Clinical Support - Healthcare Assistant - Acute Medical Unit (AMU)

  • Department Health Care Assistant
  • Salary £18,005.00 – £19,337 per annum
  • Closing Date 17/06/2021
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 2
  • Job ref 223-AHA-374
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Healthcare Assistant to join the team on the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

We are looking for a caring, compassionate individual who has strong communication and observation skills to deliver excellent patient-focused care in a challenging environment.

We will complete a comprehensive induction programme that will fully prepare you for the role and you will be working in a stimulating and supportive clinical environment with many opportunities for learning and development.

Main duties of the job

Provide support to patients to maintain their hygiene needs. This may include actions such as:

Care of mouth, hair, nails and eyes

Provide support to maintain their elimination needs. This may include actions such as:

Encouraging continence
Emptying urinary catheter bags
Mobilising to toilet or use of commode or bedpan
Maintaining hygiene needs after episodes of incontinence

Assist in the delivery of pressure area care. This may include actions such as:

Repositioning of patients as directed
Maintenance of good levels of skin hygiene
Reporting the observed condition of a patient’s skin

Working for our organisation

AMU is a 20 bedded unit that is a fast paced environment, in which patients are assessed and treated for a variety of medical conditions before being sent home or on to a specialist ward.

We also have a Same Day Emergency Care Clinic (SDEC) and an Acute Medical Assessment (AMA) unit, currently being used as a Respiratory Isolation Unit during the pandemic.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.


Person specification


Essential criteria

GCSE in Maths and English grade 9-4 ( A – C) OR Functional Skills Level 1 or higher

Desirable criteria

NVQ2/3 in Health related subject


Essential criteria

Can demonstrate an understanding, through personal statement and interview, of what is required within the role of a Health Care Assistant in the care setting
Can describe the Trust Values and demonstrate how they put these in to practice within their caring role

Desirable criteria

Previous hospital experience

Communication Skills

Essential criteria

Evidence of effective verbal/face to face/telephone/written communications and listening skills
Evidence of the ability to work with others

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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