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Healthcare Assistant - Generic

Bedfordshire Hospitals
Luton & Dunstable NHS Hospital, Luton
Competitive salary
Closing date
22 Oct 2021

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It is an exciting time to join the newly formed Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We run two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Our 7,500 staff provide high quality care for a growing population of around 700,000 across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate and motivated individuals who are committed to delivering a high standard of patient care on our busy but friendly wards. As a healthcare assistant you will be a valued member of the team and support our nurses to look after our patients. You will be involved in a variety of duties such as bathing, toileting and the monitoring of patient observations.

As a vital member of our team, we know that you are often the first person our patients talk with and trust. We want to be able to support you in this role and help you develop. As such, we are offering you development and support through your care certificate and an apprenticeship qualification. You will be expected to complete the National Care Certificate within 12 weeks of commencement (if full time) and if you do not hold a Level 2 or higher qualification in Health & Social Care you will need to complete the Clinical Apprenticeship in General Health.

If you are 18 or over and can show empathy and understanding whilst maintaining patients self-respect and dignity, we would like to hear from you, previous experience of working in a health care setting would be an advantage but not essential.


You will be expected to be able to work a variety of shifts, including long days, long nights, weekends and public holidays.

When you come for assessment you will be required to undertake a literacy and numeracy test. This test is necessary in order to ensure you meet the requirements of apprenticeship study at a later date. The test can be challenging and we recommend that you review your English and Maths knowledge prior to completing this. You are allowed to bring in a calculator for the numeracy assessment, we do suggest that you go onto "google" and type in "Numeracy and Literacy" NHS tests and use these to practice in readiness for the assessment on the day. There are free samples to use and there are some you have to pay for. A couple of free websites to use are: "Developing your Potential Recruitment" and "Practice Tests - Edexcel".

Please ensure that you complete your supporting statement in full in order to evident your interest in the role of a healthcare assistant.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Blenda Correya

For further details / informal visits contact:

Blenda Correya

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Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all members of the community including people with disabilities.

All correspondence relating to vacancies will be via the e-mail address you have provided on your application form.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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