16 hours per week

 £10.02 per hour (£8.72 basic rate & 1.15%)

 Covering Sedgefield and Durham Dales area

Are you passionate about palliative and end of life care?

Do you want to develop your skills and deliver quality services to the patients and families in our care?

Butterwick Hospice Care was founded 36 years ago by the incredibly inspirational Mary Butterwick OBE. Providing a holistic service to adults, children, and babies, the organisation supports patients with palliative and progressive diagnoses as well as their families and loved ones.

We are recruiting for a Health Care Assistant with the Palliative Home Care Team. The team provides specialist palliative and End of Life care to our patients and their families in their own homes.

Visits are primarily carried out overnight from 10pm – 6am, although occasional day support may be required.

We are looking for an experienced Health Care Assistant with at least 2 years’ experience in a care environment. It is essential you have a with a minimum of Level 2 NVQ qualification in health care or equivalent and a Level 2 qualification in End of Life Care Good communication skills and flexibility are required to allow for a full range of shift cover. Current or recent experience in a similar palliative care role is an advantage.

The successful candidate will work in partnership with Patients and Carers, undertaking basic nursing care within the agreed boundaries of their role. You will work to the District/Named Nurse’s care plan, maintain accurate documentation of care given and communicate any change in the Patient’s condition as appropriate.

You will predominantly work as a lone worker, but will understand the importance of team work and work closely with members of the Primary Health Care Team and other members of Hospice staff.

Confidentiality must be maintained at all times.

Access to a car is essential.

To apply please contact the Human Resources Department at Stockton for an application pack on 01642 607742 between 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday, or email [email protected]

Benefits: • company pension membership • 35 days pro-rata holiday (inc. bank holidays)

Closing date: Thursday 5th November

This post is deemed to require an Enhanced Disclosure Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service due to the fact that there is access to children or vulnerable adults.

Job Purpose

All posts, whether providing or supporting the provision of our services, allow our mission and values to be upheld.

The role of this post is to work within the care plan of the District/Named Nurse in caring for people who are terminally ill, providing support and respite to Patients, carers and families.  This involves routinely working in the Patients’ own homes and, on occasions, will require working in alternative settings – for example community hospitals, acute units and Hospice day care and in-patient units.

Key Responsibilities

To work in partnership with Patients and Carers, undertaking basic nursing care within the agreed boundaries of their role.

To work to the District/Named Nurse’s care plan, maintain accurate documentation of care given and to communicate any change in the Patient’s condition as appropriate.

To report to the Co-ordinator any changes/incidents that occur whilst sitting in the Patient’s home.

To ensure the Patient’s comfort, safety and dignity at all times.

To assist Patients in the performance of the activities of daily living they would perform for themselves if able.

To maintain confidentiality at all times.

To exercise responsibility by accessing and accepting opportunities for clinical supervision and on-going training.

To understand the importance of team work and work closely with members of the Primary Health Care Team and other members of the Hospice staff.

To be available for work at short notice and be prepared to be flexible.

To act at all times as an ambassador of Butterwick Hospice and the Palliative Home Care service, to Patients and their relatives, to colleagues and to members of the public.

Responsibilities of All Staff

To be aware of all Hospice policies and procedures relevant to the role, both existing and as they are reviewed.  To carry out duties and responsibilities in compliance with Hospice policies and procedures, NMC Standards, Care Quality Commission Standards, current legislation and codes of conduct as applicable with an awareness of personal limitations.

To be aware of the working practices of any volunteers assisting with the daily workload, feeding back any concerns to the Voluntary Services Manager so that the welfare of the volunteer is protected at all times.

To undertake the requirements of the role with an awareness of responsibilities under Health & Safety regulations.

To maintain good public relations and promote the Hospice philosophy of care in the wider community.

To provide support in the form of training/mentoring to other team members, and student placements, as appropriate.

To identify Training and Development opportunities, in conjunction with your manager and education co-ordinator and to take responsibility for ensuring mandatory training updates are completed within timescales.  To participate in personal training as may be necessary to meet the duties and responsibilities of the post.

To undertake such other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the importance and nature of the post.

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post.  As duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and is subject to amendment in consultation with the post-holder.

This post is deemed to require an Enhanced Level Disclosure check with the Criminal Records Bureau as there is access to children or vulnerable adults.  Further information on the Disclosure Service is available on www.disclosure.gov.uk.