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The health care assistant will deliver care in accordance with national and local priorities, Trust Policies, procedures and guidelines in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Job details
Posting date: 20 June 2024
Salary: £23,100 to £24,675 per year
Additional salary information: £23100 – £24675 a year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 07 July 2024
Location: Camberley, GU16 7ER
Company: NHS Jobs
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: E0279-24-1314

Main duties of the job

This list is intended to summarise the key responsibilities and is not intended to cover every task that may be required of the role: –

  • The health care assistant will assist in providing nursing care as delegated by the District Nurse within patients homes.
  • Help maintain knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to deliver a quality service that is responsive to the changing needs of patients.
  • You will provide clerical and administrative support to the team as delegated by the District Nurse / Team Leader
  • The Health care assistant will contribute towards delivering care in accordance with Organisation Policies, procedures and guidelines, according to competencies, as delegated by the District Nurse.
  • The Health care assistant will report any changes in condition of the patient to the District Nurse / Team Leader or in their absence the designated nurse in charge of the caseload.
  • Document accurate and concise information on all care given to patients in the community health records.
  • The Health care assistant should be be aware of the Data Protection Act, and follow local codes of practice to ensure appropriate action is taken to safeguard confidential information.
  • Help assist with continence re-assessments, following agreed training in competencies, reporting to the nurse in charge any changes in care packages required.
  • You will carry out phlebotomy in clinical settings and patients own homes following training in accordance with Organization Policy.
  • Assist the RN in the technical aspects of nursing care e.g Dressings, glucose monitoring etc. following a period of training and when deemed competent to do so.

 

About us

About the Company

We change lives by transforming health and care.

Established in 2006, we are one of the UKs leading independent providers of community health and care services, working with health and care commissioners and communities to transform services with a focus on experience, efficiency and improved outcomes. We deliver and transform adult and children community health services, primary care services including urgent care, sexual health, dermatology and MSK services as well as adult social care and wellbeing services.Across England, we support communities of many millions and directly help more than half a million people each year – guided by our simple values: we care, we think, we do.

Were committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from a broad, diverse range of people who want to join our team. Were a Disability Confident Committed company, so we work to provide facilities, work environment adjustments and technical solutions to be as inclusive of everyone.

While it doesnt happen often, sometimes a role is very popular, and well need to close it earlier than the date weve shown here. If youre keen to join our team, wed love to hear from you so please apply as soon as you can.

To find out more about HCRG Care Group, please visit https://www.hcrgcaregroup.com/about-us-2

 

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Health Care Assistant, you will be part of our valued team in our Surrey Team

You will feel valued as a Health Care Assistant within HCRG Care Group, receiving access to exclusive rewards and benefits including:

  • £23,100 – £24,675with access to our group pension
  • Free tea and coffee at your base location
  • Membership of My Reward Hub, giving you access to discounts on every day purchases like grocery shopping as well as cashback and voucher offers for treats for you and those special to you
  • Access to your wages as you earn them to help cover lifes emergencies and avoid overdraft fees or high interest rates
  • Online and face to face help with your mental and physical wellbeing from healthy recipes and activity challenges through to post trauma support, legal, debt and life management help, as well career coaching and counselling
  • Access to eLearning, bespoke career pathways and opportunities for continuing professional development through our Outstanding learning and development team, The Learning Enterprise
  • An open, just culture where youre encouraged to have and implement ideas which can help us deliver our purpose: changing lives through transforming health and care backed up by at least £100,000 of ringfenced innovation funding each year

 

The Ideal CandidateEssential

Education, Training & Qualifications

  • NVQ level 2 (care)

Skills and Abilities

  • Standard keyboarding skills
  • Ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to undertake training as appropriate to the post

Experience

  • Previous community experience

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Interest in working in community nursing
  • Knowledge of community practice to include venepuncture, monitoring blood glucose, care of catheters, stoma and simple wounds

Emotional Effort

  • Able to cope with occasional exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances; frequent care of the terminally ill/ chronically sick or disabled patients

Personal Qualities/Other

  • Ability to travel across bases and patients homes and a car driver
  • Flexible and adaptable

Desirable

  • NVQ Level 3

 

Person Specification

General Requirements

Essential

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Desirable

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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.

 

Conquer Your Healthcare Assistant Interview: A Complete Preparation Guide

Are you feeling the pre-interview jitters for your healthcare assistant (HCA) position? With thorough preparation, you can confidently showcase your skills and compassion to potential employers. This comprehensive guide provides a breakdown of common interview questions, expert advice, and valuable tips to help you excel.

Common Healthcare Assistant Interview Questions:

  1. Why have you chosen to pursue a career as a healthcare assistant?

    • Share personal experiences or stories that ignited your passion for healthcare.
    • Highlight your empathy, desire to make a positive impact, and the personal fulfillment you find in supporting the well-being of others.
  2. What are your greatest strengths and areas for improvement as a healthcare assistant?

    • Strengths: Focus on relevant skills such as compassion, effective communication, teamwork, attention to detail, patience, cultural sensitivity, and adaptability.
    • Areas for Improvement: Be candid about areas you’re actively working on developing. Explain the strategies you’re using to enhance your skills, demonstrating a commitment to growth.
  3. Describe a challenging situation you faced in a healthcare or similar setting, and how you navigated it.

    • Select a specific example that showcases your problem-solving skills, ability to remain calm under pressure, and your dedication to patient care.
    • Emphasize the positive outcome you achieved through your actions.
  4. How do you effectively manage stress and maintain your well-being while working as a healthcare assistant?

    • Acknowledge the demanding nature of healthcare. Share the healthy coping mechanisms you employ:
      • Exercise, mindfulness practices, hobbies, seeking support from colleagues or mentors, maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  5. Share your experience as a healthcare assistant with personal care, medication administration, and infection control.

    • Provide specific examples of your hands-on skills and knowledge.
    • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of safety protocols, proper procedures, and the importance of adhering to guidelines.
  6. How do you build rapport and establish trust with patients and their families?

    • Explain your approach to active listening, effective communication, and showing empathy.
    • Share examples of how you’ve successfully built positive relationships with patients from diverse backgrounds.
  7. What are your long-term career goals in the healthcare field?

    • Discuss your aspirations, whether it’s specializing in a certain area, pursuing further education, or advancing into leadership roles within the healthcare team.
    • Explain how the HCA position aligns with your overall career trajectory.
  8. How do you prioritize tasks and manage time efficiently, especially during busy shifts?

    • Describe your organizational methods, such as using prioritized to-do lists, delegating when appropriate, and remaining flexible to adapt to changing situations.
    • Highlight your ability to remain calm, focused, and efficient under pressure.

Additional Tips for a Successful Interview:

  • Research: Learn about the employer’s values, patient demographics, and the specific department you’re applying to.
  • Dress Professionally: Make a positive first impression.
  • Project Confidence and Enthusiasm: Convey your passion for healthcare.
  • Ask Thoughtful Questions: Show your engagement and interest in the role and the organization.

Example Questions You Can Ask the Interviewer:

  • “Could you describe a typical day for a healthcare assistant in this department?”
  • “What professional development and training opportunities are available for HCAs within the organization?”
  • “How does the team collaborate to provide patient-centered care?”
  • “What are the biggest challenges healthcare assistants face in this setting, and how does your team address them?”

By thoroughly preparing for these questions and demonstrating your passion for healthcare, you can confidently approach your Health Care Assistant interview and increase your chances of securing a  position.

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