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INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
POST OF:
BASE:
REF NO:
Nursing Assistant
N/617/13
University Hospital Crosshouse
Thank you for applying for the above post with NHS Ayrshire & Arran. This information sheet
summarises the terms and conditions related to the post.
Please note if you provide us with an email address on your application form any future
correspondence regarding this post will be emailed to you. If you do not wish to receive this
correspondence by email then please contact us as soon as possible.
A job description and person specification for the post are attached.
This post is Permanent
The salary for the post is based on the Band 2 salary scale which is currently £14,653 to
£17,425 per annum (pro rata for part time posts).
The hours for the post are 24 per week. You will be required to be flexibly with your shift
patterns working short shifts over several days.
DISCLOSURE SCOTLAND
PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE GROUPS (PVG) SCHEME
The following provides information relevant to the post you have applied for and requires your
attention and completion.
PVG MEMBERSHIP
The post you have applied for is considered to be in the category of “Regulated Work” as
defined by the above scheme and successful candidate(s) will be required to be a member of
the scheme prior to commencing employment.
Membership currently costs £59.00. The cost of membership, if you are successful in your
application, will be paid by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
EXISTING PVG MEMBER
Applicants who are already a PVG member will require to confirm their membership and the
regulated workforce this covers, eg, Adults, Children or both. Prior to employment, NHS
Ayrshire and Arran will determine whether the current level of membership is appropriate for
the post offered. If further membership to cover another regulated workforce is required, the
conditions of membership as stated above will be applied. If however the level of current
membership is appropriate, NHS Ayrshire and Arran will seek a Scheme Record Update
(SRU) and will both pay and incur the costs associated with obtaining the update.
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Further information on the scheme can be found on the Disclosure Scotland website at
www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
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PVG SCHEME MEMBERSHIP MANDATE
(Please complete Sections 1+2 and return with your application)
Section 1. Personal details (* circle as applicable)
Name ____________________________
Post Reference Number:
Post Applied for: ___________________
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Are you currently a member of the PVG Scheme
*YES/NO
If YES, please provide
Membership Number _________________
Date of Membership _______________
Date of last Scheme Record Update (if applicable)
Member of which Regulated Workforce:
*Adult
__________________________
*Children
*Both
Section 2. Declaration
I understand if my application for this position is successful, I will require to become a
member of the scheme covering the appropriate regulated workforce.
Signed:
Name:
______________________________
______________________________
Section 3 - For office use only
Full membership required Yes/No
Update only:
Yes/No
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Date: _______________________
Post Ref no: _________________
Regulated workforce:
Adult / Children / Both
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GENERAL CONDITIONS:
Conditions of Service - The conditions of service are those laid down and amended from
time to time by the appropriate negotiating bodies e.g. NHS Staff Council/NHS Pay
Negotiating Council.
Annual Leave – The leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Annual leave entitlement
for full time staff on appointment is 202.5 hours (27 days), with 217.5 hours (29 days)
upon completion of 5 years NHS service and 247.50 hours (33 days) after 10 years NHS
service. Entitlements for part time will be pro rata.
Public Holidays – Public holiday entitlement for full time staff is 60 hours based on the 8
designated Public Holidays per annum, and on a 5 day week working 7.5 hours per day.
The 60 hours entitlement is due to all whole time staff irrespective of work pattern. For
part time staff, this will be applied on a pro rata basis and also allocated in hours.
KSF - The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework is essentially a development tool but
will also contribute to decisions about pay progression. It will promote equality for and
diversity of all staff, having the same opportunities for learning, development and review.
It will promote effectiveness at work – with managers and staff being clear about what is
required within a post. It will support effective learning and development of individuals –
with all members of staff being supported to learn throughout their careers.
Pensions - Employees are automatically opted into the NHS (Scotland) Superannuation
Scheme. Contributions are at the rate of 5% up until £15,278, then will rise up to 5.3%
thereafter.
Employees may opt out by obtaining and completing the relevant Opt Out form from the
Scottish Public Pensions Agency website.
Disabled Applicants - A disability or health problem does not preclude full consideration for
the job and applications from people with disabilities are welcome. All information will be
treated as confidential. NHS Ayrshire & Arran has been approved, by the Employment
Services Department, as an Equal Opportunities employer with a positive policy towards
employment of disabled people. NHS Ayrshire & Arran guarantees to interview all applicants
with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the post.
You will note on our application form we ask for relevant information with regards to your
disability. This is simply to ensure that we can assist you, if you are called for interview, to
have every opportunity to present your application in full. We may call you to discuss your
needs in more detail if you are selected for interview.
Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and 2004 (Section 8) - The Asylum and Immigration Act
1996 and 2004 requires employment checks to ensure that all employees are legally
employed in the United Kingdom. Candidates will be asked to provide relevant original
documents prior to an offer of employment being made. Any offer of employment will only be
made when the organisation is satisfied that the candidate is the rightful holder of the
documents and is legally eligible for employment within the United Kingdom.
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Relocation Expenses - Relocation expenses may be payable to the successful
candidate, in accordance with the Policy. This is available on request from the
Department of O&HR Development. Candidates who require to relocate to take up post,
should discuss this with the interview panel.
Medical Examination - Any offer of employment is conditional upon a satisfactory
medical report from our Occupational Health Services. You may be offered employment
conditional on confirmation that you are medically fit for employment. A commencement
date for employment will only be agreed following this confirmation.
Policy Relating to Staff with Bloodborne Virus Infection - Candidates for posts which
involve exposure prone procedures will not be allowed to commence employment until
they have been assessed as fit to perform EPPs by Occupational Health. The preemployment screening must be completed prior to any job offer being made. Where a
candidate is not able to perform EPPs, Occupational Health will notify the appropriate
manager that the candidate is ‘fit with restrictions’ and is unable to perform EPPs. The
health status of the individual will not normally be notified to management. Where the
restrictions recommended by Occupational Health are unable to be accommodated due
to the clinical duties of any of the posts within the staff groups specified in the policy, an
offer of employment to the post will not be made.
Candidates who are not offered employment due to being deemed unfit to undertake
EPPs as an essential requirement for a post, may be offered the opportunity to apply for
another advertised vacant post and be considered with other applicants. The preemployment screening for EPP posts above do not apply to staff undertaking non-EPP
posts who could have direct contact with blood, bloodstained body fluids or patients’
tissue in the course of their work activities. These staff will be offered and strongly
advised to be immunised against Hepatitis B in line with the Immunisation Policy including
recall for boosters and further antibody checks.
References - Two satisfactory written references must be obtained prior to any offer of
employment being made. These should include current and previous employers as
requested in the job application form. This is in line with the Recruitment and Selection
Policy.
YOUR APPLICATION:
Informal Enquiries - Informal enquiries are welcomed by Maureen Fleming, Charge Nurse
who can be contacted on 27955.
Closing Date - Your completed application form should be submitted by 9th October 2013 via
the online application form on the SHOW website. Alternatively your completed application
form can be returned to the address below or can be e-mailed to
[email protected]
Department of O&HR Development
63A Lister Street
University Hospital Crosshouse
KILMARNOCK
Ayrshire
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
LOCATION - AYRSHIRE
Situated in attractive south-west Scotland on the Firth of Clyde coastline is the glorious
countryside of Ayrshire which you’ll soon discover is a very special corner of Scotland.
Ayrshire roads are quiet, the countryside peaceful but even so its easy to get here by road,
rail, or air.
Local attractions include country parks, museums - there’s Robert Burns and 1000’s of years
of history and heritage to enjoy, sports - sailing, watersports, swimming, riding, golf to mention
but a few.
Starting in the North at the family resort of Largs the coastal route runs south through the
seaports of Ardrossan and Saltcoats to Irvine - Scotland’s only New Town by the sea. From
Irvine you can take in the breathtaking beauty of the Ayrshire countryside - visit Kilmarnock
with its famous Dean Castle and Country Park then inland through the lace making towns of
Galston, Newmilns and Darvel. Further south and you are in Doon Valley - the heart of
Ayrshire’s industrial heritage. Back on the coastal route south of Irvine is Troon, another
popular resort and the start of Ayrshire’s famous Golf Coast. On this stretch of Ayrshire
Coast Ayr is the premier resort and is also the ideal base for exploring the Burns Heritage
Trail and visiting Burn’s birthplace in Alloway.
From Ayr the coastal route to Girvan includes the picturesque harbour village of Dunure and
the National Trust’s major attraction - Culzean Castle. Inland is the ancient capital of Carrick Maybole with its castle and tollbooth. Here in South Ayrshire the nearby Carrick forests and
hills offer superb walking country. The popular seaside town of Girvan would be your last port
of call or you could continue southwards to Ballantrae along a spectacular rugged coastline
notorious in the past as a haven for smugglers.
From North to South the countryside is very varied with something to suit everyone - we like
living and working here - and think you will too!
WITHIN EASY ACCESS TO GLASGOW
Most locations within Ayrshire are also within easy access of Glasgow by rail or road with all
the benefits and attractions found in a major city.
TOBACCO POLICY
We aim to provide a no smoking environment for staff, patients and visitors with smoking only
permitted in designated smoking areas. Smoking Cessation Promoters are appointed in key
locations and actively encourage staff, patients and visitors through the provision of
information and access to support to give up smoking.
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ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY
NHS Ayrshire & Arran operates an Alcohol and Drug Policy to protect the safety of all
patients, visitors and staff with the aim of promoting well being and reducing harm.
STAFF BENEFITS:
STAFF LOTTERY
The Board has set up a staff lottery and the cost of a chance in each monthly draw is
deducted directly from your wage/salary if you decide to enter the scheme. Half the proceeds
of the lottery are paid out as prizes and the remaining half is used to provide amenities,
facilities and services for both patients and staff.
During the year bumper prizes can be won and in the past these have included large cash
prizes, luxury holidays and cars.
STAFF DISCOUNTS
Information on Discounts given to staff by several local businesses will be available on taking
up employment.
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JOB DESCRIPTION
1. JOB IDENTIFICATION
Job Title:
NURSING AUXILIARY BAND 2
Responsible to (insert job title): CHARGE NURSE MAUREEN FLEMING
Department(s):
Directorate:
5E
ACUTE ELDERLY MEDICINE
Operating Division:
GENERAL HOSPITALS DIVISION
Job Reference:
N/617/13
No of Job Holders:
Last Update (insert date):
17 December 2008
2. JOB PURPOSE
The post holder actively participates in the delivery of care for patients in support of and
supervised by a registered nurse, as part of the multidisciplinary team within the ward/
department.
3. DIMENSIONS
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To carry out assigned workload involving direct patient care under the direction of a
registered nurse
The unit is a 30 bedded unit, delivering care and treatment to patients requiring acute
medical nursing and elderly assessment services
The post holder will work within the Medical Directorate and is employed by NHS
Ayrshire and Arran, General Hospitals Division
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4. ORGANISATIONAL POSITION
Charge Nurse
Deputy Charge Nurse
Staff Nurse
POST HOLDER
5. ROLE OF DEPARTMENT
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The overall role of the department is to meet the needs of clients requiring acute
medical and nursing intervention and elderly assessment services services, including
physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs
To promote and develop a high standard of nursing care
To promote and implement NHS policies and procedure
To promote a culture of openness, providing a learning environment where staff can
flourish
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6. KEY RESULT AREAS
Clinical
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Demonstrates delivery of a high standard of nursing care under the guidance and
supervision of registered nurses
Convey relevant information to and receive feedback from other members of the
multidisciplinary team
Demonstrate ability to perform specific clinical skills required within the department
Accurately records relevant information on appropriate documentation
Maintains agreed standards of care within the department
Ability to prioritise delegated workload to meet the needs of the service
Actively delivers patient care in accordance with the care plan as prescribed by the
registered nurse
Respects the privacy and dignity of patients at all times
Actively participates in health promotion and rehabilitation
Demonstrates adherence to NHS Ayrshire and Arran policies and procedures
Handles patients belongings according to NHS Ayrshire and Arran policy
Communication
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Maintains patient confidentiality at all times
Demonstrates the ability to effectively listen to others points of view
Communicates with all colleagues, patients, relatives, carers and other members of the
multidisciplinary team in a professional manner
Ensures written communication are accurate, appropriate and neatly recorded
Managing Resources
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Demonstrates economy in the use of supplies
Demonstrates an awareness of stock control systems and how they should be used
Actively participates in the care, cleaning and maintenance of department
stock/equipment
Actively undertakes general housekeeping to ensure a safe welcoming environment for
colleagues, patients and visitors
Demonstrates an understanding of adherence to health and safety policies and
procedures
Educational
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Actively participates in the in-service opportunities available
Acts as a trustworthy loyal member of staff at all times
Demonstrates commitment to speciality
Actively participates in departmental meetings
Maintains responsibilities for own personal development under the supervision and
guidance of registered nurses
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7a. EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY
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Use of hoists, wheelchairs, sliding sheets, electric beds, stroke chairs, pressure
relieving mattresses, etc on a frequent basis, which are required for the safe and
effective moving and handling of patients.
7b. SYSTEMS
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Daily maintenance of patient records, which includes updating fluid balance charts;
recording patients clothing and valuables
Frequent ordering of supplies for the department using a paper based stock control
system
8. ASSIGNMENT AND REVIEW OF WORK
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Work will be assigned primarily by the Ward Manager, deputy or shift leader, unless
patients requirements require initiative to be taken by Nursing Auxiliary who will report
back interventions required.
Tasks will be generated by activity within the ward environment.
Work review, appraisal and objective setting will occur regularly as part of the PDP
process
9. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS
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Managing and prioritising delegated workload relating to direct patient care on a shift by
shift basis
Ability to recognise a change in patient condition and know when to refer on to a
registered nurse
The ability to quickly assess and respond to patient needs in emergency situations
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10. MOST CHALLENGING/DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE JOB
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A high proportion of the job entails physical work and the post holder will require
moving and handling skills
Post holder must be able to work within confined spaces
The post holder must be able to adapt to a variable shift pattern (day/night)
Prioritising workload
Dealing with relatives, coping with challenging behaviours and high levels of public
expectation.
11. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
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Establishment & maintenance of effective communication with patients, relatives and all
members of the Multi-disciplinary Team, ensuring the needs of the patient are met.
Demonstrate empathy, sensitivity, support and reassurance when communicating with
patients, relatives and staff, and be polite and courteous at all times.
The main purpose of communication is regarding patient’s condition/ or issues relating
to patient care
12. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
PHYSICAL EFFORT/SKILLS:
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Working within Confined Spaces
Challenging Client Groups
Challenging Environment
Prolonged light to heavy physical effort including bending, walking, lifting, pushing and
operating equipment frequently during the course of a shift
Need to respond to emergency situations
MENTAL EFFORT/SKILLS:
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Requirement to assist in Emergency /Life or Death Situations on a daily basis
Competing Priorities
Dealing with Challenging Behaviours/Client Groups on a daily basis
Some unpredictable work patterns/circumstances
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EMOTIONAL EFFORT/SKILLS:
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Stressful situations
High levels of Public Expectation
Emergency Situations
On a daily basis exposure to distressed/angry/ upset carers/relatives
On a daily basis exposure to caring for acute/ chronic/ terminally ill patients
Potential exposure to violent and aggressive behaviours
ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB:
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Dealing with foul and offensive body fluids/odours.
Often working in hot and dry atmosphere, as wards required to keep ambient
temperature for patients.
Working within confined spaces.
13. KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB
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SVQII in healthcare or working towards or equivalent experience gained working in a
caring environment/role
The post holder is required to possess a caring, friendly disposition
An ability to work with people as part of a multidisciplinary team
The ability to prioritise assigned workload
The following mandatory training will be required:
Induction
Basic life support
Moving/handling
Violence/aggression
Fire lecture
Other topics related to area of work e.g. pressure area care, continence care
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PERSON SPECIFICATION
JOB TITLE:- BAND 2 NURSING ASSISTANT MEDICINE FOR OLDER ADULTS
Categories
Essential
Qualifications
SVQ II in healthcare/working towards
or equivalent experience
Knowledge
Ability to deliver a high standard of
care
Personal
Qualities
Skills
Desirable
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Excellent communication
skills
 Excellent interpersonal skills
and team working
 Motivation
 Flexible and responsive to
change
 Ability to prioritise workload
 Ability to work on own
initiative whilst recognizing
own limitations
 Ability to participate in daily
documentation of patient
records
Other
requirements.
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Willingness to expand on
knowledge and clinical skills
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Sense of humour
Shows initiative
Positive thinker
Basic computer skills
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