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Band 3
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Full and part time positions available)
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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
£20,330 - £21,777 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
30/06/2022 23:59

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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust logo

Senior Health Care Assistant - Medicine

Band 3

Job overview

We are looking to build a team of enthusiastic, hard-working, motivated staff who provide excellent care with compassion and we are offering you the opportunity to join us.

You will be joining a team who are dedicated to the high standard of nursing care given to our patients, who have a passion for nursing as well as an enthusiasm for championing the needs of the patient and their families and carers.

Please note - Sponsorship will not be offered for this position, therefore you must have right to work in the UK before applying 

Main duties of the job

Responsible for providing a range of personalised care for patients and a range of clinical duties under the guidance and supervision of the team leader/nurse in charge including: assisting patients with personal hygiene, toileting, use of continence aids, catheter care, stoma care, measuring & monitoring  patient output, removal of catheters, moving and handling, use of mobility  appliances,  correct patient positioning, assess pressure areas and skin integrity, ensuring patient safety, taking specimens  including blood sugars, taking and recording physical measurements observing patients for changes in condition, carrying out simple dressings, removal of venflons.

Working for our organisation

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest and highest performing trusts in the country, providing district hospital services to 390,000 in Preston and Chorley, and specialist care to 1.5 million people across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

We expect every single member of staff to treat patients, families and colleagues with care and compassion, and to work together to achieve the very best outcomes. As an organisation we believe that every staff member plays a vital role in the delivery of excellent care with compassion, we are proud of our hospitals, and of the quality of care we provide for our patients, and that makes this a great place to work.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

GCSE's in Maths and English Grade C or above (or Functional Skills / Key Skills Level 2) and an NVQ in Health level 2 or have completed the internal Level 2 HCA Programme is essential in order to apply for this position.

Our Senior healthcare Assistants are required to:

-Provide good quality personalised care in accordance with agreed local and national standards.

-Present a positive image of self, team and the organisation.

-Take samples from patients for testing or dispatching eg: Urine, sputum, faeces, MRSA swabs

-Assist patients to meet nutritional needs in line with their individual care plan.

-Undertake clinical duties relevant to clinical area following achievement of competencies.

-Assist to maintain patient safety, conforming to health, safety and security legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines.

-Assist in maintaining standards of care to improve the patient experience and outcome of care.

-Promote equality in care and practice by recognising, respecting and meeting the needs and choices of individuals.

-Contribute to maintaining safe, clean, and productive care environment, compliant with standards for hygiene and cleanliness.

-Maintain and develop own competence.

-Actively try to resolve issues and complaints at local level and then report the outcome to line manager.

Person specification

Qualifications & Education

Essential criteria
  • GCSE Maths & English grade C or above OR level 2 numeracy skills and level 2 literacy skills
  • NVQ in Health Level 2 or completed internal Level 2 HCA course
  • Must be willing to undertake Trust internal HCA course
Desirable criteria
  • Level 3 QCF diploma (Qualification Credit Framework) in healthcare / NVQ level 3

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Previous experience of working in an acute health care or related setting
  • Understanding of health and safety issues within healthcare
  • Understanding of concept and application of confidentiality
  • Understanding of the role of a band 3 senior HCA
Desirable criteria
  • Previous hospital experience

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Anita Hore
Job title
Recruitment & Retention Lead for Medicine
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