Healthcare Assistant

The Job

Permanent contracts with various shifts, based in Aylesford,Kent
Salary: from £7.60 to £ 8.50 per hour

Gavin Astor House is located within the Royal British Legion Village, is a high dependency nursing facility with 50 beds, providing 24 hour nursing care to Armed Forces Veterans and other people with physical disabilties.

You will be working within the Home delivering outstanding care to adults from the age of 18+ who either have a physical disability or have been assessed as needing nursing care.

Main Purpose of Job:
To provide high standards of care to all residents as directed by, and under the supervision of nursing staff. Work in a team environment.

Your Key Responsibilities:
  Attend to the comfort and personal appearance and hygiene of residents at all times including dressing, undressing, toileting, bathing, combing hair, assisting with dentures and hearing aids
  Take and chart observations of residents including weight, food and liquid intakes/outputs. Perform simple tests of urine, complete charts and Care Assistant records as directed
  Prepare food trays and eating areas, prepare residents for meals. Provide assistance to residents with eating as needed. Clear away trays and crockery
  Tidy Residents rooms and cupboards, keeping clothing and possessions in order
  Make beds and change bed linen. Dispose of soiled linen in accordance with Home procedures. Bag linen for collection
  Escort residents to hospital, dentist, shops etc or other approved excursions
  Assist with social care needs
  Provide key worker support to specific residents following key worker guidelines
  Assist with the reception and orientation of new residents in a reassuring manner, listing the residents clothing and other property
  Attend and participate in training sessions and staff meetings when required
  Be aware of, and at all times comply with, all relevant company policies and procedures and all relevant statutory responsibilities including fire arrangements, health and safety issues including moving and handling, COSHH regulations, maintaining records diligently and accurately as required
  Any other reasonable task requested by a Senior member of staff or Manager, which is within your competence.

The Requirements

Personal Attributes:
  Of high integrity
  A self motivated, resilient & tenacious self starter with strong team ethics
  Empathetic and approachable whilst ensuring that boundaries are maintained
  Flexible, reliable and responsive to change
  Good interpersonal skills

Skills Required:
  Basic numeracy & literacy skills
  Demonstrates a basic understanding of the needs of the patient and the role of the HCA
  Proven customer care / carer experience
  Must be over 18
  The job is a physical one and often requires manual handling, so a good level of fitness is required
  Experience of caring, or able to demonstrate knowledge of what care assistants do, ideally in a nursing home environment.
  Knowledge of Health and Safety in the workplace
RBLI offer 20 days holiday per annum pro rata, a Group Flexible Retirement Plan, Life Assurance and Childcare Vouchers.

If you wish to be considered for the above roles, forward your CV and covering letter including a supporting statement to

* RBLI reserves the right to remove a vacancy at any time prior to the published closing date

RBLI is committed to Safeguarding and as such will require all successful candidates to undergo enhanced DBS and reference checks.

RBLI is an equal opportunities employer.