Health Care Assistant - Respiratory Support Unit (Royal site)

Health Care Assistant - Respiratory Support Unit (Royal site) Liverpool, England

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Full Time Liverpool, England 21730 - 23177 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

This post is advertised for the new Acute Respiratory Unit in the new build of the Royal Liverpool Hospital. This is a 10 bedded Respiratory Unit, with 6 level 2 NIV beds

As Band 3 Health Care assistant duties will include supporting the registered nursing teams in providing patient care, clinical duties such as assisting patients with extended personal hygiene needs, meeting patients nutritional needs, including completing risk assessments and implementing plans of care.

Pressure area care delivery and wound assessment and wound dressings. Undertaking observations, supporting new and junior members of staff, as well as venepuncture, cannulation, catheterization and ABG taking. Also supporting patient receiving High Flow oxygen therapy and Non Invasive Ventilation.

The successful candidates needs to be driven and motivated to fit into the team and to provide the highest standards of care for our complex respiratory patients.

An opportunity has arisen within the Respiratory Support Unit (RSU) for a Band 3 Health Care Assistant

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic health care assistant who can demonstrate the trust values to join our team.

Previous experience working within a health care environment is essential with respiratory experience desirable. You will be a Band 3 nurse with level 3 Care certificate or NVQ level 3 certification. If you are currently working towards completion of this certificate then this will be reviewed on an individual basis. Excellent communication skills and IT skills required and the successful candidate should demonstrate a commitment to delivering excellent patient care.

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1st October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job Summary

Under the supervision of a registered nurse assisting the Ward / Department team in providing the highest possible standard of care for patients and their families/carer.

The post holder will undertake a range of tasks and duties as delegated by a registered nurse.


  • Participates in all aspects of patient care with particular attention to personal hygiene and grooming.
  • Provision of patients toileting needs, ensuring privacy and dignity is maintained.
  • Support of patients in managing incontinence and promotion of continence.
  • The recording of a patient’s fluid intake and output using fluid balance/hydration charts.
  • Preparation and serving of patient’s meals, drinks and snacks. Assisting / feeding patients as necessary.
  • The recording of patient’s dietary intake when indicated in the patient’s plan of care.
  • Enable patients to maintain/improve their mobility by use of exercise and mobility appliances.
  • Assist in the prevention of pressure sore development as directed by the Registered nurse in conjunction with the patient’s plan of care.
  • Carry out any movement and handling within the safe practice guidelines from your mandatory training and in relation to the patient’s manual handling plan.
  • Obtaining specimens from patients for ward or laboratory testing.
  • Removal of cannulae, catheters and nasogastric tubes
  • Undertake the dressing of non-complex wounds (in accordance with identified competencies and in conjunction with the plan of care)
  • Naso-gastric/PEG feeding once the tube has been passed and checked by a registered professional
  • Prepare and maintain environments for clinical treatments and investigations
  • Prepare patients for treatments, investigations or procedures including offering support, answering questions appropriate to own knowledge/experience and assisting in recovery
  • Collection of Blood products from laboratory as requested
  • Chaperoning and escorting patients to clinical departments within the hospital and to other hospitals for investigations.
  • Assist Registered Nurse in performing last offices.
  • General and clinical observations of patients, reporting anything untoward to Registered Nursing Staff, to include:
  • Recording of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and respiration
  • Oxygen saturation monitoring
  • Recording of peak flow
  • Undertake blood glucose monitoring and venepuncture upon the direction of the registered nurse
  • Documentation in patients nursing records of any care given, ensuring the entry is countersigned by the Registered Nurse responsible for the patient at the time.
  • Initiate Basic Life Support techniques as appropriate and provides assist to the registered nurse as required in resuscitation situations.
  • Contribute to the development of Essence of Care and benchmarking
  • Provide a verbal handover of the patients care under the direct supervision of the registered nurse
  • Ensure due regard is given to customs, values and spiritual beliefs of patients and carers.
  • Promotes effective communication within the multi-disciplinary team and takes measures to overcome communication difficulties
  • Contributes to the management of aggressive and abusive behaviour
  • General bed making/making up of clean beds in readiness for new admissions, Ordering any mattress and bed ungrades. (Refer to policy for the care of mattresses and beds).
  • Clear and clean vacated bed spaces and prepare ready for use according to the ward/unit protocol.
  • Prepare used linen bags for collection by porters and ensure adequate supply of linen bags/skips ready for use.
  • Assist in maintaining a clean and safe environment in all areas.
  • Safe disposal of clinical waste and sharps as per Trust policy
  • Be familiar with Trust policy and procedure for reporting clinical incidents, reporting of incidents if they occur.
  • Attend to the needs of visitors and patients particularly those who may be distressed or bereaved.
  • Care for patients property, including valuables, in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Obtain demographic details and social history from patients/visitors to assist in the admission process.
  • Provide support and assistance to new and junior members of staff.
  • Undertake a range of clerical duties in the absence of or in support of the Ward Clerk to ensure a smooth running service, this may involve:
  • Reception/telephone duties
  • Basic computer skills
  • Obtaining case notes/x-rays
  • Filing
  • Act as messenger in the absence of other more appropriate person e.g. to other wards, laboratory, Medical Engineering etc.
  • Complete maintenance repair forms
  • Monitor and maintain adequate stock levels of stationary, ward provisions, clean linen etc. completing as necessary requisitions forms for authorisation
The post holder shall as necessary provide cover for and undertake duties of absent colleagues.

The post holder shall follow all the policies and procedures of the organisation

Health Care Assistant - Respiratory Support Unit (Royal site)
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
London, United Kingdom
Amanda Pritchard
$5 to $25 million (USD)
10000+ Employees
Insurance Carriers
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