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    I'm a HCA with NHSP around college and find it a brilliant role to gain clinical exposure (hoping to study medicine)

    I've asked my trust liaison officer to sign me up for the next phlebotomy training and ILS sessions - which I'm told is mandatory for HCAs who want to work on A&E.

    What I was wondering is whether your pay goes up for being able to undertake extra clinical duties? At my old trust, only band 3 HCA's took bloods etc and atm I'm paid at band 2.

    I've been working as a HCA for a year and a half - most of which was full time, but not sure how long it takes to make the jump between the two bands?

    Basically the answer is no. In my experience you're extremely unlikely to be upgraded to a band 3 purely for your clinical skills, you would have to apply for a specific job role. AfC sees you getting a pay increase yearly on the anniversary of the start date, you can find charts online for specific salaries.

    Good luck with getting into medicine! Phlebotomy is definitely a great skill to have. I've known a few doctors who started life as a HCA and they tend to be pretty good ones!
“Yanny” or “Laurel”
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