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Main area
General Medicine
NHS AfC: Band 2
  • Full time
  • Part time
450 hours per week (nights and days, part time considered)
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North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
West Cumberland Hospital
£20,270 - £21,318 pa pro rata
Salary period
09/10/2022 23:59

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North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust logo

Health Care Assistant, Ward 7

NHS AfC: Band 2

Job overview

Band 2 Health Care Assistant various hours available

We are seeking to recruit Healthcare assistants for Ward 7 at West Cumberland Hospital. We are looking for caring, dedicated, innovative and motivated Healthcare Assistants to work as part of a newly created team. Ward 7 is a 12 bedded Acute Medical ward caring for low acuity and dependency patients with acute medical conditions. The ward will be opened to create additional capacity within West Cumberland Hospital during the winter period to assist with flow and improve services and patient experience. Following the winter period successful candidates will be place on a Healthcare bench and be re-deployed within the hospital to have an opportunity to experience other ward areas and departments within Emergency care and Medicine.

After winter pressures you may be moved to another ward.


Main duties of the job

You must have a caring approach, be an excellent communicator and be capable of delivering high standards of patient care.

Shift pattern – Days, nights, weekends and bank holidays


Working for our organisation

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We’re responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of ‘safe, high quality care every time’.

  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts.  Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?

The essential criteria for this role includes the requirement to have a care certificate or the willingness and ability to undertake this.  For further information, please see the additional information link which can be viewed under the “read this before applying” section. 

  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:

  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:

  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro – Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock – Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • GCSE English and Maths or Equivalent
  • National care Certificate or commitment to complete as part of evaluation process
  • NVQ is Care (willingness to complete within one year of start date) or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Ability to meet basic care needs of patients
  • Ability to carry out routine elements of assesment to enhance patient journey following initial assessment by registered practitioner
  • • Ability to maintain and improve knowledge, skills and competence to ensure high standards of patient care.
Desirable criteria
  • Previous NHS employment
  • Nursing policies and procedures.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerFair Train Silver StandardStep into healthBetter Health - Silver

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Rebecca Carter
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