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A Health Care Assistant in the UK

This interview will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a health care assistant in the UK.

Bilde av en eldre kvinne som får hjelp av en sykepleier til å lese i en sykehus meny

Pre-listening task:

Use a 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

Health Care Assistant - Interview


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.