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Senior Health Care Assistant

Job Description

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services and community health services across Wiltshire. We have approximately 5,200 staff who pride themselves in delivering an outstanding service to patients and users.

Exciting opportunities have arisen for a Senior Healthcare Assistant within our busy team of intermediate care nurses. This is a rewarding role where you will be responsible for providing health services to patients prior to their returning to their home in the community.

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic experienced healthcare assistant and to be successful, you will need to be competent in the following skills:

  • Measuring and recording and monitoring weight and vital signs including ECG monitoring
  • Collecting specimens of body fluids and wound swabs
  • Recording Patient information
  • Assisting Patients into and out of bed/chair and walking
  • Catheter insertion, removal and clearing blockages
  • Basic wound care management experience
  • Assist in Care Planning
  • Venepuncture and Cannulation
  • Awareness of Pressure ulcers
  • Awareness of Bowel care
  • How to manage falls prevention
  • Observation skills (basic level)
  • Computer literate

Candidates who do not have some of the above skills will receive appropriate training to enable them to deliver the full range of services.

Our Intermediate Care service operates 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For further information regarding this opportunity please contact Antoine Shardan on  ( Phone number removed )  or Ernie Sevilla on  ( Phone number removed ) .

For any recruitment queries please contact the Recruitment Team on  ( Phone number removed ) 

Please note this vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, so please apply as soon as possible if interested. We will endeavour to contact all applicants within four weeks, but if you do not hear from us, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful this time.

All new starters with the Trust will be subject to a six month probationary period. The probationary period works alongside the induction process to help create a positive and supportive working environment that allows new staff to learn the key elements of the role within a reasonable and realistic timescale.

Current employees should be aware that this position is advertised as a GWH position and appointment ends any TUPE protection.

All candidates that are offered a position after the 1st July 2016 will be required to pay for their own DBS checks if one is required for the post they are offered. For standard DBS checks the cost is £26 and will recovered from the first months pay; for enhanced DBS checks the cost is £44 and will be split over the first 2 months pay. (£22 each month)

If you are offered a bank post that requires a DBS you will need to pay for this prior to commencing.

GWH NHS Foundation Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The organization is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team.

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