Our client a Substance Misuse Service based in Rotherham are looking for a Healthcare Assistant on a temporary contract for an initial 3 months.
The role will report directly to a named nurse or Senior HCA depending on service structure. Reporting relationships may change
Undertake initial physical and mental health screening for people who access our services and ensure appropriate sign posting/referral to primary care or appropriate secondary health care services for identified health issues.
Following training and competency sign off undertake interventions such as blood pressure, pulse, temperature monitoring, Height/weight recording and ECGs for service users as indicated or requested.
Assist and carry out appropriate toxicology screening processes including urine saliva tests and intelligent fingerprint testing as required.
Assist in the titration process for opiate service users as required by service need.
Provide education, health promotion and screening for blood borne viruses (BBV).
Following training and competency sign off provide Hepatitis B vaccinations under a PSD when indicated.
Work as part of the integrated care and treatment pathways for individuals who are identified as being infected with BBV/s (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and/or HIV).
Support community alcohol detoxification either at the service or at the service user's home.
Support Opiate detoxification in the community.
Undertake phlebotomy following training and competency sign off, as required, ensuring adherence to identified pathways for blood sample labelling, collection, obtaining results and signposting.
Support in the referral to specialist inpatient services (including detoxification) and liaise with hospital and inpatient unit staff as required.
Contribute to the services Naloxone Strategy by training staff and service users in the use of Naloxone. Ensuring Naloxone is distributed to service users at every opportunity.
Ensure vaccines are stored correctly and the cold chain is maintained as per current Department of Health Guidance. Maintain clinic fridge and room temperature checks and record as required.
Maintain required standards of infection control and hygiene as per the services policies and procedures. Undertake regular clinic room checks, report and address, as directed, all variances from expected standards.
Provide evidence-based harm reduction services, including needle exchange.
Undertake basic life support and anaphylaxis training so you are confident and competent to assist in a medical emergency including the administration of Naloxone if required.
Understand and adhere to the legislation surrounding the use of patient specific directives (PSDs).
Utilise psychosocial intervention, in both one-to-one and group settings to promote engagement in treatment services and ownership of each individual's recovery journey