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University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Health Care Assistant Band 3

Full Job Description

We are looking for Band 3 Health Care Assistants for the Emergency Department to work in our new Emergency department.

We have undergone a major change in the provision of Emergency and Urgent Care for Leicester and Leicestershire. The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is one of the largest in England and has one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the country and we opened the new £48 million Emergency Department in April 2017.

We have opportunities in our Emergency Department for Band 3 HCA’s for development in Emergency care, which includes an excellent education programme to provide on-going development and support.

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated Health Care Assistants who possess excellent communication skills and enjoy a challenge.

You will join a forward thinking multi-disciplinary team dedicated to delivering high standards of care in a challenging environment. Applicants must enjoy a fast pace acute environment as well as having a keen interest in caring in these acute settings.

The role involves taking a patient’s blood for testing, completing ECG’s, and cannulation for patients. You will be allocated to work in all areas of the Emergency Department and MIAMI.

To apply you must have competencies in venepuncture, ECG taking and cannulation.

The role will involve working long days, weekends and night shifts.

Provide clinical and non-clinical support to the multi-professional team under the direction of an appropriate registered health care professional.
Deliver direct and indirect care as delegated under the direction and supervision of an appropriate registered health care professional.

Support the delivery of effective health care to patients/service users by undertaking duties as identified by the multi- professional team.

Undertake specified and unsupervised aspects of care and therapeutic intervention as delegated by the registered health care professional within an agreed protocol, sphere of responsibility and after completing appropriate competency- based training agreed by the Trust.

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children’s Hospital and run one of the country’s leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 17,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide ‘Caring at its best’ and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we’re here to do. They are:

  • We focus on what matters most
  • We treat others how we would like to be treated
  • We are passionate and creative in our work
  • We do what we say we are going to do
  • We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that ‘Caring at its best’ is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

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  • Assist with essential nursing care.
  • Perform vital sign observations, accurately document and report back to a registered nurse / health professional.
  • Perform Electrocardiograph (ECG) tracings – ensuring it is checked by doctor or cardiac nurse specialist.
  • Insert cannula and flush with normal saline after checking the normal saline with a registered practitioner.
  • Obtain blood samples, label appropriately and send to labs.

Process in department blood results (Near Patient Testing) ensuring a doctor checks the result.

  • Escort / transfer patients to other areas of the hospital as appropriate

Perform basic wound care / dressings

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