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Healthcare Assistant

Band 2

Main area
Band 2
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Royal Preston hospital
£18,005 - £19,337 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
15/12/2021 23:59

Job overview

Some people were just born to care for others and we need to find you as we want you in our Hospitals helping us provide the best care possible to our patients.  We want people who are caring, supportive, great at communicating and really thrive looking after the needs of others. Your caring nature and enthusiastic approach will be perfect in this role.

It doesn’t matter if you have never worked in a hospital before as you will begin by spending the first few weeks on our bespoke training programme that will help you develop all the initial skills that will you need to do the role.  So when you step out onto the ward/area you will work on, you can be confident in your abilities – proudly holding your Care Certificate.

Main duties of the job

You will play a vital role in the care of our patients, helping with the day-to-day needs of patients through the provision of help with personal care, meals and mobility, as well as performing medical checks such as taking temperatures, pulse and respiration rate.

Sometimes the role will be tough, you be involved in some difficult things involving our patients, be rushed off your feet and deliver some very direct personal care.  We don’t want to shy away from that.  That is why we run a robust interview process to make sure that you understand the role, as much as we need to assess you to check you have all those fabulous skills, attributes, resilience and the caring nature we need.

As you would expect, we do work on a shift basis.  Typically, you would usually work a four shift system; early, late, twilight and nights.

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Working for our organisation

We offer you such an opportunity to join one of our many friendly and dedicated teams where you will learn, grow and flourish, supported all the way, nurtured and developed by our award winning Education Team.

If you have always aspired to work for the NHS caring for our patients and working alongside highly motivated teams, then you are going to love this role.  We will invest such a lot in you and your development by promoting and supporting you, ensuring you stay up to date with all clinical competencies.

We also proactively support you if you want to go on to become a registered nurse with opportunities to apply for nurse training at one of our partner education providers, University of Central Lancashire or University of Bolton - subject to meeting university entry requirements.

We cannot wait to welcome you to one of our interview and assessments days to show us what you are made of!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Responsible for providing a range of personalised care for patients 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, measuring  patient output, moving and handling, use of mobility  appliances,  correct patient positioning, ensuring patient safety, taking specimens and observing patients for  changes in condition

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • GCSE Maths & English grade C or above OR level 2 numeracy skills and level 2 literacy skills
Desirable criteria
  • • Level 2 QCF diploma (Qualification Credit Framework) in healthcare / NVQ level 2

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • • Previous Experience of dealing with the public
  • • Understanding of concept and application of confidentiality
Desirable criteria
  • experience working in NHS
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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

Rachel Russell
Job title
Nurse Recruitment & Engagement Officer
Telephone number
01257 247 000
Additional information

Rachel Russell - Nurse Recruitment & Engagement Officer