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Healthcare Assistant - Rapid Response


Main area
Admission Avoidance
6 months (Fixed Term - Six months)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whtitington Hospital
£20,330 - £21,777 Excl HCAS
Salary period
20/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

The post holder will work closely with the Virtual Ward and Rapid Response team (RRVW). You will be expected to provide a high standard of nursing care and contribute to the prevention of unnecessary hospital admissions and facilitate early discharge from hospital. You will work with health professionals providing a high standard of nursing care, which reflects the NVQ3 Care competencies to all patients living in the Community

Main duties of the job

Please see the Job Description and the Persons Specification for further details about the job role. If you are unable to access the PDF, the details of the job description can also be found in the 'Detailed Job Description and Main responsibilities' section.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Participate in the assessment of care needs and the implementation of programmes of care in partnership with patients/carers in their own homes
  • Identify changes in patients conditions and, within their capabilities, recognise where significant changes in the care plan are required and report these back to the senior nurse on duty in a prompt and timely manner.
  • Liaise effectively with other nursing and multi professional team members within the scope of the Health care Assistant role and report back to the nurse in charge.
  • Provide administrative support to the team.

Be competent in additional clinical skills and knowledge areas, for example:

  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Administration of medicines via gastrostomy plus setting up of gastrostomy feeds
  • Administration of oral medication.
  • Simple sterile dressings
  • Best infection control practice

Be willing to quickly undertake further training/supervision in other clinical skills, knowledge areas for example:

  • Continence re-assessment
  • Venepuncture
  • Injection technique
  • Diabetes care
  • Medication review
  • Pressure area care
  • Bowel care
  • Palliative care

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ3


Essential criteria
  • 1 year as HCA


Essential criteria
  • Observations
Desirable criteria
  • Phlebotomy
No smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleImproving working livesCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committed

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Susan Gibbs
Job title
Lead Community Matron
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Susan Gibbs on 07824406890