Part Time Health Care Assistant- The Merrywood Practice

The Merrywood Practice

The closing date is 26 September 2021

Job summary

South Bristol

The Merrywood Practice

Healthcare assistant - experience not required as full training will be provided

Are you a team worker who prides yourself on delivering a high standard of care?

Do you want to build relationships with patients and help them manage their own health?

We have an exciting opportunity for a part time Healthcare Assistant working between 16 and 20 hrs per week plus overtime

Previous experience in primary care preferred although willingness to learn equally important, as training will be provided

For informal enquiries please phone 0117 944 9750 and ask to speak to Rita

Main duties of the job

Working under the direct supervision of the practice nurses and strictly in accordance with specific practice guidelines and protocols, the post-holder will be responsible for performing venepuncture to obtain blood and urine samples from patients


  • Ensuring that the patient is as comfortable and relaxed as possible and confirming their agreement to the collection of a blood or urine sample
  • Collection of sample(s)s of blood or urine in accordance with training and procedures
  • Checking patient identification against GP/nurse request and confirming with patient whenever possible
  • Recording collection of blood sample in patient record in accordance with practice procedure
  • Ensuring that samples are dispatched to the appropriate laboratories in a timely fashion.
  • Notifying the GP/nurse of any significant patient issues

Clinical skills required (or willingness to be trained)

  • Venepuncture
  • Urine testing
  • ECG
  • Spirometry
  • BP
  • Weight
  • Health Checks & Medicals
  • ABPM

About us

Our Vision Statement for patients:

The Merrywood Practice believes that you are important.

We want to help improve your physical, mental and spiritual health both as individuals and as a community.

Our reception team aims to be responsive to the needs of patients, doctors and staff in the way that they assist with the processes of appointments, reports and preventative medical care.

Our nursing team aims to match their skills to the needs of service users in a professional manner, delivering care in a non-judgmental, whole person-centered way.

Our doctors want to give the best medical care in a way that treats all individuals with respect and dignity and encourages everyone to become part of a community that promotes health.

Job description

Job responsibilities




Practice Nurse

Part time working 12 20 hours per week


Dependant on experience


Clinically Lead GP

Managerially Lead nurse


The postholder is responsible for the assessment of patient care needs and for planning, delivery and evaluation of programmes of care.

The post holder is expected to carry out all relevant forms of nursing care without direct supervision providing support to the medical practitioners, and will be required to demonstrate procedures to and supervise unqualified staff



  • As a team member, responsible for all aspects of patient care
  • To provide a high quality of patient/client care
  • Participate in setting standards for care and auditing clinical outcomes.
  • Promote & participate in maintaining a safe comfortable & therapeutic environment.
  • Supervise members of a team as delegated by the Lead Treatment Room Nurse or in times of absence.
  • Participate in developing strategies and implementing health promotion programmes for clients and carers and facilitate screening clinics
  • Take responsibility for the safe storage and administration of drugs and equipment
  • Provide nursing care in a variety of settings by holistic assessment, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and delegate as appropriate
  • Participate in setting and monitoring standards to ensure effective care ensuring delivery of evidence based practice.
  • Provide information, advice and support to patients face to face and via the telephone.
  • Involved in team discussions to ensure best practice

Clinical skills required (or willingness to be trained)

  • Venepuncture
  • Urine testing
  • Swabs
  • ECG procedure
  • Assistance in Minor Surgery
  • Infection control management of equipment
  • Immunisation and Vaccine administration
  • Injections
  • Wound management
  • Ear care
  • Family planning/Womens health
  • Cervical Cytology
  • Mens health
  • Health promotion
  • Chronic Disease management : Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, CHD

Professional / Job Role

  • Adhere to NMC code of conduct.


  • To maintain accurate records and data on Treatment Room activities.
  • To work as an effective member of the Primary Healthcare Team and promote a multi-agency collaborative approach to health care.
  • Maintain the established reporting documentation and communication system to ensure efficient evaluation and monitoring.
  • To be involved in appraisals and personal development plans for the HCAs within the team if appropriate
  • Attend and contribute to team meetings

  • To supervise lower grades of staff.
  • Assist with and participate in the recruitment and retention of staff.

  • Report and record all clinical incidents to Nurse Practitioner.
  • Maintain minimal stock clinical stock levels and ensure the effective use of clinical stock


  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with individual and client groups.
  • To communicate effectively using a variety of communications skills: verbal, & non-verbal, written and electronic, with a range of individuals and organisations within and external to the NHS.

  • Assess individual communication needs and understanding for informed consent.
  • Working with interpreters [link workers] for non English speaking patients.

Education, Training & Research

  • To take responsibility for own professional development undertaking training for specific clinical tasks
  • Participate in clinical audit
  • Participate in research programmes as appropriate.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of standards and audit activities.
  • Attend updates and study days as appropriate to the post
  • Participate in appraisal

This job description may be reviewed in the light of changing service needs. Any changes will be fully discussed with the postholder. The postholder may also be required to carry out other work appropriate to the grade of the post.

Person Specification PRACTICE NURSE





1. Education, Qualifications



RGN Level 1 or equivalent experience (Essential)

On-going training and commitment to development

Evidence of continuing professional development (Essential)

2. Experience

Staff management

Previous experience of working in a team and supervising junior staff (e.g. HCAs) within a clinical team setting (Desirable)

Mentoring/assessing (Desirable)

Partnership working

Experience of developing relationships with external agencies and organisations. (Desirable)

Experience of working across organisational boundaries within health or social care. (Desirable)

3. Knowledge

Team working

An understanding of team dynamics. (Essential)

Primary care or NHS context

An understanding of the role of Primary Care within the wider NHS. (Essential)

An understanding of the structure for the delivery for primary health care services. (Essential)

Relevant legal issues

An understanding of the law relating to data protection/confidentiality. (Essential)

Equal opportunities and diversity

An understanding of the implications of cultural difference for service delivery. (Essential)

An understanding of the steps that need to be taken to provide appropriate, accessible and sensitive primary health care services. (Essential)

4. Skills & abilities

Team player

Able to work effectively as part of a team (Essential)


Able to work without supervision to achieve the objectives of the post. (Essential)

Able to demonstrate innovative practice. (Desirable)


Able to identify and prioritise complex, time sensitive workload and projects. (Essential)


Able to communicate clearly and succinctly in writing. (Essential)

Clear and concise verbal communication. (Essential)

Working relationships

Able to build effective working relationships with all levels. (Essential)

5. Other job-related requirements

Flexibility in relation to working hours

Able to be flexible in working pattern and committed to helping to achieve work life balance for self and within team. (Essential)

Person Specification



  • (i)Ability to work under pressure, and in a sometimes challenging environment
  • (ii)Excellent communication skills, written and spoken
  • (iii)Aware of patient confidentiality
  • (iv)Prepared to be flexible with time and duties
  • (v)Able to work as part of a team
  • (vi)Willingness to undertake training in phlebotomy


  • (i)Experience of working as a phlebotomist/Health care assistant
  • (ii)Experience in primary care
  • (iii)Health care service certificates
  • (iv)Experience in a health care setting
  • (v)Experience of working in a computerised environment

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.

Employer details

Employer name

The Merrywood Practice


2 Downton Road




Employer's website

For help with your application, contact:

Rita De Jesus


Date posted

09 September 2021

Pay scheme



£10.51 to £12 an hour



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

2 Downton Road




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