Closing date: Ongoing
Interview date: Flexible to meet the needs of the the candidate and hospice
We have an exciting opportunity for dynamic, highly motivated individuals who wants to make a difference to patients who require palliative and end of life care, to join our team. Ideally you will be someone who has experience of palliative care or has worked as a carer previously, however training, support and supervision are all provided.
You will be working as part of the multi-disciplinary team under the guidance of a registered nurse, giving holistic care to patients and their families. The role is ‘hands on’ and considerable importance is placed on supporting the emotional needs of patients and their families, so it is vital you possess good communication and personal skills.
You will be responsible for maintaining our Hospice ethos by ensuring that high quality, individualised, holistic care is provided to the patients and their families. Excellent communication skills are required to ensure relevant and key information is shared with all staff involved in the care of patients. You should be able to respond appropriately to emotionally challenging situations.
This is an opportunity that provides the successful candidate with professional development opportunities. We support all our care assistants to complete the nationally recognised Care Certificate – there is an expectation that you will complete this certificate within your first year of employment.
Good basic IT skills are preferred for this role however additional training and support will be given as required.
We have various hours available worked on a shift rota with flexibility to cover evenings, lates and weekends.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- To develop excellent communications with the patient and their family, passing on all relevant information to a qualified nurse.
- To inform a qualified nurse of any change in the patient’s condition.
- To respect the privacy and dignity of the patient at all times, and keep strict confidentiality.
- To carry out personal cares for the patient under the direction of a qualified nurse.
- To maintain accurate records of care under the supervision of qualified staff.
- To participate in full rotation across all shifts.
- To follow Hospice procedures when giving or receiving telephone messages.
- To follow Hospice procedures in the care and custody of patients’ valuables and property.
- To follow the Hospice procedures on the reporting of all accidents, incidents, hazards or complaints.
- To exercise care and economy in the use of property and equipment.
- To follow Hospice procedures in relation to annual leave, sickness and absence.
- To maintain a caring and mutually supportive working environment for all members of staff and volunteers, being sensitive to the emotional needs of colleagues and giving appropriate support to them.
- To undertake appropriate training by attending relevant courses or study days as required.
- To assist with the orientation of new staff members and others on placement within the Hospice.
- Is prepared to work towards ‘Care Certificate’.