Caring for People in Harrow & Brent

Healthcare Assistant (Home Care)

Contract: Permanent 30 hours per week

Salary: NHS AfC Band 3 – £20,329 – £21,776 pa FTE + London Weighting allowance

Location: HA3 0YG

Closing Date: Interviews on a rolling basis

St Luke’s Hospice – Caring for Harrow and Brent St Luke’s Hospice cares for people approaching the end of their life in Harrow and Brent. We aim to give the people we care for the best possible quality of life, each and every day. Supporting local people and their families is at the heart of what we do – focusing on what matters the most to them is at the centre of our care.

The care we give is free of charge, available to all, and respects the cultures, religions and beliefs in our richly diverse community. Our care is given with compassion and dignity and involves not just looking after the patient, but also includes supporting the people closest to them. 

We receive around 40% of our funding from the NHS and the rest is raised from the amazing generosity of the organisations and people who make our care possible. Our local community is a vital partner in our care, kindly supporting us through their donations and fundraising alongside the dedication of over 800 incredible volunteers who freely give us their time to support the best possible end of life care for local people.

Job Purpose and scope

  • Assist patients with their personal care as appropriate and according to their wishes, maintaining privacy and dignity at all times.
  •     Perform and record clinical observations of patients and have an awareness of their relevance.
  •     Undertake minor dressings and treatments as required.
  •     Prompt patients on regular oral medication when patient is self – medicating.
  •     Be confident in the use of patient care equipment and associated safety procedures.
  •     Observe the syringe driver providing medication to patients and alert the appropriate health care professional should problems occur – training will be provided.
  •     Take all precautions to ensure the control of infection is minimised whilst delivering care to the patient.
  •     Recognise change in patient’s symptoms and conditions and notify Hospice @ Home team and other health care professionals as appropriate.
  •     Assist with obtaining small amounts of shopping if needed, food preparation and administration of simple meals and beverages in a comfortable and acceptable manner, maximising the patient’s independence and ability to stay at home.
  •     Effectively communicate with all patients in order to promote their comfort and wellbeing and support their emotional and spiritual needs.
  •     Support/Liaise with patients, carers and family members in a dignified, professional manner respecting their individual needs, beliefs, wishes and culture.
  •     Provide care for the body after death and support family members/carers following the death.
  •     Maintain accurate, legible and legally substantive records of care and assessment undertaken in the appropriate records provided by St. Luke’s Hospice.
  •     Report to Hospice @ Home team any changes, incidents which may affect carrying out allocated daily work at the earliest opportunity.
  •     Use resources economically and efficiently.
  •     Maintain confidentiality of information relating to patients, staff and St. Luke’s Hospice.
  •     Maintain the health and safety of self and others by identifying and reporting potential dangers
  •     Discuss and review personal and professional development needs during annual appraisal.
  •     Attend debriefing discussions, meetings and contribute to the development of the service as required/requested.
  •     Attend all mandatory training and ‘in house’ study days, meetings and discussions when required/requested e.g. Health and Safety, Moving and Handling, Food Hygiene, Control of Infection and other appropriate courses for the development of the service and individual.
  •     Comply with all St Luke’s Hospice corporate policies and procedures, local policies and legal requirements relating to clinical care.
  •     Act in such a manner as to satisfy public trust and confidence, to uphold and enhance the good standing and reputation of St. Luke’s Hospice.

Additional Requirements

  • “Mandatory requirement: To be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt. Please note that we will undertake appropriate checks during the recruitment process and before any job offer is made.”

See Job description for more details.

Interviews on a rolling basis until successful candidate is recruited

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