Community Healthcare Assistant, Band 3

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust - Ferndown (30+ days ago)

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Dorset HealthCare is a dynamic, forward-thinking Trust, running 14 local hospitals and providing a wide range of integrated community and mental health services to a population of almost 700,000 people. Whether working in busy urban locations such as Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth or serving residents in rural areas, our 5,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do.

Staff thrive in a supportive, ‘family’ atmosphere in which we recognise that the importance of how we do things is just as important as what we do, and what we achieve. We strongly encourage behaviours that promote compassion and care between colleagues, supporting staff to be proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy. We are also an organisation which leads the way in challenging stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress. We relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% of staff feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users.

As well as job satisfaction, staff enjoy benefits ranging from a car lease scheme to free use of beach huts, flexible working options and a host of advanced training and career development opportunities. We offer a 24/ 7 employee assistance service, alongside many health and wellbeing initiatives.

Dorset itself offers the opportunity for a truly outstanding work/life balance, whatever your age or outlook. Millions of people each year come to holiday in the place where most of our staff live and work every day - enjoying access to award-winning beaches along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, picture-postcard villages, great weather and stunning countryside. We have excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities, plus plenty of country pubs and lively nightclubs.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic Healthcare Assistant to join the District Nursing Teams covering the GP surgeries in Ferndown. Based at the Ferndown Medical Centre you will be responsible for providing nursing care to housebound patients.

The role of the Healthcare Assistant is a vital role to support the ongoing work of the Community Nurses and Community Nursing Sisters. Clinical skills required for this post would be venepuncture, basic wound management, continence assessments however full raining is available within the Trust. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to undertake an advanced role through Dorset Healthcare extended skills programme including being able to given routine injections, catheterisation and advanced wound care.

If you are looking for a change and want to work more autonomously in a challenging environment, then the community could be for you. The staff work, closely with members of the wider multi-disciplinary teams including local Hospices, Complex Care Nurses, Health and Social Care Coordinators, Specialist Nurses and Therapist colleagues. The team is also supported by Intermediate Care Service and utilises our community hospitals for patients’ rehabilitation.

Interviews will be held 6th November 2017.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Ann Palmer, Lead District Nurse on 07920 234051

Our vision: is to lead and inspire through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our ambition: is to inspire patients, partners, local people and professionals alike by achieving excellent clinical outcomes and experiences, by supporting people with compassion and kindness, and by being experts in our roles.

Our Behaviours: How we do things around here is just as important as what we do and what we achieve. Our behaviours provide a guide to bringing our vision to life, and help everyone think about how they approach their work and other people. The behaviours below, have been identified by those within and external to Dorset HealthCare as being the most important, and are behaviours we hope everyone will experience at Dorset HealthCare.

Proactive

Positive

Respectful

Supportive

Reliable and Trustworthy

Be part of an organisation leading the way to challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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