Are you thinking about becoming a Healthcare Assistant in Ireland? Here’s more information on how.

As a Healthcare Assistant, your role is to provide support to patients and assist them in personal care. Healthcare Assistants can work in various different healthcare settings including patients’ homes, hospices, nursing homes, day services and hospitals.

Roles and responsibilities of a healthcare assistant include:

  • Assisting patients with personal care such as bathing, clothing and feeding.
  • Supporting with personal hygiene and toileting
  • Prompting patients to take medication
  • Assisting nurses and supporting other healthcare workers
  • Monitoring and supporting patients
  • Maintaining a safe environment
  • Protecting the dignity of the patients

You must have specific qualifications to work as a Healthcare Assistant in Ireland, which includes a QQI Level 5 in Healthcare or Pre-Nursing (or equivalent if obtained outside Ireland).

Alternatively, if you’re a student nurse studying a level 8 you can work as a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) after your first year of studies along with other modules obtained, including Infection Prevention and Control, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and Patient Manual Handling.

Healthcare Assistants are crucial to the Irish Healthcare system, and there are also many opportunities for career growth. At Excel Healthcare, we provide a list of training courses, including online and classroom training for healthcare professionals.

Excel are always looking for more qualified Healthcare Assistants to join our Healthcare team, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a confidential chat and more information on our agency and what it can offer you. There are always job opportunities available at Excel Healthcare.

Contact us on 01 871 7666 or email

You can check out all of our live HCA roles here.