Job description for a support worker in the NHS

Updated July 19, 2017

The National Health Service (NHS), the world's largest publicly funded health service, is available free to all residents of the United Kingdom. The NHS employs 1.7 million people; many of these workers are support staff for doctors, nurses and scientists.

Laboratory duties

A clinical support worker who is employed in a lab will support biomedical scientists. According to NHS Careers, some of these duties can include making up chemical solutions, using computers to analyse data, labelling and sorting tissue samples, disposing of chemical or biological waste and maintaining stocks or consumable items. They may also work in the areas of histology, biochemistry and immunology.

Clinic duties

If a support worker is employed in a clinic, he or she may assist with drawing blood or work with scientists on various projects to understand the human body.


Generally, training for a support worker is done on the job. Training is generalised to start and then moves into specifics, once the employee is given individualised training.

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