Definition of a health & care worker

A health & care worker is anyone who works in a healthcare or social care setting, including healthcare & care students on clinical placement, frontline healthcare & care workers and other healthcare or care workers not in direct patient contact.

These settings include, but are not limited to, state-funded and private organisations providing services in the following areas: disability, older persons & working age adult care settings, nursing homes, acute and non-acute hospitals, community hospitals, mental health, social inclusion, palliative care, chronic illness, primary care (GP, dental, pharmacies, physiotherapy clinics), health and well-being, hospice, rehabilitation, home care, paramedics, and community services (e.g. youth, substance abuse, suicide prevention, community development).

Last updated: 11 May 2023