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Are you a caring and dedicated health care assistant looking for a new employment opportunity? Are you looking for a career that will positively impact your life as well as others?

As a Health care Assistant, being part of a big team on the wards and being able to make a difference to our patients experience and wellbeing is what makes this job role special.

Although some days will be tough and the role isn’t always easy, we believe you’ll find the rewards of providing care to people in need and the support available within the ward teams far outweigh the challenges faced.

Working as an HCA is a fantastic opportunity where you can really start your exciting journey within healthcare and develop over time either by completing bespoke training and development courses or looking to progress with healthcare apprenticeships – all available at Salisbury.

Interested ? Please read on for more information.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer Visa Sponsorship for this vacancy.


Main duties of the health care assistant job

You’ll start your career with us by following a 5 day full-time and in-depth induction training programme, within the hospital, so you can hit the ground running and ensure our patients get the care they need and deserve.

If successful at interview you will join at the top of Band 2. We offer fantastic progression opportunities to Band 3 once you have completed training and meeting key competencies.

We know at Salisbury that Health Care Assistants from different employment backgrounds can bring a range of knowledge and new ideas – previous care experience is desirable but NOT essential. Our fantastic colleagues can teach you the required skills if you share our Trust values, are ready to learn and:

  • You can demonstrate that you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • You are happy to carry out a variety of tasks (detailed below) – including personal hygiene care
  • You can work a variety of shifts – these include mornings (shifts could start from 7am), short days & long days (shifts are generally 10 – 12 hours long), evenings (till around 8pm) and nights (from around 7pm)

We consider both Part-Time and Full-Time applications, but you MUST be flexible and able to cover a variety of shifts as we operate 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

You will receive your allocated area within the hospital at a later stage of the recruitment process. Please note, if you are looking to work in paediatrics, maternity, A&E or theatres then please apply to the relevant advert.


About us

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (SFT) is an innovative hospital with a proud heritage and over 250 years of experience behind us. Here we’re driven to deliver an outstanding experience for everyone and have been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment we continue to provide for our patients and also our staff.

We are an acute Trust, rated “Good” by the CQC, with a track record of high performance providing regional and super regional specialist services such as: Burns, Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery, Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory, Wessex Rehabilitation, Spires Cleft Centre and the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre. We have about 470 beds and employ over 4000 staff.

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. We think working here is pretty rewarding. You can access a range of NHS discounts, receive a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme. On-site benefits include car parking (fee applies), leisure centre, day nursery and holiday play scheme.

Salisbury is an attractive place to live and work and really gives you the best of everything. With easy access to London and local airports, the city of Southampton is only a short train or car journey away or if you prefer the sea, Bournemouth is also accessible. Don’t just take our word for it, why not explore what Salisbury has to offer by


Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Washing and dressing patients and assisting in their personal care
  • Assisting patients to access and use toilet facilities
  • Serving meals and helping to feed patients
  • Helping patients to safely move around
  • Assisting with bed making, cleaning tasks, errands, or general duties
  • Collecting pathological specimens e.g., Urine, faeces, sputum
  • Making patients and their families feel comfortable
  • Monitoring and reporting patients conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight measurement

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from those who need sponsorship to work in this role due to current government guidelines.

The Trusts refer a friend scheme applies to this vacancy

Please read the attached person specification and job description as this will support you in your application, and then apply via the link. If your application is successful, we will contact you to arrange a telephone call to discuss next steps.


Person Specification



  • Educated to C Grade or Equivalent (Numeracy or Literacy)

Communication Skills


  • Being able to communicate both verbally and in writing.



  • 1 Year in a Health Care setting as a Health Care Support Worker.

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

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

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