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Additional information

body or mind

both

Field

Social Services

Boss or Team

Team

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Neither

Study Length

Shorter Study

Environment

Busy Environment

Ancillary Healthcare Worker

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.

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

You will need to study for a National Certificate in Ancillary Health Work.

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

  • Ability to read and write in English (Certificates or reports not needed)
  • ABET Level 3

Length of Study:

At least 1 year.

Employment:

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.

Further Information:

Department of Health:

http://www.health.gov.za/

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