Ancillary Healthcare Workers work under the supervision of professional health care workers or nurses. Your job will be to liaise with patients, hospital or clinic staff to deliver healthcare services.
On a day-to-day basis, ancillary healthcare workers are responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of patients. Duties can include tasks like helping patients with personal care such as dressing them, helping them move around, helping them eat, and caring for their personal hygiene. You might also be required to monitor and record their vital statistics, for example checking blood pressure and temperatures, and communicate information to doctors and nurses as well as the patient’s family.
To become an ancillary healthcare worker in South Africa, you will typically need to study for a National Certificate in Ancillary Health Work.
Ancillary healthcare workers in South Africa typically study for at least 1 year.
As an ancillary health worker, job opportunities include finding private work at a patient’s home, at clinics or hospitals or nursing homes/hospices/old age homes or day-care centres and creches.
To find more information about ancillary health workers, contact the Department of Health.