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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Healthcare assistant tojoin our friendly and dynamic team on Pelican Ward and Pelican Ambulatory.

Pelican Ward cares for children and young people with Dermatological (skin) and Rheumatological (joint and muscle) conditions. The ward also provides treatments for children with infectious diseases and some immunological disorders. Working with a number of specialities means that every day is different, and that there is lots of opportunity to learn new skills.

Pelican Ambulatory is a day care unit which cares for children and youngpeople within the same specialities but is open Monday to Friday only. TheHCA will be responsible for taking bloods, inserting peripheral cannulas and helping undertake patient assessments. The HCA will be a valued member of the team and support the overall running of the unit.

The successful candidate has the opportunity to work on both the ward and the day care unit, as the teams work closely together. This means that working patterns can be flexible and working patterns can be negotiated with the ward manager.

If you are currently competent in cannulation and venepuncture or would be interested in receiving training in this area of expertise, this role may be foryou.


Main duties of the job

o To be able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team. o To demonstrate effective communication skills. o To work within agreed ways of working, under indirect supervision of a registered health care professional (usually a Registered Nurse), following relevant standards, policies and protocols and always acting within the limits of your training and competence. o To exercise autonomy within your given area of responsibility, being accountable for your work and reviewing the effectiveness of your actions. o To demonstrate best practice and supervise others as required. o To follow and demonstrate the Trust Values, Expected Behaviours and Core Values of Compassion in Practice (NHS Commissioning Board Dec 2012), and adhere to the GOSH Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers (2013).


About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role; through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women’s staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust’s mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.


Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.


Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


  • Our Always values
  • Experience of working as part of a diverse team
  • Experience of contributing to an inclusive workplace culture.

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • GCSE (Grade 4 – 9) in English and Mathematics or Functional Skills level 2 pass in English and Mathematics or equivalent recognised qualification
  • NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care (e.g. University Certificate of Competence in Principles of Children & Young People Healthcare, advanced diploma, Higher apprenticeship Level 3) or Healthcare Support Worker Level 2
  • Care Certificate
  • Willingness to develop and undertake in-house study



  • Has the ability to recognise situations that require reporting and demonstrates the ability to escalate to a senior person where appropriate
  • Knowledge and understanding of the health service
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of child/young person and their families
  • Experience of contributing to an inclusive workplace culture
  • Able to provide essential care to patients as directed
  • Experience of working as part of a diverse team
  • Understanding of working with children/young people and their families who are critically or chronically ill
  • Demonstrable previous experience of providing direct patient care in a hospital or experience in caring for children/young people in a child/young person community healthcare/hospice setting
  • Previous experience of working with children/young people
  • Experience of working within a team


  • Previous experience in participating in audits, clinical trial programmes and training



  • Able to carry out administrative and clerical duties appropriate to their work area
  • Demonstrates a caring and compassionate approach to patients, families and colleagues
  • Able to organise and work autonomously
  • Work in a professional manner and in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support workers


  • Able to contribute to service improvement

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

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