Clinical support staff provide vital assistance to healthcare professionals in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients.
In some cases, they are involved in looking after the general well-being and comfort of patients. These are all responsible and rewarding roles with a direct impact on patients' lives. They also offer an ideal entry route to many NHS careers for people with commitment and enthusiasm rather than academic qualifications.
Clinical support staff work in a variety of settings, depending on their role, including:
Support workers may be given the opportunity to progress to more senior support roles, such as those at assistant practitioner level.
A range of therapy-related healthcare services are made available to NHS patients/service users. These services are provided by staff who are not regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and include staff providing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), social workers and nutritionists.