Healthcare Assistant Level 2/3 – Brain Injury Service

Salary grade: £25,714-£28,926 per annum (dependant on NVQ Qualification and experience)

Department/ward: Brain Injury Service

Job Title: Health Care Assistant Levels 2 and 3

Department: Brain Injury Services

Salary range: £25,714-£28,926 per annum (dependant on NVQ Qualification and experience)

Hours of work: 150 hours over a 4 week period (approximately 37.5 hours per week). A long shift is 12 hours. You also have the opportunity for enhanced payments for additional hours worked, and to join our ‘Flexible Workforce’ (Putney Bank).

Location: Putney, Southwest London

Please note, to be eligible to apply for this role, you must have the Right to Work in the UK. We are unable to sponsor VISA applications for Health Care Assistants.

Summary Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is a leading national centre of excellence, providing adult person-centred services that span the entire care pathway from post-acute rehabilitation services to end of life care, for people with complex Neuro-disability and their families, underpinned by a strong research and education programme.

An exciting opportunity to join our Brain Injury Service at RHN as a Health Care Assistant. You will be a key member of our multidisciplinary team working closely with our Brain Injury patients during their rehabilitation journey. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who will work closely with our patients to help maximise their independence. Excellent communication skills and team working are integral to this role. A rewarding experience and opportunity to join an excellent Level 1 neuro- rehabilitation service.

Our vision for the future is that we will be the national centre of excellence for neuro-disability. Our mission is to provide outstanding care and empowering individuals with neuro-disability, enabling them to live their lives to their fullest potential.

Our Promise

We have a strong commitment at the RHN to support our people’s well-being and development. In 2023, we are proud to introduce our first in-house HCA Development Programme which aims to equip you with the essential knowledge, skills, and behaviours to deliver an outstanding level of patient-centred care for patients with complex neurological needs. You will learn about Brain Injury including mental health, dementia and learning disabilities, as well as understanding ‘Quality of Life’ including 1:1 care and escorting.

Personal Specification

Experience and Qualifications Essential:

  • Previous experience of working in a health or social care support role.
  • Qualification to GCSE or equivalent.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A good command of both written and spoken English.
  • An ability to carry out manual handling tasks.
  • Able to work flexible shift pattern including weekends and nights.

Desirable experience which will enhance your application:

  • A health or social care related degree or equivalent qualification.
  • Experience working with patients with complex requirements and brain injury.
  • Previous experience of working within a multidisciplinary team within health or social care.

RHN is proud to be a diverse and inclusive employer that respects and values the differences of our people to achieve their full potential.

  • 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.

  • To assist patients with all aspects of their personal hygiene care which will include; washing, bathing, dressing, continence and mouth care whilst enabling them to be as independent with these tasks as possible.
  • To assist with mobility including; hoisting, positioning and assisting with mobility aids.
  • To support patients with eating and drinking tasks, which may include the use of adapted feeding equipment, recording of food and fluid intake and feeding patients with an impaired swallow function.
  • Responsible for providing proficient communication with patients and others in challenging situations, which may include supporting patients with complex communication needs and patients who present with behavioural/emotional challenges as a result of their brain injury.
  • To support patients to pursue social and leisure activities and assisting in a programme to help facilitate this.
  • To participate fully in a 24 hour, 7 day week staff roster, including working Bank Holidays, as required by the needs of the service. Shift patterns may vary and include split days off. A high degree of flexibility is required.

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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