Equipment Library and Decontamination Assistant
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Working Part Time: 27.75 Hours Per Week
The post holder will perform a wide range of tasks to support the Equipment Library & Decontamination Unit Supervisor, this will include special responsibility, under managed supervision, to support and assist the activities of the Equipment Library & Decontamination Unit issuing/collecting a portfolio of medical equipment to/from professional users.
Activities will include the support, care and provision of tissue viability equipment, decontamination of returned equipment prior to re-issue, liaising with front-line clinical staff and various other technical staff. Clerical and portering roles.
Main duties of the job
- Receive and action telephone requests and enquiries.
- Responsible for maintaining accurate records
- Arrange for the hire of medical equipment from external suppliers
- .Monitor stock levels and prepare an order
- Using the Meditech patient referral system
- Responsible for the inputting of information Into the Equipment service database.
- Must comply with departmental Quality Systems, specified working practices. Using your own judgement select the correct substance via COSHH to deliver safe, effective decontamination.
- Maintain the cleanliness of all equipment used in the decontamination process.
- Assist in the distribution, delivery, issuing and collection of medical equipment held by the Equipment Library & Decontamination Unit on all hospital sites as directed by more senior staff
- It is the responsibility of the user to wear appropriate PPE provided to ensure safe working practices due to the possible exposure of body fluids
- Will manage own workload in the absence of either supervisor or manager
The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
- The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds.
- Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility.
- Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.
The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.
The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.
See Job Description for further details.
Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.
Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is £23 (standard) or £43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.
You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.
New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.
Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.
Good luck with your application.
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