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A Health care Assistant (HCA) in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust plays a vital role in supporting the care of premature or sick babies and their families.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assisting Nurses: HCAs work under the guidance of registered nurses to provide essential care for babies, including feeding, changing, bathing, and monitoring vital signs.
  • Comforting Babies and Families: They offer emotional support and comfort to both babies and their families, creating a nurturing environment during a challenging time.
  • Maintaining Hygiene: HCAs are responsible for maintaining high standards of hygiene within the unit, ensuring a clean and safe environment for babies.
  • Equipment and Supplies: They manage stock levels of supplies and equipment, ensuring everything is readily available for the care of babies.
  • Administrative Tasks: HCAs may also assist with administrative duties such as maintaining records, answering phones, and supporting communication between staff and families.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Compassion and Empathy: A genuine desire to care for vulnerable babies and provide support to their families.
  • Communication Skills: Effective communication with babies, parents, and colleagues is essential for a positive experience.
  • Attention to Detail: Meticulous attention to detail is crucial when following care plans and procedures.
  • Teamwork: Working collaboratively with the nursing team to ensure seamless care delivery.
  • Flexibility: Adaptability to work shifts and respond to the changing needs of babies and the unit.

Additional Information:

  • The SCBU at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is located in Whitehaven.
  • The Trust offers training and development opportunities for HCAs, allowing for career progression within the NHS.
  • This role can be highly rewarding, as you will be making a real difference in the lives of babies and families during a critical time.

Where to Find Information:

You can find more information about Healthcare Assistant roles in the Special Care Baby Unit at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust on their website    

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