Definition of a healthcare worker

A healthcare worker is anyone who works in a healthcare or social care setting, including healthcare students on clinical placement, frontline healthcare workers and other healthcare 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, 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: 24 May 2021