We always go the extra mile for our patients, if you do too, please join us……

Tarporley War Memorial Hospital is dedicated to the wellbeing of the village communites it serves.  We understand that each patient and their loved ones are all unique individuals, and therefore our journey with them is all the more special. Above all we are about being the HEART of the Community. At Tarporley 100% of our team have said that the care of our patients in the hospital is our top priority, and that is why 100% of our team would recommend the Hospital as a place to work.

We are looking for Health Care Assistants who are highly motivated, professional individuals to join our clinical team. We are a small, friendly nurse-led unit, which provides care for up to 16 in-patients, specialising in the rehabilitation of the older person, intermediate care, respite, and supporting terminally ill and palliative patients. We are looking to expand our existing services within our out-patient setting, which offers wound assessment clinics, minor injuries amongst other GP led clinics and our Ultrasound service. We currently have opportunities available for full-time, part-time, and bank staff working various shift patterns to include 12 hour shifts, rotating days/nights.

Come and enjoy working in an atmosphere that is conducive to providing a quiet, calm and compassionate care. Dependent on experience we can offer a salary ranging from £15,404 – £18,157 with pay award pending, and enhanced payments for weekends, nights and bank holidays. We can offer current NHS staff continuation of pension, comparative annual leave allowance linked to long service, ongoing supervision, and continued Professional Development. We are also able to offer free uniform and free parking.

We are now in our Centenary year and are looking for someone who is willing to make their mark, in our team, our history and as our lasting legacy.

If you think you are now ready for a change from the hustle and bustle of the acute sector, and are looking for somewhere to deliver that care you strive to give, in the comfort of a permanent setting and not having to be transferred from ward to ward then Tarporley is the place for you. For an informal chat or to arrange a visit, please contact the Hospital Matron on 01829 732436.

Interview date:  To be confirmed.

PLEASE NOTE:  Previous Applicants need not apply

 

Job Description

 

Job Information
  Job Title: Health Care Assistant
  Pay Scale £15,404.00 – £18,157.00
  Accountable to: Hospital Matron
  Reports to: Hospital Sister
  Base Location: Tarporley War Memorial Hospital

 

 Job Summary
 

To work with and support all members of the clinical team within the Multi-Disciplinary framework. To contribute to the provision of nursing care, that is of a high quality standard. Some duties will be performed autonomously at the discretion of Qualified Nursing Staff. The individual must maintain confidentiality at all times. They must be aware of the Hospital policies and adhere to them and all relevant standard operational procedures.

 Key responsibilities

 The post holder will:

Be responsible for the care that they deliver, but will also be responsible to their Registered Nurse colleagues, who are ultimately accountable for the delivery of nursing care.

Be responsible for performing duties as delegated by their Registered Nurse colleagues, but being mindful of their own skills and competencies

Accurately and concisely record the care they have given to their patients and report all care to their Registered Nurse colleagues. They will also escalate any observed changes in a patient’s clinical condition that may give cause for concern.

 

Co-operate with and maintain excellent communication and working relationships with other Allied Health Professionals who are attending and treating patients to maximise their care.

 

Develop and maintain professional relationships, using an empathic approach to patient’s relatives and carers. This will include referring them to a qualified nurse, for any questions they may have on the patient’s condition or for any suggestions or concerns that they may wish to raise.

 

Clinical Governance / Quality

 

The post holder will actively support the Hospital’s Clinical Governance agenda. They will participate in achieving the satisfactory completion of the Care Quality Commission’s action plan. The individual will adhere to and support the Hospital’s mission statement and embrace the Hospital’s vision and values.

 Education and training development
 

The post holder will ensure that they complete their mandatory training within the stated timescales. The individual will be responsible for developing their own skills and knowledge as identified in their appraisal. They must attend any educational and training sessions as deemed appropriate by their line manager.

 Equality and Diversity
 

It is the responsibility of every member of staff to understand our equality and diversity commitments and statutory obligations, and to:

 

Act in ways that support equality and diversity and recognises the importance of people’s rights in accordance with legislation, policies, procedures and good practice.

 

Valuing people as individuals and treating everyone with dignity and respect, consideration and without prejudice, respecting diversity and recognising peoples expressed beliefs, preferences and choices in working with others and delivering appropriate services.

 

  • Recognise and report behaviour that undermines equality under the hospital policy.

 

  • Be consciously aware of own behaviour and encourage the same levels of behaviour in colleagues.

 

  • Acknowledge others’ different perspectives and recognise the diverse needs and experiences of everyone they come into contact with.

 

  • With the support of managers create an environment that embraces equality and diversity. This will be achieved completing mandatory training and keeping up to date with changes in statutory and legal legislations.
 Infection Prevention & Control
 

All staff will adhere to infection control policies and procedures at all times and carry out role specific duties as per identified roles and responsibilities.

 Confidentiality
 

Confidentiality/Data Protection regarding all personal information must be maintained at all times (both in and out of working hours).  All staff should ensure that they are familiar with and adhere to all Hospital privacy, confidentiality and security policies and procedures.  Any breach of confidentiality will be taken seriously and appropriate disciplinary action taken.

 Freedom of Information
 

In accordance with Freedom of Information and other associated legislation, the Hospital may be required to make public recorded information available upon a request, or do this as part of a publication scheme.  Please note, that in your public role, your name or job role may be contained in a document that is published in accordance with such legislation.

 Management of Risk & Health and Safety
 

All employees have a duty to take reasonable care to avoid injury to themselves or to others and to co-operate with the Hospital in meeting its statutory requirements.

All employees will proactively contribute to the management of risk by identifying hazards in the workplace which have the potential to cause harm, raising issues of concern and risk to the appropriate level.  The individual must adhere to the incident reporting policy. They must be aware of and trained in the use of any equipment utilised within the clinical areas. This will include the reporting of any faults that are found, immediately to the senior member of staff on duty.

 Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
 

All Hospital employees are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards the health and well being of children and vulnerable adults.  Familiarisation with and adherence to Hospital’s Safeguarding policies is an essential requirement of all employees, as is participation and completion of related mandatory/statutory training.

 IT Skills
 

All staff are expected to have or to gain a minimum of basic level IT skills to enable them to use the Hospital’s IT systems to support Hospital’s services and needs.  All staff should be familiar with relevant IT systems and security policies and procedures.

 Records Management
 

All staff are personally responsible for record keeping.  A record is anything that contains information in any medium e.g. paper, tapes, computer information, etc. which have been created or gathered as a result of any Hospital activity.  All individuals within the Hospital are responsible for any records they create or use. The individuals must ensure that records are retained in accordance with the Records Management Policy and are stored in a manner that allows them to be easily located in the event of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

 Information Quality
 

All staff must ensure complete and accurate data is collected to the highest standard at all times. Data collection should be supported by adequate documentation and processes should be regularly reviewed. Staff should ensure that processes conform to national standards and are fit for purpose.  All staff should comply with the Information Quality Policy.

 Professional Responsibility
 

All staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and must not behave in a manner that could damage the reputation of the hospital.  All staff must act always in accordance with Tarporley War Memorial’s Health Care Assistant Code of Conduct.  Staff will identify objectives within an appraisal/supervision that supports the delivery of high standards of clinical care.

 Clinical Responsibility
 

The post holder will:

 

Contribute to keeping the clinical area areas clean and tidy, and maintaining a safe environment.

 

To make patients welcome to the clinical areas and participate in the admission process under the supervision of the qualified staff.

 

To assist patient in the activities of daily living and maintain a high standard of care.

 

To aid patient comfort, reposition regularly, ensuring they are pain free and assisting in the prevention of tissue breakdown.

 

To assist the patient in meeting their dietary requirements. This will include in preparing them for their meals, assisting with feeding when required and ensuring accurate recording of fluid and food intake. The post holder will also report any dietary concerns of a patient to their qualified colleague, e.g. swallowing difficulties, mouth soreness, difficulty in using utensils, etc.

 

To assist in the toileting of patients, including the management of urinary catheters and stomas. This will also include the accurate monitoring of such on fluid balance charts.

 

To collect specimens, correctly label and dispatch promptly for investigations.

 

To assist in the preparation of patients and equipment for treatment, investigations or procedures as directed by a qualified colleague.

 

To obtain and record vital signs observations of temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate, pulse oximetry, weight and routine urine testing. This will include the reporting of any abnormal readings to a qualified colleague.

To assist in the mobilisation of patients under the direction of the therapists and qualified colleagues.

 

To assist in the performing of Care after Death procedures under the direction of a qualified colleague.

 Administration Responsibility
 

All staff will ensure good housekeeping, ensuring a provision of a safe environment. They will contribute to ensuring the safe filing of patients’ records adhering to the Hospital’s policies and procedures. Staff will also answer telephone calls in a professional and courteous manner, relaying information accurately to colleagues.

Human Resource
 Staff will be flexible in their working hours in an attempt to meet service needs and demands of the hospital. All staff will be familiar with rostering procedures and will be responsible for ensuring they manage their own holiday entitlement within the calendar year. All staff will be familiar with any absence reporting and monitoring and recognise their role and responsibility in accordance with the Hospital’s policy.

All staff will familiarise themselves and adhere to the Hospital’s policies, these include, Human Resource, Clinical and Governance policies.

 Financial Responsibility
 

All staff must utilise all resources effectively, be aware of the importance of cost effectiveness and ensure reduction in resource wastage.

 Change of Job Description
 

The duties outlined above are not intended to be exhaustive and may change as the needs of the department alter in line with current agendas.  This job description will be subject to periodic review and amendment in accordance with the needs of the Hospital.

 

Person Specification

 

Job Title: Health Care Assistant

 

Person Specification      
  Qualifications Essential Desirable Assessment
1 National Vocational Qualification Level 2   Yes  
2  Health and Social Care Certificate   Yes  
         
  Experience Essential Desirable Assessment
3 Working within a Caring Environment   Yes  
4 Working within a Community Setting   Yes  
5 Working within a public or Social Setting   Yes  
6 Of Record keeping   Yes  
7 Of Palliative/End of Life Care   Yes  
         
  Knowledge Essential Desirable Assessment
8 Awareness of Current Health Care trends and Challenges Yes    
9 Awareness of Health and Healthy lifestyles Promotion   Yes  
10 Awareness of Safeguarding of Adults and Children   Yes  
         
  Skills Essential Desirable Assessment
11 Excellent communication skills Yes    
12 English Language and Numeracy skills Yes    
13 Basic  Computer skills   Yes  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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