Vacancy Description

£18,360.00 Per Annum Permanent

Are you looking for a position that really makes a difference to peoples lives in a wonderful company that will be both professionally and personally rewarding??

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and experienced Healthcare Assistant to join our Specialist Palliative Care Inpatient Unit. You will need to have excellent communication and organisational skills, and the ability to work as part of a team. Experience of Palliative Care would be ideal, but a passion for learning and holistic approach to patient centred care is essential.

You should be qualified to at least NVQ Level 2 or equivalent.

Clinical Practice: 80%
1. To provide care that meets the holistic needs of individual patients and their carers/families, including physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical and if appropriate, pre & post bereavement needs.
2. Under the direction of the Registered Nurse work in accordance with the individual patients’ care plans, observing and reporting promptly any identified patient or family needs.
3. Under the direction of the registered nurse, provide general nursing care to allocated patients. This includes bathing, toileting, personal hygiene (i.e. eye, mouth, and nail care) and basic observations.
4. Under the direction and observation of the registered nurse, and following training and achievement of THE Client’s agreed competency framework, undertake delegated and agreed extended HCA roles, including:

* Pressure Ulcer Prevention in accordance to care plan.
* Simple wound care and bandaging as directed by RGN
* Undertaking Integrated Palliative Care Outcomes (IPOS) reviews
* Monitoring and recording of blood glucose levels
* Undertaking Blood pressure
* Undertaking Oxygen Saturations
* Undertaking Urinalysis tests
* Medicine management awareness practice including syringe driver checks
* Phlebotomy and other pathology specimens.

5. To demonstrate good communication skills, ensuring quality time is spent being / sitting with the patients and ensuring they are treated with courtesy and respect at all times. Ensure privacy, dignity and confidentiality for patients and relatives in line with THE CLIENT policies and procedures.
6. Depending on the patient’s general wellbeing and dependency needs, assist and coordinate the therapeutic and diversion activities in partnership with the rehabilitation and wellbeing team.
7. Ensuring the individual patient’s nutritional and hydration needs are met and monitored regularly.
8. Follow all agreed policies for manual handling, infection control and health and safety, ensuring a safe environment for patients, staff, volunteers and visitors visiting the service and know who to contact in an emergency. When working in the community follow lone-working process and procedures.

Indirect Patient Care: 20%
1. Participate in team working and maintain effective communications between members of the multidisciplinary team both in the inpatient unit team, community team and wider Hospice teams.
2. When working on the Inpatient unit, assist with the smooth running of the clinical area by carrying out other duties such as tidying, stock checking, and monitoring and cleaning of equipment and patient areas.
3. Be responsible for coordinating, completing and reporting back on delegated routines/duties that contribute to the smooth running of the service.
4. To be part of the wider service multidisciplinary team, attending shift and team handovers, staff meetings and hospice team briefs.
5. To listen to any initial complaints and conflicts in a polite, calm manner and report to the shift leader/line manager as soon as possible.
6. To be an exemplary role model/champion of the Hospice to all peers, colleagues, new staff, volunteers and visitors to the service.
7. Participate in keeping accurate, legible records and timely reports on the computerised patient record system in accordance with Hospice IT policies.
To be aware of the legal requirements associated with recordkeeping.

Learning and Development
1. To attend relevant training and demonstrate competencies in regard to self and professional development.
2. To attend and contribute to the Bank support sessions and learning programmes provided by THE CLIENT.
3. Participate in appropriate internal and external educational programmes including attendance at mandatory training as required.
4. Demonstrate on-going personal and professional development and actively plan and contribute to the THE CLIENT appraisal process.

This is an excellent opportunity to work for an organisation whose function is incredibly important – The role is both professionally and personally hugly rewarding.

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