assessments.
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    (Original post by Pandabär)
    Quick question to any HCAs out there (there must be 1 or 2 of you lurking )

    If you got offered an HCA job in a ward and an HCA job in theatres, which would you rather take and why?


    For a medicine application - 100% the ward. You'll get so much more out of it, more skills (both practical, and much more importantly - communication skills), much more understanding of what happens to patients in a hospital and what the rest of the ward team do.

    Theatres may sound more exciting, but in reality you'll just be moving stuff around! Think about what you can talk about on your ps and interview.
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    this is probably really annoying but can someone please send me a link to a HCA job placement on the NHS jobs site because i don't think I'm looking in the right places/i'm very confused!
    sorry to be annoying and thanks to any replies
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    (Original post by izzypetrie)
    this is probably really annoying but can someone please send me a link to a HCA job placement on the NHS jobs site because i don't think I'm looking in the right places/i'm very confused!
    sorry to be annoying and thanks to any replies
    In the search box on the homepage just type in your county/town in the area box and select the salary of below £20k. All available posts will then come up in your area. Sometimes HCA is also called Auxiliary Nurse/Clinical Support Worker, just read the job descriptions before you apply.


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    (Original post by kimsiclez)
    In the search box on the homepage just type in your county/town in the area box and select the salary of below £20k. All available posts will then come up in your area. Sometimes HCA is also called Auxiliary Nurse/Clinical Support Worker, just read the job descriptions before you apply.

    Thanks so much!
 
 
 
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