Healthcare Assistant COOP

Band 2

Main areaCare of the Older personGradeBand 2ContractPermanentHoursFull time – 37.5 hours per week Job ref382-IM&PF78-21 SiteBlackpool Teaching Hospitals NHSFTTownBlackpoolSalary£18,005 – £19,337 pa pro rataSalary periodYearlyClosing22/06/2021 23:59

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS and especially here at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance. Working patterns such as; part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview

Job overview

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

The Care of the Older Person Wards (Ward 23, 25 and 26) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are looking for bright, innovative, caring and compassionate Health Care Assistants to join their friendly team of staff who are dedicated to providing excellent patient-centred care. If you are highly motivated and committed to delivering excellent standards of patient care and will embrace our Trust values then we would love to hear from you. We look after a wide variety of older medical patients working closely as a multidisciplinary team to provide the best outcomes for each individual and their families.

In return you will be supported to progress in your career; through opportunities of training, Care Certificate completion and appraisals.

This post is fully rotational, i.e. we are unable to offer any set hours or shifts

Main duties of the job

Health Care Assistant

Maintain high standards of nursing care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and be personally responsible for your actions following the Trust’s Policies and Procedures. Give and promote Health Promotion Education under the guidance of a Registered Nurse to the patient and carer in order to promote wellbeing and prevent further unnecessary hospital admissions. Ensure a high quality service is maintained by implementing Trust Clinical Governance Plans. Work as a member of the Multidisciplinary Team, and in conjunction with these other professionals promote a holistic model of care. Maintain accurate written and/or electronic records ensuring all legal requirements are met. Be prepared to work flexibly and to the needs of the service

Working for our organisation

Working for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will provide you with lots of opportunity to develop your skills and further your career. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and North Lancashire.

As a Trust we are committed to:

  • Developing new roles and ways of working to ensure a flexible and innovative approach to staff.
  • Real equality of opportunity.
  • Continual development and learning for staff.
  • Achieving a work life balance.
  • We are committed to the effective recruitment, retention and development for our employees, which is why we offer a great working environment, an attractive range of benefits and excellent opportunities for training and development.

    The Trust is accredited as a disability Confident employer. That means we recognise our obligations to ensure people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity to enter employment and progress if and where possible.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities

    For further information on the Job Description and main responsibilities, Please see the attached Job Description.

    Please also read the attached Person Specification to ensure you have the relevant criteria for the post.

    Due to high numbers of applications this post may close before the initial closing date if enough suitable applications are received.

    Person specification


    Essential criteria

  • Willingness & ability to undertake NVQ Level 2
  • Desirable criteria

  • NVQ Level 2
  • Experience and Skills

    Essential criteria

  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting. Able to present factual information and refer questions to others
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings with patients of varying levels of understanding.
  • Able to present factual information and refer questions to others where appropriate.
  • Able to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy. The ability to communicate effectively in English
  • An understanding of organisation of nursing care.
  • Basic I.T. skills in E mail.
  • Basic understanding of NHS issues
  • Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues in the health care setting.
  • Carry out clinical interventions as delegated by a RN as agreed by local protocols.
  • Good attendance record
  • Able to perform a wide range of duties
  • The ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience as a Health Care Assistant
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