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This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Health Care Assistant to join our well established nursing team. You will be working in our busy, friendly East Northants practice.



Main duties of the job

General treatment room duties including dressings, ECGs, ear irrigation, assisting with minor surgical procedures.


About us

We are a well respected practice with over 13,500 patients, using EMIS Web. Focusing on patient centred care, our team of 6 GPs, 5 Nurse Practitioners, 6 Treatment Room Nurses and 1 Health Care Practitioner is supported by our experienced team of administrators.


Job description

Job responsibilities

The following are the core responsibilities of the healthcare assistant. There may be on occasion, a requirement to carry out other tasks; this will be dependent upon factors such as workload and staffing levels:

– Undertake wound care, cleansing, irrigating and assessing wounds, applying a variety of dressings using appropriate techniques.

– Removal of staples and sutures

– Undertake new patient health checks

– Carry out baseline observations recording findings accurately

– Facilitate routine and 24-hour BP monitoring, advising patients accordingly

– Support the practice nurse with the management of chronic disease clinics

– Carry out BMI checks as directed

– Act as a chaperone as required

– Administer vaccinations under appropriate PSD (vaccination training can be provided)

– Carry out ear irrigation

– Carry out ECGs as requested

– Ensure specimens are recorded and ready for onward transportation

– Provide support during minor operations as required

– Ensure all clinical rooms are adequately stocked and prepared for each session

– Ensure fridges are cleaned routinely in accordance with infection control protocol

– Ensure clinical waste is removed from clinical areas and sharps bins replaced in accordance with the practice IPC policy

– Deliver opportunistic health promotion where appropriate


Secondary Responsibilities

In addition to the primary responsibilities, the healthcare assistant may be requested to:

– Participate in practice audit as directed

– Participate in local initiatives to enhance service delivery and patient care

– Support and participate in shared learning within the practice

– Complete opening and closing procedures in accordance with the duty rota


Person Specification



  • Healthcare qualification (level 3 or 4)
  • Wound care
  • Experience of working in a primary care or healthcare environment
  • Experience of working with the general public


  • Experience of accurately recording clinical notes using EMIS Web.
  • Competent in administering vaccinations

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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