Band 2 - Healthcare Assistant - West Hertfordshire Hospitals - COVID-19 in Watford General Hospital, Watford

Job description

As an employer of nearly 5,000 staff, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is the place to be. Having have been shortlisted over the last three years for 18 national people related awards and most recently winning the Nursing Times award for Best UK Employer 2019 we are immensely proud of our achievements.

We have lots to shout about! Despite having lots of challenges, we’ve worked really hard to make West Herts a great place to work. The good news is we’re really starting to see the results of our efforts. We’re one of the few NHS organisations across the UK to have achieved a phenomenal 0% nurse vacancy rate within our adult inpatient areas. We have also recently secured over £450m capital funding to transform our sites and give our patients and colleagues within #teamwestherts the working environment they deserve.

We’re not going to lie, it’s been a tough few months but if the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything it’s that the NHS is an amazing team!

We want you to become part of Team West Herts!

As a Healthcare assistant you be be an essential part of the nursing team. You will do a fantastic job providing care and support to our patients.

You will need to be the kind of person who puts their patients first providing the best care for every patient, every day.

You will provide hands on personal care for your patients whilst encouraging them to be as independent as possible.

You do not need any experience in the care sector, but we ask that you have a realistic understanding of what the job involves. We therefore encourage you to read the attached job description and person specification.

Are you up for the challenge? If so please submit your application as soon as possible, making sure you tell us why you want to work as a Healthcare Assistant.

Once you have experience in the role, if you are looking to progress we have fantastic opportunities within the Trust for you to complete a Healthcare Assistant Apprenticeship or to go on to complete the Nursing Associate program. These opportunities are fully supported and financed by the Trust. Please ask us for more information if you are interested.


We are recruiting for full time positions covering a 24 hour, 7 day a week shift pattern (rotational shifts, with enhanced pay for weekends and nights).

Posts involve working 3 long days/nights per week with 1 week in 4 working a 4 day week.

Shifts are 12.5 hours long (this includes an hour allocated for breaks). Shifts start at 7:15am - 7:45pm or 7:15pm - 7:45am. Shifts will cover 7 days per week, days, nights and Bank Holidays.

We cannot accommodate set shift patterns, day or night only shifts. If you are unable to commit to the working pattern, as detailed above, we would suggest that you apply to join NHS Professionals.

We have positions available in a variety of areas and you will be placed where the need is greatest therefore we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in a specific area.

We offer an excellent pension scheme, annual leave allowance and family friendly policies, NHS Staff Discounts and salary sacrifice schemes.

You will be required to complete the ‘Care Certificate’ qualification as part of your on-going training. The Care Certificate is an agreed set of standards that define the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of specific job roles in the health and social care sectors. The qualification is made up of the 15 minimum standards that should be covered if you are 'new to care' and will form part of a robust induction programme.

Extra information

Watford General Hospital, Watford
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Type of Job
Health / Medical
Full UK/EU driving license preferred
Car Preferred
Must be eligible to work in the EU
Cover Letter Required
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