Nursing Auxiliaries and Assistants

Nursing auxiliaries and assistants assist doctors, nurses and other health professionals in caring for the sick and injured within hospitals, homes, clinics and the wider community.


New workers

New workers start around £7,303. Normal pay is £20,704 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £31,435.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 434,195 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Changes bed linen, makes beds and tidies wards.

  • Assists patients in washing, dressing, toiletry activities and general mobility.

  • Distributes and serves food, assists patients in feeding and prepares snacks and hot drinks.

  • Prepares patient for examination and treatment.

  • Performs basic clinical tasks such as taking patients’ temperature and pulse, weighing and measuring, performing urine tests and extracting blood samples.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Nursing

  • Phlebotomy

  • Midwifery

  • Auditing

  • Venipuncture

  • Mental Health

  • Personal Care

  • Infection Control

  • Social Work

  • Nursing Care

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Leadership

  • English Language

  • Planning

  • Teaching

  • Teamwork

  • Compassion

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Team Leadership

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.