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The Health Care Assistant Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Health care Assistants to join the Older People and Adult Community (OPAC) Intermediate Care Unit based in Peterborough.

Intermediate Care Unit is currently a 34 bedded inpatient rehabilitation unit.

Our unit is a joint Nurse/Therapy led facility. We have visiting Consultants and daily GP support. We provide short term rehabilitation for individuals from the age of 18 years who have had a change to their physical health. This may be due to an exacerbation of a pre-existing medical condition, an overall general deterioration in their abilities or acute cause.


Main duties of the job

Main duties will include the delivery of direct patient care, following our Trust policies and procedures, being responsive and respectful to patients, their families and colleagues needs.

To observe and report to a registered member of the team, any changes which may indicate an alteration in the general well being and safety of a patients. This includes observations on patient’s clinical condition. To be aware of own limitations and when to seek support and guidance.

To provide patients with personal care as required and demonstrate empathy, dignity, respect, and compassion at all times.

To be an active team player and work with patients, families and members of the wider multi-disciplinary team


About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Regrettably, we cannot offer sponsorship for all our job roles. If you apply for a role that we cannot offer sponsorship for, unfortunately, your application form will be rejected from the process.

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at


Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

As a healthcare assistant you will make a positive impact on people’s lives. This is a fundamentally person-centred role, involving forming professional relationships with our service users and patients with a focus on supporting their personal, physical and mental wellbeing, and improving their lives under the direction of a registered practitioner. You will be required to:

  • Work on the wards to provide care for adults with physical and / or mental health challenges.
  • To contribute to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care.
  • Support service users to overcome barriers they experience because of their mental or physical health.
  • Work closely with nurses and other practitioners to provide a therapeutic programme of rehabilitation.
  • The Health Care Assistant will report on service users’ conditions to nurses and other practitioners.
  • Provide information to service users using persuasion, reassurance, tact, and empathy.
  • The Health Care Assistant will provide the necessary physical care to service users to help them complete daily living activities, i.e. personal hygiene, diet and fluid intake, clothing and laundry, personal environment, elimination, maintaining rest and sleep and activity, physical observations, whilst demonstrating empathy, dignity, respect and compassion.
  • To undertake prescribed physical observations as follows: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height and report results to the nurse in charge.
  • To provide social activities, emotional support and stability to service users to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Empower service users by ensuring that they receive relevant information about their treatment, medication, available services, advocacy services, ward routines and safety procedures under the guidance of a registered nurse.
  • The Health Care Assistant will  understand the importance of the relatives/carer’s contribution to care and
  • Conversing with the service users and their relatives/carers, establishing their needs and assisting them as necessary.
  • Ensuring that any entries made by the post holder in the nursing notes are current, relevant and accurate, and the content will then be reported & counter signed by the registered nurse or relevant professional.
  • The Health Care Assistant will  provide escort duties to the service user under the direction of the nurse in charge.
  • The Health Care Assistant will  undertake full rotational shift pattern to include earlies, lates and night shifts.

Responsible for following and adhering to CPFT guidelines including, but not limited to infection control, health and safety etc.

*DVLA have a number of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website


Person Specification



  • NVQ Level 2 in Health & Social Care; or Care Certificate plus experience as a Healthcare Support Worker; or Experience of working as a Healthcare Support Worker



  • Experience of working as part of a team


  • Active participant for working within MDT

Skills and abilities


  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • IT literacy using Microsoft Office
  • Motivated to provide exceptional care.

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to carry out physical interventions.
  • Physically able to undertake a demanding role safely, as and when required.

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).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

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