£15,600 Average salary at age 20
£25,480 Average Salary
31 Average hours per week


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.

Main Tasks

  • Performs basic clinical tasks such as taking patients’ temperature and pulse, weighing and measuring, performing urine tests and extracting blood samples;
  • Prepares patient for examination and treatment;
  • Distributes and serves food, assists patients in feeding and prepares snacks and hot drinks;
  • Assists patients in washing, dressing, toiletry activities and general mobility;
  • Changes bed linen, makes beds and tidies wards.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/ SVQs in Care are available at Levels 2 and 3.

What Nursing auxiliaries and assistants studied in higher education

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What Nursing auxiliaries and assistants studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences3
(L4) Social policy2
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy1
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology5
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology23
(Y0) Combined1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry3
(Q3) English studies1
(B7) Nursing11
(M2) Law by topic1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine7
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology4
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(B4) Nutrition1
(N1) Business studies1
(X3) Academic studies in education3
(L5) Social work14
(C6) Sport & exercise science5
(V1) History by period1
(L6) Anthropology1

UK Prospects

260700 Workforce Size
5.40% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
47530 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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