Publish date: 28 April 2022

West London NHS Trust was out in full force at a special Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) Recruitment Day at Lord's Cricket Ground.

The global job site, Indeed, has teamed up with the NHS, and other organisations, to help recruit healthcare support workers.

The aim was to find new-to-care candidates, who are looking to start out in a healthcare career, return to work after a break, or change careers from another sector.

After registering their interest, Indeed checks a person's suitability for the role before inviting them to book their own interview slot.

Candidates then simply turn up at their booked venue where they're interviewed and possibly receive on-the-day job offers, subject to post-interview checks carried out by local Trusts.

Melville Jimmy Garber, Associate Practice Development Nurse, said: "There's been some fantastic interets here from multiple candidates to join West London NHS Trust."

Healthcare support workers work across a variety of settings, from mental health to children's services.

They work under the supervision of a healthcare professional, supporting them and helping patients on their journey back to full health.

There are no set entry requirements to become a healthcare support worker and you don't need specific qualifications or experience, rather success as a healthcare support worker is linked to who you are as a person, not your qualification level or experience.

Jozef Lukac, attended the recruitment event, he said: “Today’s event is very organised and I was happy with my interview. I have worked in healthcare before and I’m excited to join the NHS to improve my skills and experience.”

Tejash Sejpal and Krupa Sejpet, a married couple, attended the recruitment event and said: “We are both pleased we got an offer today – it’s amazing! We are hoping to work together in the NHS and make London healthier.”

The NHS is encouraging candidates with qualities such as good communication and problem-solving skills, plus a passion for helping people to apply for the roles.

Benefits include 27 days' leave plus bank holidays (rising to 29 after five and 33 after 10years' service), enhanced pay for working unsocial hours, personal development and career progression plans and a generous NHS pension.

Pay starts at £18,546 - £19,917 a year. Full-time and part-time work is available as well as shift work.

There are now more than 150,000 healthcare support workers working in the NHS in England, each playing a vital part in how the NHS looks after people.

You can find out more about career opportunities at the Trust here.