A medical assistant will help out patients with a selectin of things. This might be with daily tasks, chatting to them and cheering them up and generally helping them either in their home or in hospital. The job has varied roles and there is a selection of necessary skills needed. The salary will change according to location, experience and employer.
The job involves working very closely with patients. A medical assistant would help them to wash, shower and dress. They would serve them food and may help them to eat and drink. They would make their beds and change beds when necessary. They would chat with patients, help to put them at ease and try to answer any questions they may have. They could help them to move around, if they find this difficult including helping them to the loo or providing bedpans where necessary. They would help patients who cannot get out of bed to move regularly to prevent pressure sores. They would tidy up the ward or the patients home if necessary. They will make sure that supplies and equipment is kept in order. They will also take some recordings of pulse, temperature and breathing. They will be overseen by nursing staff.
Qualifications and Skills needed
It is important to have the right sort of personality for this role. You will need to make sure that you are friendly and caring as you will need to be looking after people all of the time. You will also need to be able to help patients form all backgrounds and respect all of them. You will need to keep things confidential and understand why it is important that you do this. You will need to be patient but also have a sense of humour. The required qualifications can vary and you will need to see what your local college requires. You may find that you will be able to do an apprenticeship. It is likely that you will need qualifications in maths, English, science and care.
Work is normally 37 hours a week and it will normally be in shifts as care will need to be given 24 hours. This means that you will need to work nights, weekends, bank holidays, evenings and days. You may be able to choose hours that suit your lifestyle and there is usually an opportunity for part time work. You could be based in a hospital or in the community. If you are visiting patients in their homes you will need to be able to drive.
The salary will vary depending on experience and location. It tends to start at £16,000 and can rise up to £23,000 with experience although there will be a London weighting in you live in the capital or the surrounding area. With more training you could progress to other health care roles or management positions which will pay more money. You may also get more money if you do private work compared to working for the NHS, but this may not always be the case.