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Health care assistants (HCAs) in the United Kingdom play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of healthcare services. Their roles vary depending on their specific workplace (hospital, clinic, care home, etc.), but generally include:

Posting date: 14 May 2024
Salary: £12.3 per hour
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 13 June 2024
Location: Castleford, WF10 5HA
Company: Maria Mallaband Care Group
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: VA007701-3


Direct Patient Care Roles of the Health care assistants

  • Personal care: Assisting patients with washing, dressing, toileting, and eating.
  • Mobility support: Helping patients move around, whether it’s transferring them from bed to chair or assisting with walking.
  • Monitoring: Taking and recording vital signs (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, etc.) and reporting any changes to nurses or doctors.
  • Comfort and emotional support: Providing companionship, reassurance, and a listening ear to patients.
  • Wound care: Assisting with basic wound dressings under the supervision of a nurse.

Indirect Patient Care roles of the Health care assistants:

  • Maintaining a clean and safe environment: Making beds, tidying rooms, and ensuring equipment is clean and well-maintained.
  • Serving meals and drinks: Assisting patients with their meals and ensuring they have adequate hydration.
  • Communication: Acting as a liaison between patients, families, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Administrative tasks: Stocking supplies, running errands, and assisting with clerical duties.

Additional Responsibilities of the Health care assistants:

Depending on their training and experience, Health Care Assistants may also perform specific tasks, such as:

  • Phlebotomy: Taking blood samples.
  • ECG: Performing electrocardiograms.
  • Health promotion: Educating patients about healthy lifestyle choices.

Important Qualities of the Health care assistants:

Successful Health care assistants possess a combination of skills and personal qualities, including:

  • Compassion: A genuine desire to help and care for others.
  • Communication skills: The ability to listen actively and communicate effectively with patients and colleagues.
  • Teamwork: A willingness to work collaboratively as part of a healthcare team.
  • Physical stamina: The ability to perform physically demanding tasks, such as lifting and moving patients.
  • Attention to detail: The ability to follow instructions carefully and maintain accurate records.

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