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We have an exciting opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic Health Care assistants to join our In-Patient Unit.

Position: Health Care Assistant

Location: Lymington, Hampshire.

Hours: 22.5 hours per week

Salary: £11.44 per hour plus, unsociable enhancements between 30% and 75% depending on hours worked

About the role:


You will assist the Staff Nurses and contribute to the provision of care by supporting both the patient and their family facing the challenge of terminal illness.


Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone with


  • You will have experience of caring for patients who are at end of life.
  • A good standard of communication and the ability to work without direct supervision is essential.
  • An NVQ Level 2 or equivalent would be beneficial.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to have a fully flexible approach to working patterns, covering days and nights.


About us

Oakhaven Hospice serves the community of the New Forest, providing in-patient, day hospice and community care for patients with life limiting illnesses and support to their families/carers. We are committed to equality of opportunity at Oakhaven. Our mission is to welcome everyone to join us and create inclusive teams, celebrating difference and encourage everyone to be themselves at work.


Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide care for named patients with palliative care needs in accordance with the patients care plan as defined by the Primary Healthcare team.

To communicate with patients, carers and health professionals in a professional manner.

To recognise changes in symptoms and conditions and notify relevant health care professionals as appropriate.

To prompt patients with regular oral medication where the patient is self-medicating.

Following training in the use of syringe drivers, identify any problems with the syringe driver and report promptly to relevant professional staff.

To maintain and update patient records and ensure effective handover of care is given appropriately.

To provide support and respite care for the patient and family

according to their needs and the level of intervention required during

the shift

To care for the body after death and support the family members/carers in a professional and sensitive manner.

To work a minimum of 4 days per year as part of the in-patient unit team by mutual agreement to ensure personal professional development.

To be mindful of the resources available within the community


Person Specification



  • An NVQ Level 2 or equivalent would be beneficial.
  • Have experience in a caring role.


  • At least one year of experience working in hospitals, nursing homes or companies that provide in-home
  • healthcare.

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.

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