Starting your career
Choosing subjects at school
To become a laundry assistant, you need a good standard of education. There are no entry requirements, but useful subjects include:
If you’re at school or thinking of changing career, doing a work placement could help you when applying to college, university or for a job in healthcare. You’ll learn new skills, improve your knowledge and discover what it’s like to work in the health service. Find out how to apply for work experience with the NHS. It would be helpful to have some experience in linen or laundry work.
An apprenticeship is a good way to start your career in healthcare.
If you are interested in working in a healthcare support role, there is the Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support.
All Healthcare Support modern apprentices study the three mandatory units of communication, health and safety, and learning development. For laundry assistant, you will then choose your remaining units from the non-clinical pathway options.
Other relevant Modern Apprenticeships include:
Find out more about apprenticeships at apprenticeships.scot.
You will be responsible for minimising the risk of infection. You will be part of a team that can be working in a central laundry or on a hospital site. You may assist with transportation of laundry to the wards. You must make sure laundry is clean, as soiled linen is separated to prevent the risk of infection.
What you’ll do
Your main tasks include:
- transporting clothing or linen from wards and other patient areas
- delivering clean linen to the wards
- sorting linen for cleaning or washing
- recording stock levels
- operating industrial washing and dry-cleaning equipment
- issue uniforms to staff
If you have experience of a sewing machine you may repair uniforms or add logos to uniforms.
You’ll need these skills:
- communicating with people
- working in a team
Who you’ll work with
You could work with:
- laundry supervisor
- laundry manager
You could work in:
- central laundry
- residential or care homes
To work as a laundry assistant in NHSScotland, you’ll need to:
Did you know?
NHSScotland laundries launder over 65 million articles per annum.
Learning and development
You will be encouraged to develop your career in NHSScotland and will be given training such as:
- an introduction to the department and its procedures
- health and safety
- risk management
- the linen services workbook provided by Health Facilities Scotland (HFS)
You may also have the chance to study for additional qualifications, including:
Gaining these new qualifications will help your career prosper. You’ll be able to apply to more senior roles, and progress to laundry supervisor or manager. You may also wish to move into other areas like facilities management.