Healthcare Support Worker
Douglas Macmillan Hospice
The closing date is 14 August 2022
Dougie Mac are currently looking to recruit Healthcare Support Workers who share our passion in providing excellent, personalised and compassionate care to patients and their families within our recently refurbished In-Patient unit.
At Dougie Mac our vision is to be admired as a centre of excellence for palliative and end of life care. Our many different services provide patients, their families and carers, with physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support, at home, or here at the Hospice.
Main duties of the job
The right candidate will possess excellent communication and organisational skills, a motivation for continual learning and sharing of knowledge, with the drive to ensure our patients receive the highest possible standard of care. You will work as part of a supportive multidisciplinary team within the In-Patient Unit, where opportunities exist to develop palliative care expertise.
Please read the job description (below) for further details.
If you would you like to be part of our friendly, supportive team delivering high standards of specialist palliative care which endeavours to go the extra mile in supporting our patients and their families, then we would love to hear from you.
Dougie Mac is an open-culture organisation, underpinned by clear strategic aims, vision and values. The Hospices many different services provide patients, their families and carers, with physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support ensuring that all are supported as they face death, dying and loss.
By joining Dougie Mac, you’ll be part of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to delivering person-led, responsive and cost effective services of the highest quality. And you’ll be supported in your role to develop your skills and those of the people you work with. Staff at Dougie Mac are well-motivated, with professional development pathways, and given opportunities to be reflective in their roles through supervision, reflective practice and supportive line management.
The Hospice offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a contributory pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, funded study, free parking, Paycare and much more.
To carry out assigned tasks involving direct care in support of, and supervised by, a senior HCSW and / or a registered nurse.
Tasks incorporated into the nursing function within the post must be performed at the determined standard which shall be maintained and monitored.
To adhere to the Hospice Philosophy of ensuring the optimum quality of life for all patients.
Duties & Responsibilities:
1. To perform aspects of physical care of patients as directed.
2. To observe and report any change in patients condition to the appropriate healthcare professional.
3. To report any accident, involving patients, visitors or staff to the appropriate healthcare professional.
4. To answer the telephone, take and transmit messages and perform general duties as directed.
5. To work within the guidelines of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice policies and procedures.
6. To comply with statutory/Department of Health Directives.
7. To deliver patient care in accordance with the care plan and ensure accurate and up to date documentation is maintained.
8. To maintain a caring environment by offering support to the patient and their family.
9. To establish and maintain good relationships with the patient, carers and all healthcare professionals.
10. To identify personal training needs and participate in relevant In Service education programmes in order to maintain an up to date level of professional knowledge and skill and demonstrate through competencies.
11. To ensure patient confidentiality is maintained at all times and information obtained during the course of employment is not released to anyone other than those acting in an official capacity.
12. To maintain a high standard of professionalism at all times.
Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:
1. To provide patient centred, enablement focused support to each individual, supporting them to achieve their goals and engage in a treatment/support programme to work towards mutually agreed goals with particular emphasis on adaptation to illness, and developing self management strategies
2. To work as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team, ensuring that the needs of patients and carers are identified within a holistic framework, fostering an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation
3. Attend mandatory training on principles and core elements Rehabilitative palliative care
4. Provide evidence of Rehabilitative Palliative Care practice in appraisal, relevant to role & responsibilities
Skills & Knowledge
Aptitudes & Attributes
Other Job Requirements
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.