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  • Full Time
  • Durham

Job role: Health Care Assistant

Company name: NHS jobs.

Job Location: United Kingdom

Salary: £22,369.00 to £22,877.00 per year

Job Sector: Health Care

Job reference: B0233-24-0010

 

About The Job:  Health Care Assistant needed in Durham

health care assistant (HCA) in the United Kingdom is a vital member of the healthcare team who provides essential support to patients and nursing staff. See below their primary responsibilities.

– Assisting patients with personal care tasks such as washing, dressing, and feeding

– Changing bedpans and linens to ensure patient comfort

– Taking and recording medical observations like temperature, pulse, respiration, and weight

– Providing emotional support and companionship to patients who may feel lonely or isolated- Helping patients with mobility and transferring them using equipment like hoists

– Carrying out basic clinical tasks under the supervision of a nurse, such as taking blood samples

 

As an health care assistant in the UK, one can pursue a college course like the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or complete an apprenticeship such as the Lead Adult Care Worker Advanced Apprenticeship. Employers may also accept relevant skills and experience in social care or health, along with qualifications in care or health.

 

Key skills required for the role include patience, empathy, compassion, strong communication abilities, and the capacity to remain calm under pressure. Healthcare assistants work in various settings, including hospitals, care homes, and the community, providing support to patients of all ages.

 

The main responsibilities of a Health care assistant (HCA) in the UK include:

 

– Assisting patients with personal care tasks such as washing, dressing, and feeding.

– Serving meals and helping patients eat if they are unable to do so independently.

– Helping patients move around and transferring them using equipment like hoists.

– Making beds and ensuring patients have comfortable bedding.

– Monitoring patients’ conditions by taking vital signs like temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, and blood pressure.

– Providing emotional support and companionship to patients.

– Assisting with basic clinical tasks under the supervision of a nurse, such as taking blood samples.

– Sterilizing equipment, restocking supplies, and processing lab samples in settings like health centers and GP surgeries.

– Engaging in health promotion and education work

To apply for this job please visit findajob.dwp.gov.uk.