Health Care Assistant

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Closing Date: 24/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary Depending on experience
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced Health Care Assistant whose work will vary dependent on their skill set.

Venipuncture will be a necessary task. This position is open to full or part-time applicants as we are not replacing a like-for-like role.

We are a forward-thinking practice who encourages career development, and we would support education and training.

For more information, an informal chat or to arrange a visit to the practice please contact Liz Stewart Practice Manager on 01325 332022.

Main duties of the job

Undertake new patient health checks

· Support the practice nurse with health promotion programmes

· Carry out baseline observations such as pulse oximitery, blood pressure, temperature, pulse rate, recording findings accurately

· Facilitate routine and 24-hour BP monitoring, advising patients accordingly

· Undertake wound care, dressings and other clinical tasks as required

· Support the practice nurse with the management of chronic disease clinics

· Carry out BMI checks as directed

· Act as a chaperone as required

· When trained, undertake venepuncture

· When trained, administer flu vaccinations

· When trained, carry out ear irrigation under the supervison of the practice nurse

· Carry out ECGs as requested

· Ensure specimens are recorded and ready for onward transportation

· Provide support during minor operations as required

· Ensure all clinical rooms are adequately stocked and prepared for each session

· Ensure fridges are cleaned routinely in accordance with extant guidance

· Ensure clinical waste is removed from clinical areas and sharps bins replaced in accordance with the practice IPC policy

· Deliver opportunistic health promotion where appropriate

About us

St George’s Medical Practice is a friendly practice located in Middleton St George (between Darlington and Yarm) serving 5600 patients. We are due to move into a new purpose-built surgery in 2023.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Health Care Assistant to join us. Our current team consists of 3 GP Partners, a Nurse Practitioner and a two Practice Nurses.

Job description

Job responsibilities

All staff at St George’s Medical Practice have a duty to conform to the following:

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

A good attitude and positive action towards ED&I creates and environment where all individuals are able to achieve their full potential. Creating such an environment is important for three reasons: it improves operational effectiveness, it is morally the right thing to do, and it is required by law.

Patients and their families have the right to be treated fairly and be routinely involved in decisions about their treatment and care. They can expect to be treated with dignity and respect and will not be discriminated against on any grounds including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Patients have a responsibility to treat other patients and our staff with dignity and respect.

Staff have the right to be treated fairly in recruitment and career progression. Staff can expect to work in an environment where diversity is valued and equality of opportunity is promoted. Staff will not be discriminated against on any grounds including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Staff have a responsibility to ensure that you treat our patients and their colleagues with dignity and respect.

Safety, Health, Environment and Fire (SHEF)

This practice is committed to supporting and promoting opportunities to for staff to maintain their health, well-being and safety. You have a duty to take reasonable care of health and safety at work for you, your team and others, and to cooperate with employers to ensure compliance with health and safety requirements. All personnel are to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Environmental Protection Act 1990, Environment Act 1995, Fire Precautions (workplace) Regulations 1999 and other statutory legislation.


This practice is committed to maintaining an outstanding confidential service. Patients entrust and permit us to collect and retain sensitive information relating to their health and other matters, pertaining to their care. They do so in confidence and have a right to expect all staff will respect their privacy and maintain confidentiality at all times. It is essential that if, the legal requirements are to be met and the trust of our patients is to be retained that all staff protect patient information and provide a confidential service.

Quality & Continuous Improvement (CI)

To preserve and improve the quality of our output, all personnel are required to think not only of what they do, but how they achieve it. By continually re-examining our processes, we will be able to develop and improve the overall effectiveness of the way we work. The responsibility for this rests with everyone working within the practice to look for opportunities to improve quality and share good practice.

This practice continually strives to improve work processes which deliver health care with improved results across all areas of our service provision. We promote a culture of continuous improvement, where everyone counts and staff are permitted to make suggestions and contributions to improve our service delivery and enhance patient care.

Induction Training

On arrival at the practice all personnel are to complete a practice induction programme; this is managed by the Deputy Practice Manager.

Learning and Development

The effective use of training and development is fundamental in ensuring that all staff are equipped with the appropriate skills, knowledge, attitude and competences to perform their role. All staff will be required to partake and complete mandatory training as directed by the training coordinator, as well as participating in the practice training programme. Staff will also be permitted (subject to approval) to undertake external training courses which will enhance their knowledge and skills, progress their career and ultimately, enable them to improve processes and service delivery.

Collaborative Working

All staff are to recognise the significance of collaborative working. Teamwork is essential in multidisciplinary environments. Effective communication is essential and all staff must ensure they communicate in a manner which enables the sharing of information in an appropriate manner.

Service Delivery

Staff at St George’s Medical Practice must adhere to the information contained with practice policies and regional directives, ensuring protocols are adhered to at all times. Staff will be given detailed information during the induction process regarding policy and procedure.


The security of the practice is the responsibility of all personnel. Staff must ensure they remain vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activity immediately to their line manager. Under no circumstances are staff to share the codes for the door locks to anyone and are to ensure that restricted areas remain effectively secured.

Professional Conduct

At St George’s Medical Practice, staff are required to dress appropriately for their role. Administrative staff will be provided with a uniform whilst clinical staff must dress in accordance with their role.


All personnel are entitled to take leave. Line managers are to ensure all of their staff are afforded the opportunity to take a minimum of 25 days leave each year, and should be encouraged to take all of their leave entitlement.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working with the general public
  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting


  • Experience of working in a primary care environment



  • Flexibility to work outside of core office hours
  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Occupational Health Clearance


  • n/a



  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Strong IT skills
  • Clear, polite telephone manner
  • Effective time management (Planning & Organising)
  • Ability to work as a team member and autonomously
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to follow clinical policy and procedure


  • Competent in the use of Office and Outlook
  • EMIS / Systmone / Vision user skills

Personal Qualities


  • Polite and confident
  • Flexible and cooperative
  • Motivated
  • Problem solver with the ability to process information accurately and effectively, interpreting data as required
  • High levels of integrity and loyalty
  • Sensitive and empathetic in distressing situations
  • Ability to work under pressure / in stressful situations
  • Effectively able to communicate and understand the needs of the patient
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Effectively utilises resources
  • Punctual and committed to supporting the team effort


  • n/a



  • Healthcare qualification (level 3 or 4) or working towards gaining equivalent level


  • Phlebotomy certification
  • Ear syringing certification

Clinical Skills and Knowledge


  • n/a


  • Wound Care / Removal of sutures & staples
  • ECGs
  • Venepuncture
  • New patient medicals inc. Height, weight, BP, Pulse
  • Chaperone procedure
  • Spirometry
  • Ability to record accurate clinical notes

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

NHS North Of England Commissioning Support Unit

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