Health Care Assistant

Northampton General Hospital


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Job summary

Are you a Health Care Assistant looking for a new challenge or are you interested in becoming a Health Care Assistant?

Come join our dynamic team within Oncology and Haematology here at Northampton General Hospital. We are committed to delivering high quality patient care and experience through our teams of dedicated, enthusiastic qualified staff. We are a friendly, professional team and continually strive to deliver the best possible care. In return we offer an experienced, supportive environment to stimulate ideas and facilitate development.

We are looking for highly motivated person who is capable of caring for the mix of cancer patients and their families. You should possess excellent communication skills, be flexible and enjoy working within a busy team.

You must have excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate the ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a multidisciplinary team. In return we can offer you a stimulating working environment in a challenging area of practice that is continually developing.

Please note: There will be the potential to cross cover EAB, Haematology outpatients, Chemotherapy suite and Oncology outpatients, when needed to create collaborative working.

Hours of work:Long day- 07:15 19:45Night- 19:15 07:45Monday to Sunday

Main duties of the job

Talbot Butler ward is a 24 bedded ward, treating Oncology and Haematology patients. The ward contains two, four bedded bays (1 male and 1 female), as well as 16 side rooms.

We care for patients with complex oncological and haematological conditions and cancers. The Nurses administer a range of complex Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapies (SACT) regimes to our patients and follow through with appropriate aftercare for any patients experiencing side effects as a result of their cancer treatments and those with non-malignant haematological disorders.

We are also a spoke centre for the Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant programme at Leicester Royal Infirmary, caring for patients both before and after stem cell transplants.

The Emergency Assessment Bay (EAB) runs as a triage service for all oncology and haematology patients who are undergoing active treatment for cancer. Our service is a 24/7 service allowing patients on SACT treatment to call the department and be triaged by a competent nurse who will advise the patient accordingly; whether that be to self-manage at home, or attend EAB. If patients do attend EAB they will be assessed and treated in line with their oncological or haematological needs. Talbot Butler Ward and EAB work closely with the outpatient areas in the directorate, including Radiotherapy, Haematology outpatients, Chemotherapy suite & Oncology outpatients.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Assist in the provision of nursing care under the supervision of a registered healthcare practitioner in relation to:

  • Safe manual handling of patients after establishing best method.
  • Maintain safety of patients, personal clothing and property in accordance with agreed policies related to security and confidentiality.
  • The collection of specimens, i.e. stool, urine, mid-stream urine, catheter specimen of urine, sputum and wound swabs.
  • Recognising the Equality and Diversity of patients, clients, relatives and multi- disciplinary groups by supporting ant-discriminatory practice & acknowledging patients personal beliefs and identity.
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy environment, including clinic areas, clinic rooms, store cupboards, kitchen, treatment room and equipment used for procedures.
  • Undertaking the cleaning of unit equipment, according to policy and procedure. Make effective use of the infection control policy.
  • Take and record vital signs as requested, i.e. temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure, oxygen saturation and Early Warning Score (EWS) on observation charts reporting any abnormalities/concerns to the registered healthcare practitioner.
  • Undertaking the cleaning of clinic areas, suction, oxygen, and prepare for clinics, obtaining any essential equipment.
  • Report any concerns / incidents relating to patient health, and safety of the environment to a registered nurse/ healthcare practitioner.
  • Provide clear and concise verbal communication to patients, clients and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Provide clear and concise written documentation as per Trust guidance.


  • Recognise and maintain confidentiality of information relating to patients and their records.
  • Ensure clarity in communicating with patients and their relatives as well as other team members and in answering questions within the sphere of ones own knowledge. Report changes in patients condition to the registered nurse on duty and participate in shift hand over to ensure effective continuity of care.
  • Contribute to the on-going support of patients and others significant to them, enabling patients to maintain their interests, identity and emotional well-being.
  • Welcome patients, their families and other visitors to the department. Introduce them to the facilities and services provided.
  • Answer the telephone on a clear, friendly, helpful and professional manner. Take any messages accurately and refer to a registered nurse as necessary.
  • Demonstrate a caring approach to patients, their families and visitors and to have good verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience in Oncology / Haematology
  • Previous HCA experience



  • NVQ 2 or 3 in Health Care
  • Care certificate/ HCA programme

Skills & Abilities


  • Good communication skills

Personal attributes


  • Trust values- Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Integrity and Courage

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).

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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For help with your application, contact:

Sarah Coughlan


Date posted

18 November 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 2


£18,005 to £19,337 a year Per annum pro rata



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

Northampton General Hospital




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