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Posting date: 12 June 2024
Salary: £22,816.00 to £24,336.00 per year
Additional salary information: £22816.00 – £24336.00 a year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 21 June 2024
Location: Birkenhead, CH42 0LQ
Company: NHS Jobs
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: C9844-24-0160

Health Care Assistant – Community Integrated Response Team/Home First

Do you want to help people in your local community regain their independence following accident or illness, and to be able to get the most from life?

Do you want to be part of a dynamic NHS team where no two days are the same, but every day brings rewards in terms of job satisfaction and team working?

Do you want flexibility with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge with opportunities for career development?

If you are enthusiastic and have experience in delivering care that helps someone become more independent, therapy or other care and want to make a positive difference to people’s lives in your local community, we want to hear from you!




Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Wirral’s Community Integrated Response Team, where you be supporting local people to remain independent in their own homes, helping them regain confidence and independence so they can reach their full potential.

About the Community Integrated Response Team (CIRT)

CIRT is an integrated team of clinical staff and professionals including Nurses Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers. The team have a strong focus on admission prevention and early supported discharged from Emergency Department and assessment areas. One of the fundamental principles of the Healthcare Assistant Role is to support and encourage our patients to become as independent as possible.

Care is provided to patients within their own homes and your daily tasks will be varied and include supporting people with activities of daily living, personal care, moving and handling, prompting medication, meal preparation and social care and support, working with therapists and social workers to make sure people are achieving their recovery goals.

As our patients need care every day, role holders work over a 7-day shift pattern, 8am – 10pm, Monday – Sunday. A full-time role is 37.5 hours per week, worked over various shift patterns and part time roles are also available.




About us

Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (WCHC) offers:

  • Supportive in-depth induction
  • Structured training
  • Support to complete the NHS Care Certificate
  • Opportunities to develop and enhance your skills
  • Opportunities to apply for nursing and allied health professional apprenticeships
  • Being part of a multi-disciplinary team of health and social care professionals, and development within the wider Wirral’s NHS services.

Valued. Supported. Empowered.

As a valued member of our Trust, your manager will support you with your induction and ongoing learning and development. You will be encouraged to undertake training to assist you to excel in your role with the Trust and ensure you are equipped to reach your full potential in this role.


Job description

Job responsibilities

Our HomeFirst Health Care Assistants assist registered nurses and therapists to implement assessed care needs and helping maintain the patients rehabilitation and reablement progress.

HomeFirst Health Care Assistants provide and assist with the care of people within their home environment, working with individuals and their families to ensure a person-centred approach is carried out, which includes the participation in clinical care procedures e.g. recording observations and application of topical cream, as well as helping patients / individuals with personal care tasks including assisting with meals and drink preparation if required.

Their role and the actions they take support admission prevention by responding to incidents of carer breakdown, provide rapid support for individuals to prevent admission to hospital.

Please refer to the job description for more details, or contact Jen Fell,


Person Specification

Experience & Knowledge


  • Experience of patient care (could be care of a family member or unpaid/voluntary care))
  • Experience of working within a team


  • Experience of Work in the Community

Qualifications & Training


  • NVQ Level III – direct care, social care (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of Infection Control
  • Knowledge of Tissue Viability (pressure ulcers, wound care)
  • Manual Handling Skills

Personal Qualities


  • Willingness to undertake in-service training and development
  • Access to a car for work purposes

Skills and Attributes


  • Good communication skills verbal/written
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good personal organisational skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised when required


  • Basic Computer Skills

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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