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Please see below Job Description/Specification and General Conditions of Service
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Qualifications and Course Certificates will not be accepted at this stage.
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reference number in the subject box) or to the postal address given on the General Conditions of
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regarding interview within 6 weeks of the closing date, your application has been unsuccessful
and you will receive no further correspondence from Human Resources.
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NHS TAYSIDE – AGENDA FOR CHANGE
JOB DESCRIPTION
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JOB IDENTIFICATION
Job Title
Department(s)/Location
Number of job holders
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Healthcare Assistant
Leven Ward, Murray Royal Hospital
2 Posts
JOB PURPOSE
Deliver quality and individualised care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
Report to Registered Nurse changes in patients’ condition and any other relevant information.
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ORGANISATIONAL POSITION
Service Manager
Professional Lead
Ward Manager/Senior Charge Nurse (SCN)
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Charge Nurse (CN)
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Senior Staff Nurse (SSN)
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Staff Nurse/Enrolled Nurse (SN/EN)
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Health Care Assistant (HCA)/ Nursing Auxiliary (NA)
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SCOPE AND RANGE
Leven Ward, Murray Royal Hospital consists of 12 assessment inpatients beds and forms part of NHS Tayside,
Primary Care Division, Perth and Kinross CHP. It is one of three community hospital units, which provide inpatient assessment for individuals with dementia.
The post holder will work as a member of the nursing team within a ward setting.
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MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Clinical
 Assist the registered nurse with admission and discharge of patients.
 Deliver patient care under supervision and instruction of the registered nurse.
 Report and record changes in patient’s condition.
 Assist with patient’s transfer to another ward or department and/or as an escort to departments, clinics or
home out with main base.
 Comply and contribute to change for the benefit of patient care.
 Develop advanced skills as required by service, e.g. Phlebotomy, vital signs recording.
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Documentation
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Contribute to the development of care plans and record information under the supervision of a Registered
Nurse.
Complies with relevant national legislation e.g. Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act
Professional Ethics
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Respects the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of patients and staff, and contribute to
the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.
Maintain confidentiality of staff and patient information as per NHS Tayside Guidelines.
Service Development and Delivery
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Support managers in ensuring patient and public involvement in service delivery, design and change as
appropriate.
Contribute to the Health Improvement Agenda.
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Personal Development
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Participate in their appraisal process and contribute to the development of an individual personal
development plan.
Attend mandatory training sessions.
Clinical Governance, Quality and Standards
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Act as a Link Person i.e. Cleanliness Champion.
Assist the registered nurse to care for the patient’s property according to NHS Tayside policy.
Comply with all relevant NHS Tayside and local policies, procedures and guidelines relating to Health
and Safety, Confidentiality of Information, Moving and Handling, Lone Worker Policy, Infection Control,
Data Protection etc.
Work within Staff Governance guidelines.
Assist with maintaining a safe ward environment and reporting any faults timeously.
Exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.
Undertake duties, which fall within their role and remit in discussion with Registered Nurse.
Follows NHS Tayside Policy when handling and learning from verbal complaints in conjunction with
manager and relevant department.
Induction Standards & Code of Conduct
Your performance must comply with the national “Mandatory Induction Standards for
Healthcare Support Workers 2009” and with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support
Workers.
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COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
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Communicate effectively with patients, significant others, team members, hotel services, site management
and other external and internal agencies.
Assist registered nurse in developing and deliver effective communication strategies for patients who have
barriers to communication.
On a daily basis use empathy, tact, understanding to deal with distressed patients, and significant others.
Contributes to the effective flow of two-way communication within the organisational structure.
KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB
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SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT
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Post holder should have basic literacy and numerical skills.
Minimum aged 17 years.
Willingness to work towards Scottish Vocational Qualifications.
Good communication skills
Contribute to the maintenance of accurate patients records.
Responsibility for records management: – all records created in the course of the business of NHS Tayside
are corporate records and are public records under the terms of the Public Records (Scotland) Act 1937.
This includes email messages and other electronic records. It is your responsibility to ensure that you
keep appropriate records of your work in the NHS Tayside and manage those records in keeping with the
NHS Tayside Records Management Policy and with any guidance produced by NHS Tayside specific to
your employment.
Examine any equipment prior to and during use as per manufacturers instructions, training and follow
reporting system for faults.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
This job requires the post holder to:
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On a shift basis exerts frequent physical effort to manoeuvre equipment and adult patients suffering from
mental health problems.
Frequent prolonged physical activity on a shift basis.
To be on your feet for long periods of time.
Frequent Moving and Handling of patients using mechanical aids on a shift basis, including patients who
are unpredictable, i.e. confused, aggressive or agitated.
Frequent hand washing.
Frequent exposure to bodily fluids on each shift.
On each shift frequent exposure to physical and verbal aggression whilst utilising de-escalation/breakaway
and control/ restraint techniques.
Participation in Tayside Primary Care Nursing Observation Policy, involving observation of patient
suffering from Mental Health problems, including challenging behaviour, for periods in excess of one
hour.
Frequent involvement with patients who can display emotive behaviours which can be challenging, e.g.
verbal and/or physical aggression
10. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS
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Contribute to decision making with regard to patient care.
Accountable for decisions and actions taken.
Report non-compliance with NHS Scotland, NHS Tayside, Local Policies and Procedures.
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11. MOST CHALLENGING PARTS OF THE JOB
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Balancing competing demands with regard to time and physical/mental effort.
Adapting to change.
Unpredictable patient behaviour and associated workload.
12. JOB DESCRIPTION AGREEMENT
The job description will need to be signed off using the attached sheet by each postholder to whom the
job description applies.
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POST REF NO:
JOB TITLE/BAND:
P/ER/160
Healthcare Assistant/Band 3 (2 Posts)
LOCATION:
Leven Ward, Murray Royal Hospital
HOURS:
30 hours
CRITERIA
ESSENTIAL
EXPERIENCE:
Evidence of ability to work within a
team
DESIRABLE
Previous experience in
working with people who
have dementia would be an
asset
QUALIFICATIONS:
(Training; Research;
Publications)
Basic education
Healthcare qualification
SVQ level II or III in health
and social care
KNOWLEDGE &
SKILLS:
Good communication and
interpersonal skills
Motivated to gain
knowledge and skills within
dementia care
Ability to cope with and manage
change
Interested and motivated to work
in the area of dementia care
Understand and provide
person centred care for
people with dementia
Caring, respectful
PERSONAL QUALITIES:
Motivated
Organised
Previous experience within
a caring or healthcare
environment
Willingness to develop
Reliable and flexible
Good sense of humour
OTHER:
(eg travel across Tayside)
Ability and willingness to
travel across the locality
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General Conditions of Service
POST REF NO:
P/ER/160
JOB TITLE/GRADE:
Healthcare Assistant Band 3
LOCATION:
Psychiatry Of Old Age
Leven Ward, Murray Royal Hospital
Conditions of Service
Remuneration
The terms and conditions of service for this post are those
determined by the NHS Staff Council.
The current salary scale for the post is £16,271 to £19,268 per
annum (pro rata for part-time staff). Placing on the scale on
appointment is normally at the minimum but may be higher
subject to verification of previous relevant service.
Pay points under £21,000 will receive an additional nonconsolidated non-pensionable sum to raise basic pay by a total
of £250 pro rata for part-time staff. This addition will be divided
into 12 equal monthly payments, will cease on 31 March 2014
and will be noted separately on payslips
Hours of Duty
Superannuation
Salary is paid monthly by Bank Credit Transfer.
The hours of the post are 30 per week.
Start and finish times will be determined by the needs of the
service.
Membership of the NHS Superannuation Scheme is not
compulsory but is open to all staff between the ages of 16 and
70 (65 in some instances).
The contributions paid are a percentage of superannuable pay,
which is essentially basic pay excluding, for example, overtime
or travelling expenses.
Contribution rates with effect from 01.04.13 are as follows:
Annual Pensionable Pay
(Full-time equivalent)
Up to £15,278
£15,279 to £21,175
£21,176 to £26,557
£26,558 to £48,982
£48,983 to £69,931
£69,932 to £110,273
£110,274 and over
Annual Leave
Contribution
5%
5.3%
6.8%
9.0%
11.3%
12.3%
13.3%
Contributions are subject to tax relief and reduced National
Insurance contributions. NHS Tayside also makes a substantial
contribution towards scheme benefits – currently around 14% of
basic pay.
On appointment = 27 days (pro rata for part-time Staff) or 5.4
weeks per year.
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After 5 years aggregated service = 29 days (pro rata for part-time
staff) or 5.8 weeks per year
After 10 years aggregated service = 33 days (pro rata for parttime staff) or 6.6 weeks per year
References
Occupational Health
Clearance
Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974
(Exclusions and
Exceptions) (Scotland)
Order 2003
Disclosure Scotland
Immigration, Asylum and
Nationality Act 2006
Public Holidays = 8 days (pro rata for part-time staff) or 1.6
weeks per year
All offers of appointment are subject to receipt of two satisfactory
references
All offers of appointment to new entrants to the National Health
Service are subject to a medical examination. Medical
examinations are arranged and undertaken by the Occupational
Health and Safety Advisory Service (OHSAS).
All current or spent criminal convictions, cautions, warnings or
any case pending must be disclosed prior to commencing in
employment as detailed on the application form.
Please note that having a conviction will not automatically debar
you from obtaining employment with NHS Tayside. Careful
consideration will be given to the relevance of the offence to the
particular post in question. However, if you are appointed, and it
is found that you did not reveal a previous conviction your
employment may be terminated.
The successful applicant will be required to become a member of
the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) in respect of
regulated work with protected adults.
It is a criminal offence for an employer to employ anyone who
does not have permission to live or work in the UK.
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to produce specific original
documentation at interview e.g. Passport, or full birth certificate
together with an official document giving the applicants
permanent National Insurance Number and name issued by a
Government Agency or a previous employer, as well as
photocopies of these documents.
Professional Registration/ New entrants to NHS Tayside will be required to achieve the
Induction Standards &
mandatory Induction Standards for Healthcare Support Workers
Code of Conduct
(HCSWs) in Scotland and comply with the Code of Conduct for
HCSWs throughout your employment.
Internal candidates will be required to comply with the Code of
Conduct for HCSWs
Smoking Policy
Smoking is prohibited within NHS premises and grounds.
Applications
Completed forms should be returned to:
[email protected] quoting the job reference in the
subject line
or
to Human Resources Directorate, NHS Tayside, Perth Royal
Infirmary, Perth PH1 1NX
By closing date of Wednesday 12 February 2014
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