Full Job Description – Health Care Assistants

Main aims of the job

  • To be part of the nursing team, whose aims are to ensure that residents’ nursing, personal and psychological needs are met on a daily basis.
  • To help promote as much personal and physical independence and choice as possible in the activities of daily living undertaken by the residents within the Nursing Home.
  • To help maintain a stimulating and attractive environment for the residents.

Key Responsibilities

  • To assist in the direct care provision of all aspects of the service users assessed needs, which may include;
  • To assist residents in washing, dressing and undressing.
  • To participate in the basic nursing care of the residents under the supervision of trained staff e.g. bed bathing, pressure area, mouth care, and eye care.
  • To assist the residents with their toileting needs, including continence promotion.
  • To change beds, tidy residents’ rooms and do light cleaning.
  • To empty aids, where appropriate.
  • To assist with problems with mobility, including those of mobility aids, where appropriate.
  • To help in the serving of meals and drinks, feeding those residents who are unable to feed themselves and ensuring that each resident receives the meal or diet that he/she has requested and is suitable for his/her needs.
  • To help with the admission and discharge of residents, including listing of resident’s property/clothing.
  • To convey relevant information about the service users to the nurse in charge, in order that the individual plan of care may be regularly updated and appropriate care given, paying particular attention to any changes observed in the service users physical or psychological condition.
  • Assist in weighing of residents.
  • Report immediately to the nurse in charge, any accident or untoward incident, which may occur to a resident or a member of staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding resident’s particulars.
  • Assist in activities within the Home.
  • To help to maintain a safe environment for staff, residents and visitors, through awareness of health and safety policies and by attending training as required.
  • To attend appropriate training programmes/courses as available, which will further existing knowledge.
  • Answer the telephone, take clear messages and contact the nurse in charge immediately.
  • To undertake any other duties as required, in order to keeping the Nursing Home running smoothly, as delegated by the trained nursing staff or Home Manager.

General

  • To attend and participate in staff meetings and attend all mandatory training when required
  • To attend supervision and appraisals ensuring that you have prepared for these when required
  • To attend any other training when a need has been identified
  • To assist with domestic duties in the home including cooking cleaning and laundry when the need arises
  • To communicate effectively with other staff, relatives and visitors including professional agencies regarding residents
  • To be fully aware of the fire policy and the awareness of food hygiene regulations
  • To be familiar with all current policies and procedures and understand your duty to comply and implement them when necessary
  • To wear uniform provided with plain black trousers and flat sensible shoes at all times
  • Ensure that you do not use a mobile telephone while on duty
  • To ensure that all information of a confidential nature gained in the course of duty is not divulged to third parties
  • To keep all records of domestic work completed after each shift in the appropriate book
  • Understand your duty to whistleblow if you witness bad practice or harm to a resident within the Home
  • To promote and ensure the good reputation of the Home at all times

Health and Safety

  • To ensure that you work in a safe environment in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act
  • To assist in the maintenance of a Safe and Healthy Working environment by understanding and ensuring adherence to the Homes’ Health and Safety Policy and Procedures including Fire
  • To practice and promote safe working practices within the Home
  • To take responsibility for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your acts or omissions
  • To be fully aware and comply with infection control policies and procedures and appropriate hand hygiene technique
  • To report immediately to the Nurse in charge, any illness of an infectious nature or accident incurred by a resident, colleague, self or another
  • To report to the Matron, Maintenance man or Nurse in charge of any faults, damaged furniture, faulty appliances, equipment or any potential hazard
  • The Home has adopted a NO SMOKING policy which applies to all posts within the Home. Smoking may be carried out in a designated area which can be found on the ground floor.
  • This job description is intended to give the post holder an appreciation of the role envisaged and the range of duties required. However, it is not definitive and may be subject to periodic view.

Qualifications, Training and Experience

  • Basic experience is essential for this role
  • To have a genuine interest for older people
  • To be willing to participate in National Vocational Training Programmes
  • To have good communication skills
  • To have the ability to work effectively within a team environment

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