Community Health Care Assistant with the Covid-19 Assisted Home Testi

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Bexhill & Eastbourne, East Sussex
Competitive salary
18 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
Role Type
Start Date
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex. We provide our services at two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital, community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Uckfield and Rye and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries, schools and in people's homes.

The trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the improving working lives of all our staff.

A wide range of staff benefits are available to staff and these include:Staff development, Pension scheme, Auto-enrolment to our Temporary Workforce Service ( staff bank) On-site nurseries within the acute hospitals, access to sports and social clubs, staff restaurants, on-site accommodation, staff gymnasiums, squash and tennis court plus heated outdoor swimming pool (Eastbourne only), Staff lottery.

Please download and read the Recruitment Information Leaflet, attached as a document to this advert, as it will help you in the completion of your application

Community Covid-19 Assisted Home Testing Team

Location: Eastbourne / Bexhill

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a fixed term or secondment of up to 8 months to undertake a Covid-19 assisted home swab testing.


This is an interesting opportunity for a health care assistant to undertake a role working within a small community team in response to Covid-19 government testing requirements. The service offered is an assisted home-testing service for niche patients that are unable to access alternative testing routes.

Job Summary

Working with the District Nursing Teams and Operational Support Officers the potholders will be expected to visit patients in their home setting to facilitate the swabbing process. The service operates every day including weekends and bank holidays and covers a large geographical area.

The post-holders will be managed by the District Nursing operational leads/ operational support officers.

Key Qualities/skills
  • To have ability to make decisions/judgments as a lone worker, referring to the Operational leads and or emergency services as appropriate
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload in conjunction with the team
  • Understanding of principles of infection control
  • Up to date clinical skills
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Basic IT and keyboard skills
  • Car driver

For internal applicants, please ensure you have the approval of your line manager before applying for this post as it is anticipated that the successful applicants will be available to start within a month of appointment.

The positions will be for up to eight months based either at either Bexhill or Eastbourne with requirement to travel across East Sussex footprint as required.

For an informal chat please contact Suzanne Stone on 07972241913

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameSuzanne StoneJob titleHead of Nursing - Community Planned CareEmail addresssuzanne.stone@nhs.netTelephone number07972241913

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Patients come first at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

We work in partnership with commissioners, other providers, our staff and volunteers as part of a locally focused and integrated network of health and social care in the county.

Our vision is to be:
  • The healthcare provider of first choice for the people of East Sussex.

Our mission is to:
  • Deliver better health outcomes and an excellent experience for everyone we provide with healthcare services.

Our strategic objectives are to:
  • Improve quality and clinical outcomes by ensuring that safe patient care is our highest priority.
  • Play a leading role in local partnerships to meet the needs of our local population and improve and enhance patients' experiences.
  • Use our resources efficiently and effectively for the benefit of our patients and their care to ensure our services are clinically, operationally and financially sustainable.

Our aims are that all services delivered by the Trust are:
  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Caring
  • Responsive and
  • Well led

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.

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