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Healthcare Assistant

Band 3

Main area
Surgical Pre op Assessment
Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Derby Hospital
£19,737 - £21,142 pa
Salary period
Today at 23:59
Interview date

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and reliable Healthcare Assistant Band 3 full time to join our team within the Surgical Pre op Assessment Unit, Royal Derby Hospital.

The unit is a very busy department caring for a wide range of patients who require investigations and optimisation prior to their forthcoming anaesthetic and elective surgery. On a daily basis we run clinics which can require high levels of nursing support. The individual must have some background of either General surgery, vascular,  ENT, Max Fax, urology, upper and lower GI, bariatric and breast and ideally be competent in venepuncture and ECG recording, however for the right person, training can be given but the role would commence at Band 2 until competency packages are completed.

You will have the opportunity to gain experience within the outpatient setting for the successful candidate if essential criteria is not fully met. You will be started at Band 2 level until all training has completed to a satisfactory level.  Upon completion this will be reviewed to move up to Band 3.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be required to assist the team of 12 registered nursing staff within the unit.  The team also has additional support from admin and reception staff.  Some of the daily duties you will be required to perform will include an element of admin.

The successful applicant will be required to show high levels of concentration and organisational skills along side excellent communication skills with members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure clinic run efficiently and effectively .

It is expected that the  Band 3 Healthcare Assistant will be rostered according to service need and requirements, usually Monday - Friday 8-6pm with some occasional duties at the weekend as necessary.

As part of the Band 3 role you will be required to undertake the ECG and venepuncture  scope learning package.

This job requires long periods of standing  and requires some physical agility. 

Working for our organisation

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications: 16 June 2021

Interview date: 30 June 2021

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1. Assist in the implementation of care according to the patients individual care plan including encouraging and helping the patient with the activities of daily living. EG bathing, toileting, assisting with nutritional needs.
2. Undertake a range of clinical procedures relevant to the clinical area, in support of and delegated by a registered nurse taking into account the patients condition. Participate in the implementation of individualised care plans as appropriate. E.g. female catheterisation, insertion of NG tubes, blood tests including venepuncture, ECG’s
3. Work in an effective and efficient way utilising appropriate Trust and directorate policies, procedures and guidelines.
4. Communicate effectively by giving, receiving and as appropriate interpreting information and reporting (EG recognise adverse observations) so that appropriate action can be taken.
5. Continuously develop own skills and knowledge in accordance with agreed personal development plan and where appropriate provide information and support for other less experienced staff to help with their development
6. Continuously observe and accurately report on the patient’s condition by undertaking, recording and interpreting monitoring observations.
Undertake record and report as indicated in the care plan additional clinical observations. E.g. EWS, Salt exercises.
7. Contribute effectively as a member of the Multi-professional team building appropriate relationships.
8. Working on own initiative and within the limitations of the role always promote and deliver high quality care and report any problems to a senior member of staff.
9. At all times ensure that own actions support and promote equality, diversity and the rights of patients, the public and colleagues within the health care environment.
10. Maintain a safe environment by following infection control policies and procedures at all times
11. Maintain and support the effective use of available resources in an efficient way.
12. Identify hazards and act accordingly to promote the health and safety of patients, the public and staff in the health care environment.
13. Complete appropriate documents in a clear, accurate and timely way, participating in reporting processes as necessary.
14. Contribute to effective working in a changing environment as services develop. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ level 2/3 in Care (inc NARIC) or current Demonstrable Healthcare experience
  • ECG/Venepuncture skils
  • Previous General Surgical experience
Desirable criteria
  • General surgery and other speciality knowledge
  • currently HCA in surgical ward or OPD setting
  • some knowledge of elective surgery process


Desirable criteria
  • clinic experience
  • ECG & Venepuncture skills


Essential criteria
  • NVQ level 2
Desirable criteria
  • ECG & Venepuncture skills
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Angela Gent
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If you have problems applying, contact

Recruitment Team, Workforce Management
Training Centre
Rehab Block, Level 3
Royal Derby Hospital
DE22 3NE
01332 783342 / 07385 367225