Senior Health Care Assistant

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

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Job summary

Could you care for people nearing the end of their life and make a real difference at this important time?

Would you find it rewarding to support family members so that they can make every moment with their loved ones matter?

Are you looking for a job with flexible working opportunities offering a better work-life balance?

If you’ve answered yes to the questions above and you are passionate about helping people at the end of their lives to stay at home with their families, we would love to hear from you.

Due to the ongoing success of the Rapid Personalised Care Service, we continue to expand our service and are looking for new people to join our team as Senior Health Care Assistants. We have a range of flexible contracts available between 30 - 44 hours per week.

Working patterns of 'standard days' working 7.5 hours per day or 'long days' working 11 hours per day including weekend working available.

Salary: £10.58 - £12.15 per hour

Closing: 27 May 2022 at 12 noon

Applications will be reviewed and invited to interview as received. We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should be find a successful applicant.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Health Care Assistant in the RPCS you will be expected to:

  • Weekend triage of new RPCS referrals and be the weekend and out of hours (where necessary) point of contact for patients, families and external healthcare professionals.
  • Weekend monitoring and updating of health care assistant rotas and liaison with the agency to ensure adequate workforce in place.
  • Complete new staff competency assessments to ensure high quality of care.
  • Complete risk assessments and initial patient assessments as requested.
  • Complete clinical visits to patient's homes as required and deliver personalised care and support to patients, families and carers at home for those requiring end of life support.

You will visit patients in their own homes across the Rennie Grove catchment area (Buckinghamshire/ west Hertfordshire) so a car and driving licence will be essential.

About us

At Rennie Grove Hospice Care, we’re all about making every moment matter for our patients and families, and you can play your part in that. We provide care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness, and their families. It’s important work and, to make it all happen, we need talented and passionate people.

We offer development, flexible working, opportunity to sustain your NHS pension, opportunities to volunteer and 27 days’ holiday per year plus bank holidays (pro rata).

If successful, you'll join us on the first working day of the month so we can best support you with our structured induction programme.

We encourage and strongly recommend our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Date posted

16 May 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£10.58 to £12.15 an hour Rennie Grove Band 3A £10.58 - £12.15 per hour

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

B0346-22-1979

Job locations

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Grove House, Waverley Road

St. Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 5QX


Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Icknield Way

Tring

Hertfordshire

HP234JX


Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Hodgemoor View

Chalfont St. Giles

Buckinghamshire

HP8 4LS


Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder is expected to:

  • Weekend triage of new referrals into the RPCS.
  • Weekend point of contact for patients, their families and internal and external healthcare professionals.
  • Out of hours contact according to the needs of the service.
  • Weekend monitoring and updating of HCA rotas of patient visits.
  • Weekend liaison with TLTP to ensure adequate workforce in place.
  • Support the RPCS Lead/Senior Care Coordinator/Care Assessor by completing risk assessments as requested.
  • Support the Care Assessor by completing initial patient assessments as requested.
  • Complete new staff competency assessments in line with the RPCS competency framework to ensure high quality delivery of care across the team.
  • Complete clinical visits to patient’s homes as required.
  • Deliver agreed personalised care and support to patients, families and carers at home for those identified as requiring care and support at end of life.
  • Competently work alone, as required, with patients and their families in the home environment and with remote support and guidance from the Care Assessor, Senior Care Coordinator and RCPS Lead.
  • Work collaboratively with hospice and community partners.
  • Promote the Rennie Grove philosophy within the local community.
  • Work within the RPCS competency framework.

For a full job description, please read the attached job description in the supporting documents.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder is expected to:

  • Weekend triage of new referrals into the RPCS.
  • Weekend point of contact for patients, their families and internal and external healthcare professionals.
  • Out of hours contact according to the needs of the service.
  • Weekend monitoring and updating of HCA rotas of patient visits.
  • Weekend liaison with TLTP to ensure adequate workforce in place.
  • Support the RPCS Lead/Senior Care Coordinator/Care Assessor by completing risk assessments as requested.
  • Support the Care Assessor by completing initial patient assessments as requested.
  • Complete new staff competency assessments in line with the RPCS competency framework to ensure high quality delivery of care across the team.
  • Complete clinical visits to patient’s homes as required.
  • Deliver agreed personalised care and support to patients, families and carers at home for those identified as requiring care and support at end of life.
  • Competently work alone, as required, with patients and their families in the home environment and with remote support and guidance from the Care Assessor, Senior Care Coordinator and RCPS Lead.
  • Work collaboratively with hospice and community partners.
  • Promote the Rennie Grove philosophy within the local community.
  • Work within the RPCS competency framework.

For a full job description, please read the attached job description in the supporting documents.

Person Specification

Personal qualities/other

Essential

  • Drive and enthusiasm.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as an effective member of a team, using
  • initiative.
  • Caring and empathetic approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable to a variety of tasks.
  • Ability to prioritise effectively and produce work to high standards under pressure.
  • Commitment to Rennie Grove mission and aims.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working within a care setting.
  • Experience of care records, Microsoft applications and Outlook functions in clinical settings.
  • Relevant experience in assisting patients with their personal hygiene.
  • Proven experience of working effectively in a team.

Desirable

  • Experience of coordinating the organisation, delivery and monitoring of care rotas and caseload for health care assistants.
  • Experience with completing risk/care assessments.
  • Experience of working within a community setting.
  • Knowledge of and experience in care at end of life and after death.

Knowledge and skills

Essential

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English verbal and written.
  • Ability to work effectively in an emotionally demanding environment.
  • Ability to observe and report changes in patients condition.

Qualifications

Essential

  • Care Certificate / NVQ qualified level 2
  • Qualified by experience in a similar role

Desirable

  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate
Person Specification

Personal qualities/other

Essential

  • Drive and enthusiasm.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as an effective member of a team, using
  • initiative.
  • Caring and empathetic approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable to a variety of tasks.
  • Ability to prioritise effectively and produce work to high standards under pressure.
  • Commitment to Rennie Grove mission and aims.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working within a care setting.
  • Experience of care records, Microsoft applications and Outlook functions in clinical settings.
  • Relevant experience in assisting patients with their personal hygiene.
  • Proven experience of working effectively in a team.

Desirable

  • Experience of coordinating the organisation, delivery and monitoring of care rotas and caseload for health care assistants.
  • Experience with completing risk/care assessments.
  • Experience of working within a community setting.
  • Knowledge of and experience in care at end of life and after death.

Knowledge and skills

Essential

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English verbal and written.
  • Ability to work effectively in an emotionally demanding environment.
  • Ability to observe and report changes in patients condition.

Qualifications

Essential

  • Care Certificate / NVQ qualified level 2
  • Qualified by experience in a similar role

Desirable

  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate

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.

Additional information

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

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Address

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Grove House, Waverley Road

St. Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 5QX


Employer's website

https://www.renniegrove.org/ (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Address

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Grove House, Waverley Road

St. Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 5QX


Employer's website

https://www.renniegrove.org/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Date posted

16 May 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£10.58 to £12.15 an hour Rennie Grove Band 3A £10.58 - £12.15 per hour

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

B0346-22-1979

Job locations

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Grove House, Waverley Road

St. Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 5QX


Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Icknield Way

Tring

Hertfordshire

HP234JX


Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Hodgemoor View

Chalfont St. Giles

Buckinghamshire

HP8 4LS


Supporting documents