Clinical Support - Healthcare Assistant - Respiratory

  • Department Respiratory
  • Salary £18,005.00 – £19,337 per annum
  • Closing Date 05/08/2021
  • Location Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 2
  • Job ref 223-RHA-510
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Full time Part time 37.5 hours per week (Full time and part time hours available)

Job overview

We are looking to recruit highly motivated individuals to join our Respiratory Team.  

We are dedicated to the on going development of our staff, you will undertake trust induction, healthcare specific training and ward based training alongside our clinical nurse educator as well as have other opportunities to undertake training relevant to our specialist area. 

You will assist with patient hygiene needs, toileting, nutritional intake, assisting patients with their mobility and physical comfort and monitoring and recording vital signs. 

Candidates must demonstrate a compassionate and caring attitude towards their patients and be able to deliver high standards of care. It is essential to possess good communication and organisational skills.

Please note that it is a requirement to hold GCSEs in Maths and English grades 9-4 (or equivalent) for this position. 

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
Assist in the maintenance of patients nutritional and hydration needs. This may include actions such as:
Assisting patients in the selection of appropriate food and drink
Serving meals and drinks
Report any observed swallowing difficulties to the Registered nurses
Measure and record intake and output accurately

Working for our organisation

The team provides safe and high standards of specialist care to all patients throughout their stay on the respiratory ward as well as assisting in the discharge process, liaising with family members and external agencies.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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

Person specification


Essential criteria

Experience of care either formal or informal e.g. in a care setting or for a family member/friend

Desirable criteria

Previous hospital experience


Essential criteria

Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support or NVQ Level 2 in Care or demonstrate a commitment to work towards the Diploma qualification
Literacy and numeracy Grade 9-4

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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