Healthcare Assistant / Assistant Practitioner

DDRC Healthcare

The closing date is 30 June 2022

Job summary

25 to 30 hours per week, example 9am to 3pm, 5 days a week

Salary £21,000 - £24,000 (FTE) depending on experience and qualifications, with free onsite parking and a generous workplace pension

Closing Date 30th of June 2022

· Would you like to work in a small friendly team of doctors, nurses and chamber technicians giving unrushed care to a small number of patients?

· Would you like opportunities to develop new skills in a world class facility?

We are recruiting a Healthcare Assistant / Assistant Practitioner to join our small friendly team working at our centre in Plymouth. DDRC is a charity and leading hyperbaric centre, commissioned by the NHS. We use our chamber to treat divers with decompression illness but also to treat a range of other diseases such as wounds and problems following radiotherapy. These patients are often complex and highly appreciative of the continuity of care that we provide, with our team treating daily for several months. 

We currently treat 3-4 patients a day and have an extraordinarily high staff to patient ratio, allowing unrushed care and the opportunity to get to know our patients well.

If you are keen to join our team then why not arrange a discussion with our Medical Director, Dr Doug Watts via and arrange a visit. More details about what we do can be seen on our website   

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be responsible for preparing the patient for treatment, which involves taking clinical observations and checking on their wellbeing and then liaising with and assisting the other clinical and chamber staff. The successful applicant will also be responsible for routine clinical equipment checks and maintaining clinical consumables stock. In addition, there is a weekly MDT and other duties, such as assisting with patient logistics and communicating treatment times.

Full induction and training will be provided as well as ongoing support. The postholder would be encouraged to develop further skills, this might include the opportunity to train as a chamber attendant (ability to pass an HSE diving medical is a prerequisite for this) and the opportunity to join our on-call team to treat diving emergencies out of hours. Other opportunities such as training as a medical technician for occupational medicals are also available and we are keen to invest in the successful applicant.

For this role, the ability to work well in a team and to possess excellent interpersonal skills are key. Previous or ongoing experience of diving, wound care and/or work in an acute environment would be advantageous but not essential.  

About us

DDRC is a charity and leading hyperbaric centre, commissioned by the NHS. We use our chamber to treat divers with decompression illness but also to treat a range of other diseases such as wounds and problems following radiotherapy.

Our organisational values are: Respect, Putting People First, Collaboration, Taking Ownership, Integrity and Professionalism. 

More information about our organisation can be found at and you can also find us on facebook.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Title: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Healthcare Assistant / Assistant Practitioner

Main Purpose of Job: Assist in providing high quality care for patients attending DDRC Healthcare

Responsible to: Senior Nurse

Responsible for: Preparing elective hyperbaric patients for chamber treatment and maintaining the clinical area (equipment checks, stock control and maintenance, clinical cleaning)

Key Working Relationships: Patients, Nursing staff, Doctors, Chamber and Administration staff.

Main Tasks:

Daily, weekly and monthly clinical checks on equipment in clinical areas

Preparation of patients prior to elective hyperbaric treatment, including taking clinical observations, assisting with changing patients into scrubs and any other preparation required by the clinical and chamber team.

Liaising with the chamber team regarding the status of patient preparation and any additional patient needs

Liaising with the duty clinician (doctor or nurse) for patient review

Liaising with the administration team or directly with outside agencies regarding patient transport or accommodation

Maintenance of clinical consumables stock levels and ordering.

Attendance at weekly MDT

Working with the clinical and chamber teams in planning patient care and logistics (treatment times / transport etc)

Assisting in the assessment of patients prior to commencing hyperbaric treatment

Undertaking CPD / reasonable steps to ensure that skills are up to date.

Possible Supplementary Roles: Hyperbaric chamber and mono-place attendant training, with potential to complete chamber operator training. An HSE Medical would be required for work inside the chamber.

Person Specification



  • Essential Qualifications:
  • NVQ in health & social care level 2, or equivalent such as Healthcare Support qualification
  • GCSEs grade A-D/3-9 in Maths and English or Functional Skills level 1 in Maths and English


  • Desirable Skills
  • Wound care experience
  • Acute care experience

Personal Attributes


  • Honesty, loyalty, integrity and trustworthy
  • Ability to work well within a team-based environment
  • Able to work semi-autonomously
  • Professional demeanour and appearance
  • Must be able to work to the DDRC Healthcare Organisational Values.



  • Essential Skills:
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Competency in measuring and recording clinical observations, including blood sugar measurement
  • IT literacy


  • Experience of wound care
  • Experience working in acute care

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

DDRC Healthcare


DDRC Healthcare

The Hyperbaric Medical Centre, Plymouth Science Park




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For questions about the job, contact:

Dr Doug Watts via


Date posted

10 June 2022

Pay scheme



£21,000 to £24,000 a year pro rata, dependent on qualifications and experience



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

DDRC Healthcare

The Hyperbaric Medical Centre, Plymouth Science Park




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