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Community Healthcare Assistant - Band 3

Gloucestershire Health
Competitive salary
Closing date
26 Jan 2022

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Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed in October 2019, following the merger of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The two Trusts joined together to provide integrated mental health, physical health and learning disability services to communities.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for one Health Care Assistant to work in both the Newent and Tewkesbury area. The team provide high quality care to people in their own homes. You will be based with a Community Nursing Team which in turn is part of the wider Integrated Team incorporating OT's, Physios, and Reablement staff with links to our Social Care colleagues.

To work as part of the team you will need to have:

A good general standard of education with experience in providing health or social care.
  • NVQ level 3 in a Health or Social Care related subject or equivalent level of knowledge acquired through work experience.
  • Proven ability to work efficiently, effectively & autonomously with supervision.
  • Have good communication skills (verbal & written) & good IT skills.
  • A major part of the role is to undertake venepuncture so experience with this skill would be advantageous.
  • The ability to travel throughout the locality is essential.

The Community Nursing Service is seven days a week comprising Early shifts (8.00am - 4.00pm); late shifts (12.00 pm - 8.00pm) and a new trial shift for HCAs (10am to 6pm) and a rolling weekend rota where you would work one weekend in every four (2 early shifts).

We are a friendly, open and supportive team and can provide you with opportunities for training, personal development and being part of shaping the direction of our developing and innovative team.

If you would like to know more about working with us, please contact:

Linda Piontek, Professional Lead of District Nursing FOD and TNS. 07823533543

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Closing date: 3rd February 2022

Shortlisting date: 4th February 2022

Interview date: 10th February 2022

As a Health Care Assistant/ Support Worker you will be responsible for participating and assisting in the delivery of care / services to patients and service users as part of a Mental Health and Social Care Health Service. Health Care Assistant, Social Care Workers and other Healthcare Support Workers employed by the Trust are required to follow the guidance set out in Code of Conduct for Health Care Assistants/ Health Care Support Workers to provide safe and compassionate care of a high standard, and to challenge others who are not.

You will receive direct supervision and partake in reflective practice / training on a regular basis and be required to meet the Care Certificate standards. All successful applicants will also have the opportunity to discuss the prospect of undertaking a Level 3 Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship alongside their substantive post. This apprenticeship would include the Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document 'Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice' prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a 'Veteran Aware Trust', evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right-hand side, titled 'Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance'.

All candidates for frontline NHS jobs should be aware that as of 1 April 2022, subject to final legislation, covid-19 vaccinations will become mandatory for all frontline health care staff. This is a condition of employment with the trust for all front-line roles unless you are formally medically exempt. A front-line role is a clinical or non-clinical role which is patient facing e.g. Nurse, doctor, AHP, porter, cleaner, housekeeper, receptionist. The proposed new government regulations will only allow providers of CQC-regulated activities to deploy individuals who have been vaccinated against covid-19 to roles where they interact with patients and service users. Appointees starting before 1 April 2022, will be required to have had their 1st vaccination dose by 3rd February 2022, to allow for the second dose to be administered before April 2022.

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Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust's Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

Applicants should note that all appointments to GHCNHSFT are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, GHCNHSFT will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas .

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