Health Care Assistant (HCA)

£8.92 hourly
  • Temple Ewell Nursing Home
  • Dover, UK
  • Sep 21, 2020
Full/Part time Healthcare Social & Care Work

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Health Care Assistant
33 hours p/week at £8.92 p/hour

REQUIREMENTS: An NVQ 2 in Social Care or the HSC Diploma level 2 is desirable, but not essential. However, you will be willing to undertake this training within 6 months of start date pending funding.

JOB SUMMARY: To assist the Home Manager and others within the Staff Team, in maintaining the smooth running of the
care home for the benefit of our frail residents. You will ensure that Care Standards are fully adhered to at all times and that
the Specifications of the Local Authority Contract are met. You will follow the General Council’s Code of Conduct at all
times when delivering and supporting service users with their care needs. This will enable them to live life to the full within
their chosen Home.

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Staff Nurses, Nursing Assosicates, Deputy and Home Manager.

DETAILS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To promote at all times the good reputation of the Home and Charing Healthcare.
2. To ensure that you contribute, to the best of your ability, to the efficient running of the home and the creation of an
atmosphere conducive to the best interests of the service users.
3. To carry out instructions from senior staff accurately, professionally and promptly.
4. To be observant of any changes in the service users’ condition and to report to nurse in charge.
4. To be fully conversant with correct moving and handling techniques, use of handling aids, and to be
personally responsible in attending update training in this respect.
5. To be fully conversant with the Fire Procedures and use of equipment and to be personally responsible for ensuring
attendance at regular fire lectures and drills, at least annually.
6. To be conversant with Health & Safety policies and to report any accidents or unusual occurrences to
clients, staff or self, promptly to the Manager or Deputy.
7. To be conversant with all policies and procedures as laid down by the Company; where unsure you must seek
clarification.
8. To participate in staff meetings as required.
9. To attend courses and in-service training as and when it is offered.
10. To ensure safekeeping of service users’ clothing and property.
11. To maintain confidentiality of service users in all respects.
12. To be fully conversant with service users’ care plans, notes and assessments.
13. To have the ability to write accurate Daily Reports describing the care given in the service users’ notes under the guidance of senior staff.
14. To wear uniform in full whilst on duty.
15. To maintain a happy, healthy working relationship that will be conducive to a professional atmosphere.
16. To adhere to the policy of not accepting gifts from clients without the permission of the Manager.
17. To adhere to the Government’s no smoking in the workplace policy.

DUTIES:
1 Direct patient care – Care of service user’s hair, teeth, nails and general hygiene. Assist with washing service
users in bed and in a bath. Assisting service users in and out of bed, accompanying them to the toilet.
2. Feeding service users and distributing meals – Help service users to prepare for meals, assist them to the
dining room, distribute meals, clear plates etc to the kitchen. Feed individual service users when required. Be
aware of special dietary needs of all service users.
3. Bed making – Making of empty beds. Bed making and linen changing with service user in bed. Cleaning vacated
beds; observing the Home’s infection control policy.
4. Observation and collection of specimens – Giving and removing of bedpans, urinals and commodes. Saving of
specimens as required (eg Urine, stool, sputum and vomit)
5. Recording – Measuring and recording service user’s weight and reporting any changes. Taking and recording blood
pressure and pulse, and monitoring blood sugar of diabetic service users once trained and deemed competent.
6. Pressure areas – Moving, turning and transferring service users as needed. Recognising at risk service users,
reporting accurately any changes in skin integrity. Use of pressure relieving aids.
7. Cleaning – Sharing the responsibility for basic cleanliness of the Home, as directed by the Manager or Deputy in
co-operation with the housekeeping team.
8. Diversional therapy – To participate and arrange recreational activities for the service users.
9. General – Answering the telephone, taking, recording and transmitting messages accurately and fully.

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