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Health Care Assistant in Discharge Unit . Please note this includes Discharge Bedded & Discharge Lounge.


We are recruiting 5 Health Care Assistant to work in our Discharge Unit. The unit provides 24 beds for patients who have undergone cardiac and thoracic surgery. Suitable applicants will become a valuable part of the team and are required to support the registered nurses to provide a high level of care to our patients as well as ensuring the smooth running of the unit. Applicants must be hardworking, flexible, enthusiastic and able to work as part of a team. This is a busy unit with a high patient turnover, you must be able to work at a fast pace to assist with the flow of admissions and discharges.

Applicants must have completed an NVQ level 2 certificate in direct care.


This is a full time position – 37.5 hours. The shift patterns can be flexible with hours worked over 3 to 5 days, preferably including nights and weekends.




Main duties of the job

You will be required to assist the qualified staff caring for patients with complex needs.You will be part of a dedicated team in providing individualised holistic care working within the ward environment, to maintain the standards we have met.

We are a forward thinking modern Foundation Trust and are looking to recruit a HCA who is highly motivated, open to change and demonstrates excellent communication skills. As an integral member of the team the post holder will assist and participate in the smooth running of the unit by providing support to their team.


About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents –it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.



Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Foster Peoples Rights and Responsibilitiesa) Ensure all Trust standards are met within your workload and that aquality service is provided at all times.b) Ensure all patients requirements are met with dignity, sensitivity andempathy.c) Be non-judgmental in your approach to client care and attitudes.2. Maintain Confidentiality of Informationa) Assist trained staff to carry out nursing care ensuring the patientsconfidentiality and privacy are maintained.b) Maintain confidentiality with regard to the Data Protection Act for allinformation received.3. Monitor and Maintain the Safety and Security of the Work Environmenta) Ensure patients safety, comfort and welfare at all times.b) Report accidents, incidents, losses as they occur to the nurse in charge.c) Attend yearly up-dates on all statutory training, including basic lifesupport and manual handling and moving.c) The post holder must comply with all relevant policies, proceduresand training on infection prevention and control.4. Minimise the Risks Arising from Health Emergenciesa) Report untoward incidents and occurrences regarding changes inpatients condition to the nurse in charge/named nurse as they arise.b) Assist in emergency care once training undertaken.5. Develop Relationships with People that value them as Individualsa) Liaise with nursing, medical and other disciplines within our definedclinical area and other departments and hospitals.d) Be supportive to the patient and their family/carers at all times.6. Receive and Transmit Informationa) Ensure teamwork reports are completed and details entered onto thecomputer.b) Admit and discharge patients via the computer.c) Arrange waiting list admissions and participate in transfer and dischargearrangements for patients.7. Store and Retrieve Recordsa) Maintain accurate registers and bed states.b) Ensure patients notes are filed and up to date.c) Ensure pathology results/X-Rays/reports are available and filed asnecessary.8. Enable Patients to Maintain their Interests, Identity and EmotionalWell-being whilst Receiving a Care Servicea) Anticipate and act on the physical and psychological needs of the patientand meet the same.b) Provide a relaxed and professional environment conducive to promotingthe well-being of the patient.9. Contribute to the Effective Communication where there areCommunication Differencesa) Provide effective working relationships with patients/relatives/carers/nursing team/medical and multi-disciplinary teams.b) Report any complaints to the nurse in charge immediately.10. Develop in the Work Roleb) Attend in-service training, study days, seminars, courses as rostered.c) Attend a yearly IPR/Appraisal to set objectives and PersonalDevelopment Plan for the following twelve months with clinical leader.


Person Specification

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience of working within a team
  • Experience of working with people

Skills and Ability


  • The health care assistant should have the ability to communicate in a variety of settings with patients of varying levels of understanding
  • The health care assistant should be able to present factual information and refer questions to others where appropriate.
  • Able to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy
  • An understanding of organisation of nursing care
  • Basic I.T. skills in E-mail
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues in the health care setting.
  • The health care assistant should be able to carry out clinical interventions as delegated by a RN as agreed by local protocols
  • Good attendance record
  • Able to perform a wide a range of duties


  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
  • Basic understanding of NHS issues

Education and Qualification


  • NVQ Level 2 in care
  • Basic level of general education
  • Excellent command of English – particularly in verbal communication

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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Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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