How to write a Healthcare Assistant CV
Healthcare Assistants play an incredibly important role in providing excellent patient care in hospitals and other clinical settings. Working as a healthcare assistant is a great stepping stone to becoming a nurse. In 2017, the government committed to a 25% increase in training posts for nurses, which includes an increase in the number of nursing associates – a bridging role between a healthcare assistant and a registered nurse. By 2027 some 45,000 will be in post, with 17,000 expected to become registered nurses.
Most health care assistant jobs will require you to fill out a form. However, it’s still important to write a CV, as it will act as your guide when filling out the form and will ensure your tone remains consistent throughout. You'll also use it for reference when you get through to the interview stage.
Gather all of the information you need before you get started. This includes academic achievements, dates of previous employment, contact information and referees.
Research the hospital or care trust to find out who their ideal candidate might be. You’ll get clues from looking at the ‘about us’ section of their website, their social media accounts or their blog. It’s also a good idea to research the company on LinkedIn, as you can often find out more about existing staff members and their skills on there.
Read the application form in full before you start filling it out. Make a note of when the deadline date for submission is, and put that date in your calendar.
Writing your CV
Include your name, phone number and email address in the header section of your CV.
Write a few sentences about yourself and why your skills and personal attributes make you the perfect candidate for the role.
Include details about your employment history in this section, describing your main duties and responsibilities in each role. Volunteering experience is also a valuable asset the employer will want to know about. If you would like to get some volunteering experience, you should write to your local NHS trust to arrange a work experience opportunity.
You do not need to hold any specific qualifications to become a healthcare assistant, however, a proficiency in maths, English and digital skills will greatly increase your chances of securing a job. You can study these qualifications for free with Local London Flexi-Learn, alongside other specialist heath care qualifications. When writing your CV, include the name of the qualification you studied, the name of the educational institution, the year you completed the course, and finally your grade (or predicted grade if you haven’t completed it yet). Include any other relevant qualifications, such as a certificate in First Aid.
Due to the nature of the job, and the fact you will be working with vulnerable people, you will need to complete a Criminal Records Bureau check. If you have one already, include this on your CV too.
It’s important to demonstrate your personality and interests, as this will help you stand out and show the employer that you’re proactive. List and activities or societies you take part in. Activities cover everything from arts and crafts, drama, general interest, specialised interests, languages, politics, religious and cultural groups and sports clubs. If you live in East London and you’re interested in health care, you can apply to get involved in the East London Health & Care Partnership’s Citizen’s Panel.
Most people write ‘References available on request’ at the end of their CV, however, some employers will ask you to submit them along with your application. NHS jobs require your to give references for your past three years of employment. References can be given by a teacher, a manager, or someone you have worked with or volunteered for in the past.
Polishing your CV until it’s perfect
Hurrah… You’ve written the first draft of your CV! Now it’s time to polish it.
Rewrite sentences to improve the overall tone. Try to use descriptive words to create a sense of energy. Words you could use include ‘delivered’, ‘achieved’, ‘produced’, ‘planned’ and ‘inspired’.
Be concise. Delete any words or sentences which repeat the same meaning. Space is precious. Use it wisely.
Ask somebody else to check your CV for you. Even the world’s best-selling authors will miss grammar and spelling mistakes. It’s difficult to spot your own errors. A fresh pair of eyes will solve this problem!
Think about the layout of your CV. Is the information formatted clearly? Look at example CVs for inspiration.
You're not obliged to give details of your age, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation on an application form, and shouldn't be asked for them. Only provide information that you feel will support your application.