From Healthcare Assistant to Registered Nurse with HASCS

Embarking on a career in healthcare is a journey filled with opportunities for growth, learning, and making a meaningful impact on people’s lives. For many healthcare assistants, becoming a registered nurse represents a significant professional milestone. At HASCS we are committed to supporting our staff every step of the way as they advance their careers. Here’s how we help healthcare assistants transition to become a nurse.

Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are vital members of the HASCS team, providing essential complex care support to our service users.

While the role is rewarding, many HCAs aspire to take on more responsibilities and advance their clinical skills, leading them to consider training as registered nurses (RNs).

Internationally Recruited Team

Nurses and midwives who wish to work in the UK but trained overseas must gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Applicants are tested for competence through a two-part process to gain registration. To pass and join the register, applicants will also have to pass an English language exam. The tests can be taken in any order.

Part one – computer-based test multiple-choice examination which is accessible around the world for applicants to access in their home countries.

Part two – practical Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), held in the UK in one of the five test centres.

The OSCE is based on UK pre-registration standards. Candidates are required to act out scenarios that nurses or midwives are likely to encounter when assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating care.

The OSCE made up of ten stations separated into four skills-based, four stations designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of care (APIE), and two silent skills. The NHS constitutional values and the 6Cs of nursing are assessed throughout the OSCE at all stations.

Success Stories

WATCH: Aichatou’s Journey

Aichatou started her journey with HASCS as an HCA just before the coronavirus pandemic. She is now back as a Band 6 Nurse.

We are proud to support our healthcare assistants as they pursue their dreams of becoming registered nurses. Our comprehensive support system ensures that our employees have the resources, guidance, and opportunities they need to succeed. If you’re an HCA looking to advance your career, we invite you to join our team and take the first step towards becoming a registered nurse. For more information on our careers and current opportunities, visit our careers page.

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