What does a Patient Care do?

Patient care professionals perform a range of support tasks to assist in the care of patients in a medical setting. These tasks include providing direct patient care or assisting with treatment procedures. They also help with basic daily patient needs such as meals and grooming. They support nurses and other staff in completing routine tasks. They may be responsible for clerical duties and may also perform some light housekeeping or maintenance tasks. Their role may also involve record-keeping and maintaining or organizing patient-related data and documents.

Patient care professionals have at least a high school diploma, and ideally have some experience in a healthcare support role. Depending on the specific position and location, there may be licensing or certification requirements. They must be organized and detail oriented. These roles require patience and good patient relations skills.

What responsibilities are common for Patient Care jobs?
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient and unit care data.
  • Utilize patient communication boards and update each shift.
  • Stock linen and supplies in patient holding as needed.
  • Ensure collection of lab specimens by appropriate lab courier.
  • Work independently, be self-directed and contribute as a member of a team.
  • Help to ensure that follow-up to patient requests is timely.
  • Assist patients with tending to personal care and activities of daily living.
  • Perform clerical duties relating to patient admission, discharge and transfer.
  • Submit timely, complete, legible and accurate documentation as required.
  • Serve and collect food trays and feed patients requiring help.
  • Assist with orientation and training of new department staff.
  • Ensure personal hygiene and comfort care is delivered to all patients.
  • Assist physicians in obtaining reports from lab, radiology, etc.
  • Standing for long periods of time (8 to 12 hours).
  • Fulfill all compliance responsibilities related to the position.
  • Change bed linens, run errands, direct visitors, and answer telephone.
  • Deal effectively with patients, visitors, situations, and other care team members, while maintaining emotional control.
  • Communicate with food services to ensure appropriate patient diets.
  • Provide clerical and secretarial services to the nursing unit.
What are the typical qualifications for Patient Care jobs?
  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in nursing or business administration or GED/High School Degree and equivalent experience.
  • Can collaborate using professionalism and leadership.
  • A critical thinker who strives for continuous improvement.
  • Can assist patients with life skills such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and grooming.
  • Fluent in HIPAA procedure and protocols.
  • Sound professionalism and time management skills.
  • Comfortable with procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation and ultrafiltration.
  • Can adhere to writing protocols and send information such as PDFs, emails, and other correspondence to patients.
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Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Patient Care Salaries

Average Base Pay

£21,460 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£17K
Median: £21K
£27K
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Patient Care Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
16%
2 - 4
12%
5 - 7
3%
8+
69%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Patient Care Insights

Read what Patient Care professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Lake Hills OrthodonticsLake Hills Orthodontics
Treatment Coordinator
27 Sept 2021

“This is a fun and rewarding work environment where I always felt comfortable and respected.”

Mount Sinai Health SystemMount Sinai Health System
Patient Care Technician
6 Dec 2021

“Salary is not competitive starting salary is 22 an hour that is it and the demands increases”

Elite Body SculptureElite Body Sculpture
Regional Patient Care Consultant
26 Apr 2021

“I have been working with Elite Body Sculpture since 2016 and I have nothing but great things to say.”

Aveanna HealthcareAveanna Healthcare
Respite Care Provider
27 Apr 2021

“Find great clients and develop good relationships with them and you'll love your job.”

Western Dental ServicesWestern Dental Services
Patient Care Coordinator
22 May 2022

“I was able to work with some great doctors and get to learn more about a doctors perspective.”

Children's HealthChildren's Health
Patient Care Technician
9 Aug 2021

“Great work experience for entry into hospital systems I really love my job and everyone I work with.”

Britely Dentures + ImplantsBritely Dentures + Implants
Treatment Coordinator
29 Mar 2022

“I did such a good job and took the position and she got me fired two weeks later.”

Northside HospitalNorthside Hospital
Patient Care Technician
15 Sept 2021

“I love the staff and especially my unit this is definitely the best hospital I have worked at by far.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Patient Care

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