Healthcare Assistant – Continuing care services


Healthcare assistants Band 2 or 3

Salary grade £22,857 – £25,970 per annum

Department/ward Continuing care services

Permanent Full-time (37.5 hours) and part-time hours

The RHN has a capacity of 230 patients and residents. 107 of these are cared for in the Continuing care services in the specialist nursing home. We provide short and long-term specialist services for adults with profound or complex neurological injuries. We have 4 specialist Continuing Care Wards which range in different skills and areas of expertise such as PDOC (disorders of consciousness), respiratory and slow stream rehabilitation. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills by rotating through the service to learn new skills if desired and will be working in a strong team of professionals.

Continuing care services is seeking motivated nursing staff who are eager to learn much sought after clinical skills while identifying and creating new and innovative ways to adapt our services to meet the continuing needs of our residents. You will be working as part of an Interdisciplinary team with Drs, therapists and many specialists to provide assessments and care for our residents under the support of Charge Nurses, Managers and Matrons.

This specialist service combines general acute care skills with a homely environment, providing daily activities and trips out with the residents to ensure our residents care needs are delivered as effectively as possible whilst ensuring individuality.

Main objectives of the role

  • Demonstrate an awareness of RHN’s objectives and contribute to achieving them appropriately.
  • Strive to improve efficiency in all areas of your work.
  • Working as a part of the team
  • Assist registered nurses and other HCA’s in the delivery of direct care to patients within the ward.
  • Working within agreed nursing standards and under the direction of the registered nurse or NVQ healthcare assistant.

Person specification

  • Previous experience of working in a health or social care support role.     E
  • Qualification to GCSE or equivalent   E
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills E
  • Previous experience of working patients with a brain injury D
  • Previous experience of working within a multidisciplinary team within health or social care  D
  • A health or social care related degree or equivalent qualification  D
  • A good command of both written and spoken English   E
  • An ability to carry out manual handling tasks   E
  • Able to work flexible shift pattern including weekends and nights   E

Training, education and support

  • Two weeks supernumerary working upon recruitment
  • Induction
  • Supported probationary programme
  • Supported care certificate programme
  • Complex postural management
  • Tracheostomy and specialist airway management
  • Gastrostomy and jejunostomy care
  • Allocated time for CPD
  • Clinical skills specialised training and workshops
  • Opportunities for Nurse Associate programmes
  • Clinical competency based program to support career progression
  • Support and further training/ skills from our in-house specialist nurse teams including tissue viability, continence care, respiratory care, palliative care, infection control, gastrostomy care
  • RCN Accredited Putney HCA programme
  • Opportunities to become a trainee nurse associate on our internal apprenticeship with Kingston University

Other benefits

  • Onsite accommodation available
  • Weekend and night shift enhancements
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Free uniform
  • Free parking
  • Bank shifts with weekly pay
  • Wellbeing service 24/7 including counselling sessions if required
  • 28 Days holiday (including Bank Holidays) pro-rata for part-time staff
  • Auto enrolment pension scheme
  • Yearly increments
  • Refer a friend scheme
  • Occupational health service including provision of recommended vaccinations
  • Paid DBS
  • Welcoming and supportive environment

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We also offer a walk around meet and greet, if you would like the opportunity to see what we have to offer. If you would like further information or the chance to speak with one of the Matrons to discuss job opportunities then please email Laura Chapman

Candidates applying for a role at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability will be expected to have received their vaccination against the coronavirus strain (COVID-19) as part of our pre-employment process before commencing employment at the RHN. Please let us know if you have not managed to arrange to receive the vaccine via other channels yet, as we can arrange the administration of the vaccine within the hospital. Please note that if you have a medical reason as to why you are not able to have the vaccine or you have any questions on the vaccination, please feel free to contact recruitment@rhn.org.uk.