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Healthcare Assistant

Band 2

Main area
Band 2
37.5 hours per week (Full time and part time hours available)
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Royal Preston Hospital & Chorley District Hospital
Preston & Chorley
£18,546 - £19,918 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
31/05/2022 23:59

Job overview

It’s hard to sum up in a few words just how much our Healthcare Assistants mean to us, but when we asked our teams, the words they used were: Passionate. Essential. Inspiring. Dedicated. Needed. Invaluable – just think, this could be how you are described when you join us as one of our new Healthcare Assistants. How proud would that make you?

You don’t need to have worked in care before because we offer full training that we’ve developed ourselves – in fact, your first three weeks starts with you completing your Care Certificate which you will then take onto the ward/department you are allocated to and proudly showcase all your new skills.

We aren’t saying the role will be easy, some days will genuinely be tough, but the support available and rewards will far outweigh any challenges. You’ll be caring, supportive, great at communicating, listening & really thrive looking after the needs of others. Your caring nature and enthusiastic approach will be perfect the addition to our teams.

Unfortunately we cannot accept those who need sponsorship to work in this role due to government guideline's.

Main duties of the job

You’ll support our teams; deliver fantastic care to all our patients, helping do whatever it takes to ensure our patients receive the very best service possible. Whether you are helping feed a patient, undertaking observations, supporting them to move around, take a bath or helping them with personal care – you will see first-hand the impact your role makes every minute you are working.

Our hospitals don’t close, so as you would expect, we do work on a shift basis – our patients need our care and attention 24 hours a day 7 days a week so everyone gets involved working different shifts to ensure our patients receive the very best. Typically, you would usually work a four shift system; early, late, twilight and nights. We ask our teams how they feel about the shifts and much feedback that it’s actually great to have a varied work pattern & can really help with care responsibilities and ensuring a good work life balance & meeting even more colleagues.

Working for our organisation

In return, 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 in your local hospital 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 supporting you, ensuring you stay up to date with all clinical competencies & from day one you will have the option to achieve Level 2 or 3 in healthcare, meeting the government standards for care within the NHS. This is why it’s essential you have Maths & English GCSE Grade C or equivalent.

Our initial Care Certificate training is 3 weeks long & full time as there’s so much to cram into the time, so you’ll need to ensure you can attend this, as you cannot start on the Wards without completion of the course

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Sometimes the role will be tough, you will see and 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 and we do know that this part of the role isn’t for everyone. That is why we run such a robust interview and assessment 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.  We cannot wait to welcome you to one of our interview and assessment days to show us what you are made of!

We do not have an interview date as we will be interviewing successfully shortlisted candidates continuously.

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.

 **Full Time positions available at both Chorley and Royal Preston Hospitals**


**We know you will understand how important your record keeping and calculations are in the role, as well as the qualifications we support you to achieve, so we do have to have a minimum entry requirement of GCSE grade C or above OR Functional Skills Level 2.
If you are shortlisted for interview, you must provide original certificates for both Maths & English, as detailed within the person specification. Please also provide any Health & Social Care qualifications you may have.**

Unfortunately we cannot accept those who need sponsorship to work in this role due to government guideline's.

Amongst the many other benefits you can enjoy are:

27 days paid holidays per year (rising to 33 days), pro rata for part time staff in addition to 8 bank holiday

Enhanced rates of pay for weekend and bank holidays working

The opportunity to join the NHS Pension scheme

Uniform provided

Child care vouchers and preferential rates for an on-site nursery


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • GCSE Maths & English grade C or above OR Functional Skills level 2 in Maths and English
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

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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 245429
Additional information

Rachel Russell -Nurse Recruitment & Engagement Officer