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What does a nursing support worker role involve?

In education, community and acute care, these staff make a vital contribution to the team

Whether in education, community or acute care, these staff make a vital contribution to the team

Helping out at a friend’s nursing home inspired Dennis Greer to have a major rethink about his career, giving up hairdressing after almost 20 years to retrain as a healthcare support worker.

‘That’s where it all started. I really enjoyed the caring aspect and felt I’d found my calling,’ says Mr Greer. He joined the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast in 2000 and completed national vocational qualifications (NVQs) at levels two and three.

Growing range of responsibilities

After moving to Omagh, he took up a post in a local health centre as a senior nursing assistant. Four years ago, in his role

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