Hospiscare at Home Health Care Assistant
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Our Hospiscare at Home teams have a first class reputation for delivering outstanding evidence-based palliative nursing care and clinical advice. As we set up this service for the Mid Devon area, covering Crediton and Okehampton, we have fantastic opportunities for Health Care Assistants to join the team. You will work alongside registered nursing staff in the multi-disciplinary team, helping to provide holistic and person-centred care and support for patients with complex life-limiting illnesses.
Main duties of the job
You will have experience of delivering care in a clinical setting, alongside awareness of the complexities of working with individuals at times of distress and conflict. Some experience of working in specialist palliative care would be an advantage. You will work equally well on your own initiative, managing a delegated workload and escalating issues as appropriate, or co-operatively as part of the team. Your highly developed communication skills will also be essential to be effective in this role.
You will work within the community setting throughout Mid Devon and participate in the seven day service provision. In return you will be joining a clinical employer of choice in the region, receiving a competitive salary and range of benefits, including Employee Assistance Programme, recognition of your NHS service for holiday entitlement, continuation of NHS pension, and great opportunities for career development.
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1. JOB DETAILS
Job Title: Health Care Assistant
Location: Community Cluster
Hours: 22.5 - 37.5/week, 3 - 5 days over 7, including rotation to nights
Team/Directorate: Hospiscare at Home, Mid Devon
Responsible To: Community Cluster Team Leader (CCTL)
Responsible For: N/A
Accountable to: Head of Community Services
2. JOB PURPOSE
To work within a multi-disciplinary team and alongside registered nursing staff to deliver a high standard of evidence-based specialist palliative care.
To provide holistic and person-centred care and support for patients with complex life-limiting illnesses.
3. KEY RESULT AREAS/PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
3.1 Main Responsibilities
· Assist with the implementation of planned care for patients and those close to them under the supervision of registered colleagues to ensure a high standard of nursing care at all times.
· Assist in monitoring patients’ conditions on a continuous basis, in partnership with patients and those close to them, to ensure appropriate escalation to senior colleagues when required.
· Develop communication skills to be able to interact with patients in a sensitive and professional manner in order to promote and maintain Hospiscare’s values and to ensure dignity and respect are observed.
· Undertake completion of HCA competencies to be able to deliver simple clinical observations and provide input to patient care plans.
· Adhere to Hospiscare’s clinical recordkeeping policy when providing and sharing verbal, digital or written information and instructions, to ensure patient confidentiality is observed at all times.
· Attend and contribute to multi-disciplinary team meetings and case discussions to inform decisions which ensure patients receive the best possible care.
· Assist with the identification and assessment of complex bereavement to enable a seamless handover to Hospiscare’s Supportive Care team.
Infection Prevention and Control
Maintaining a safe environment for patients, visitors and employees is everyone’s responsibility. All staff are required to adhere to Hospiscare’s Infection Prevention and Control Policy and make every effort to maintain high standards of infection prevention and control at all times. This includes ensuring personal and team compliance with all relevant policies and procedures, and acting upon or reporting any identified risks.
3.3 Key Contacts
· Community Cluster Team Leader
· Community Cluster team
· Head of Community Services
· Medical team
· Clinical Administration
· Supportive Care Services
· Patients and those close to them
3.4 Health & Safety
· Ensure that Health and Safety guidelines and fire regulations are strictly adhered to
· Comply with safe working practices as defined by Hospiscare
· Complete online training as and when required
· Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by acts or omissions at work
· Report any accidents, incidents or near misses as soon as reasonably practicable
· Manage own work life balance and general wellbeing, including any relevant pressures in respect of lone working, travel, difficult environments and challenging situations
· Be aware of and adhere to Hospiscare policies and procedures at all times
· Take part in progress/performance reviews throughout the year
· Cooperate with other Hospiscare departments
· Attend training courses and complete online training modules as required to meet the requirements of the post
· Take responsibility for own personal development, seeking out opportunities to learn new skills
· Undertake any other duties as requested by management which are reasonably deemed to be within the scope of the role
· Apply the Hospiscare values and behaviours to every aspect of the role at all times
· Promote and maintain the brand standards of Hospiscare
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).
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14 January 2022
£19,189 to £20,968 a year
Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working