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Health Care Assistant in the UK

Published: 20.11.2013, Updated: 05.03.2017

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Are you thinking of becoming a health care assistant when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your apprenticeship is completed? If so the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a health care assistant in England.


Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words:

profession, variety, medication, patience, empathy, initiative, client, wheelchair, sheet, boring, medicine

Listen to the interview with a health care assistant in the UK and find out:

  • Where she works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
  • Where about in the UK she works.
  • Why she chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks she has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities she suggests are needed by a health care assistant.
  • Does she describe any work processes or services that she provides?
  • What she likes best and least about her job.
  • How she thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where she sees herself in 5 - 10 years' time.

Health Care Assistant - Interview

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a health care assistant in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links.
  2. Now compare a health care assistant's job and education in the UK with a health care assistant's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse 



After you have practiced, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • Someone knocks at the door, the carer answers it.
  • Mrs Johnsen asks for help to get to the bathroom.
  • Mrs Johnsen tells the carer about what she did yesterday.
  • The telephone rings.