Health Care Support Worker Role

HCSWs are part of the Government of British Columbia's Health Career Access Program (HCAP). HCAP provides an opportunity for individuals to begin employment in a non-direct care role (the Health Care Support Worker, or HCSW), while taking part in a Health Care Assistant (HCA) education program delivered through an acknowledged post-secondary institution.

HCSWs promote and maintain the health, safety, independence, comfort and well-being of clients/residents and their families. HCSWs provide non-direct and/or non-clinical support and services in a caring, respectful manner that recognizes and supports the unique needs, abilities, backgrounds and beliefs of clients/residents and their families. 

If you are interested in becoming an HCSW, refer to the BC government’s Work in the health care sector page.

Navigate to the page that applies to your role by clicking the links below:

Resources for Leaders


Resources for Peer Mentors

Resources for HCSWs

News & Events

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Island Health Magazine Spring 2021

Island Health magazine spring 2021 features articles on COVID-19 including a look back at the past year. Also included are articles on the health benefits of spending time in nature, memory loss and aging, and a moving article about one family’s journey with hospice care.

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Currents Winter 2021

Currents Winter 2021

Read vaccination stories, updates on the Cowichan District Hospital build and more, in the latest edition of Currents!

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B.C. Honours Excellence in Nursing

Several Island Health nurses have been honoured in this year's Nursing Awards of Excellence.

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