Healthcare Assistant

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Thatcham, UK
Closing date
24 Sep 2020

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Band 3 - Health Care Assistant Covid19 Community Testing

Employer: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Mobile Community Swabbing
Location: Thatcham
Salary: £19,737 - £21,142 per annum
Job Type: Fixed term (12 months)
Working pattern: 37.5 hours per week

We are recruiting experienced Healthcare Assistants to join our Urgent Care Service as a Covid-19 community tester. This role will support our Covid-19 testing to ensure that we can provide the safest care for both our staff and patients within the community.

You will be performing Covid-19 swab tests within the community and will be visiting patients' homes, care homes as well as supporting our static Covid-19 testing sites. This role requires lots of travel across the borough, and so it is essential that you hold a full driving license valid in the UK. However, you do not need a vehicle as you will also have access to a one of our cars during your working hours.

We will provide you with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment to carry out the role safely and you will be working in a supportive team.

About the Job
  • Perform initial assessments on patients in a courteous and helpful manner trying to allay fears and anxieties that the patient may have
  • Undertake Covid-19 swab tests on patients with potential infectious diseases either in their own home, care homes or at our testing centres.
  • All testing procedures must be followed, and details recorded correctly
  • Always ensure effective infection, prevention and control measures are always adhered to

Some of the benefits of joining our team:
  • AfC Salary ranging from £19,737 - £21,142 per annum
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
  • Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff
  • And so much more

The 4 "must haves" for you to be considered for this role:
  1. Must have NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent
  2. Hold a full Driving Licence valid in the UK
  3. Experience in a customer-based environment
  4. Excellent communication skills

If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we would recommend you apply today!

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