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Healthcare Assistant

Job Description

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of health and social care services across Northamptonshire. These include mental health, learning disability, sexual health, district nursing, health visiting, palliative care and a wide range of community-based services. In July 2011, we took on most of the services previously by provided by Northamptonshire provider services, making us the largest NHS employer in Northamptonshire.

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of patient safety, quality outcomes and patient experience. We employ and seek highly-motivated staff, whose local experience and skills provide the bedrock for service transformation and excellent, patient-centred care. Our vision is to deliver outstanding and innovative health and social care services in which our communities have confidence. To achieve this, our services will become more flexible and responsive to the needs of local people and shift closer to where our patients live, with prevention, quality and easy access given high priority. Applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to these principles.

We offer excellent working conditions including a contributory pension scheme and a wide range of family friendly polices and flexible working practices. We are actively committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We view lifelong learning and personal development as vital to both our staff and Trust’s progression, and continue to invest significantly through internal and external courses.

From April 1st 2013 a charge will be applied to all Disclosure and Barring Service Application Forms (formerly CRB). There is no charge for Disclosure and Barring Service Application Forms for volunteers, this remains unchanged.

Health Care Assistant

We are currently seeking to recruit motivated and experienced Health Care Assistants to work on a busy medical rehabilitation unit based at Isebrook Hospital in Wellingborough.

Beechwood is a 15 bedded unit which offers facilities for young adults requiring ongoing treatment for a variety of illnesses which includes neurological conditions such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, spinal disease, and acute brain injury. Patients are often admitted with severe impairment and our main objective is to provide a treatment plan which will enable them to return to as normal functioning as possible in a positive and friendly environment.

If you are caring and enthusiastic then this could be the job for you! Beechwood offers a supportive working environment with a newly established team who are dedicated to ensuring patients receive the best care possible.It is essential that you have good communication and team working skills and knowledge of rehabilitation would be a benefit.

All staff are required to work internal rotation and cover a 24/ 7 service. The current shift pattern is: Early (AM) 0730-1530, Late (PM) 1300 – 2100 and Nights 2045 – 0745.

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust (NHFT) is proud to announce the implementation of a specific Non-Registered Staff Induction program. From April 1st 2015 to reflect national changes in the way staff employed within bands 1-4 clinical posts, NHFT has committed to providing on-going investment into the induction and continued professional development of all new and existing staff employed within these valuable roles.

The new Non-Registered Staff Induction program includes the Care Certificate which provides clear evidence to employers, patients and people who receive care and support that the health or social care support worker in front of them has been assessed against a specific set of standards and has demonstrated they have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to ensure that they provide compassionate and high quality care and support. All staff attending the induction programme will be supported for a period of up to twelve weeks to complete both the knowledge and practical observations required to meet the specified criteria, contained within the Care Certificate framework. Staff will initially commence in roles supported by allocated supervisors from the clinical environment, and a dedicated Care Certificate Assessor who will maintain contact throughout the induction period completing practical observations whilst providing on-going support to complete the induction programme.

If you require further information or would like to arrange an informal visit please contact Vanessa Cross  ( Phone number removed ) .

We are proud to share that we are a Living Wage Employer, which means that we pay no less than the cost of living and we voluntarily pay the living wage to our employees. Any member of staff appointed at Band 1 & 2 will receive a minimum starting salary of £15,363 per annum, pro rata.

We welcome applications from people, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy or maternity status.

We would encourage applications from groups who are currently underrepresented in the organisation. In particular, applications from disabled people (with both visible and non-visible disabilities), people from black and minority ethnic communities and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) people.

NHFT is committed to building a diverse workforce, ensuring staff are treated fairly at work and ensuring all staff have the learning and development they need on equality in order to undertake their job role.

We aim to use monitoring information provided by our staff and by job applicants to ensure that we do not discriminate in employment and to use this information to plan any Positive Action to address inequality.

NHFT supports three staff equality networks to help us to develop our equality practice, as well as providing peer support for staff. These are:

  • NHFT Staff Disability & Allies Network

  • NHFT BME Staff Development Network

  • NHFT LGBT & Allies Network

In addition to the position offered, please be advised that you will automatically be enrolled onto our Staff Bank and will hold an additional assignment as a bank worker. The offer of a Bank assignment will allow you to work additional hours on your own unit, and also the opportunity to undertake work flexibly across others areas of the Trust as and when it is available, and subject to the required grade and training requirements.

Preference will be given in the first instance to 'at risk' employees within Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and those 'at risk' within the East Midlands Healthcare Community.

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust operates a smoke free policy. Therefore smoking is not allowed in or on any of the Trust's grounds or premises or in any Trust owned or leased pool vehicle. Those seeking, considering or accepting employment should be aware that it will not be possible to smoke throughout working hours.

In line with Section 8 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, all shortlisted candidates will be required to produce original documentation proving their entitlement to work within the United Kingdom during a face to face meeting. The Trust reserves the right to obtain further verification from the Border & Immigration Agency - Employer Checking Service.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CORRESPONDENCE FOLLOWING YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE MADE VIA YOUR NHS JOBS ACCOUNT. If you do not hear from us by four weeks after the closing date then you may assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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