ST JOSEPH S HOSPICE JOB DESCRIPTION HEALTHCARE ASSISTANT. Ward Manager / Director of Care Services (In-patient Unit)

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1 ST JOSEPH S HOSPICE JOB DESCRIPTION HEALTHCARE ASSISTANT GRADE: Band 2 REPORTS TO: ACCOUNTABLE TO: Ward Manager / Charge Nurse Ward Manager / Director of Care Services (In-patient Unit) JOB PURPOSE The post holder will be responsible for the provision of nursing care to palliative care patients and for maintaining a homely, supportive and stimulating in-patient environment in order to improve or sustain, as far as possible, the patients quality of life. The post holder will work as member of the ward team and, with supervision, assist the trained nurse in all aspects of basic nursing care. BACKGROUND STATEMENT The post holder will be a member of a ward nursing team, but flexible to work on all the other Hospice wards when required, and may include caring for the patient when the patient is outside the Hospice, e.g. on escorts. The post holder is part of the multidisciplinary team and, as patients come from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, the post holder must be sensitive to and respectful of this. St Joseph s Hospice practices a model of team nursing and each individual must demonstrate commitment to implement this approach in nursing care. This post holder is required to demonstrate competency in practice as detailed in the St Joseph s Hospice competency framework. Specialist palliative care is delivered continuously over 24 hours and during this timeframe, in the absence of the Ward Manager, the Charge Nurse has the delegated responsibility for the overall management of the shift of the ward. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Under the direction of the Registered Nurse: Ensure that the palliative care unit is run in an effective and caring manner in order to promote a happy and secure environment for patients, relatives, visitors and staff. Keep the ward tidy and promote high standards at all times. Adhere to good infection control practice as per policy. 1 of 5

2 Assist patients with their personal care and advise on health needs within the limits of the role, seeking advice as necessary from members of the multi-disciplinary team Assist in admitting patients to the ward, which includes receiving patients from the ambulance and helping them settle into the ward, offering tea and coffee, orientating to the layout and ward routine. Have good communication skills and be able to use the telephone. Read, familiarise themselves with and follow the prescribed plan of care, writing clearly in the daily nursing reports on care given, and ensuring that the report is countersigned by a registered nurse. Welcome, assist and advise patients relatives and friends, whilst always observing confidentiality. Provide emotional support to patients, their relatives and friends. Assist patients in their choice of food and, in discussion with the registered nurse and the dietician, advise if their diet / food consistency has to be changed Order patients menu daily from the kitchen. Help patients at mealtimes, in line with their specific needs as identified in the care plan. Take patients to the garden, tea bar, etc. Ensure at all times the safe custody of patients property, as per St Joseph s policy. Maintain a good level of nursing stock and equipment and assist with ordering, advising the registered nurse when these are running low. Contribute to a comprehensive departmental induction and in-service ongoing training for nursing auxiliaries and volunteers in the in-patient area. Sit with dying patients. Perform last offices when a patient dies, following the patient s wishes or beliefs. Take patients to the mortuary when required, with dignity and sensitivity. Assist other members of the multidisciplinary team, as required, e.g. Physiotherapist, when moving a patient. Escort patients to outpatient appointments and, whilst out, continue to be the patient s advocate, particularly if they cannot advocate for themselves. Be aware of all regulations regarding the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff and report and record all accidents, incidents and complaints to the registered nurse. Understand the safe handling and storage of oxygen. COMMUNICATION Regularly participate in nursing handover. Occasionally participate in multidisciplinary meetings. Help new staff to settle into the ward routine. PROFESSIONAL Attend relevant study days, particularly statutory in-service training. Bring new knowledge back to the team. 2 of 5

3 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES Comply with and promote St Joseph s Hospice Equal Opportunity Policy and avoid any behaviour which discriminates against colleagues, potential employees, patients/clients or their families on the grounds of sex, marital status, race, age, belief, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion, disability, creed, class, gender or sexual orientation. MISSION & CORE VALUES All Hospice staff are expected to work in line with St Joseph s Mission & Core Values as these precepts act as a value base which directly influences how all work activities are undertaken. The ethos of the Hospice should be apparent in the behaviours and attitudes of all employees as the work they undertake, whether it is direct or indirect care is ultimately for the benefit of patients. The Mission and Core Values are an integral part of all job descriptions, the probationary period and performance and development reviews. (full details are attached) HEALTH & SAFETY Ensure a safe working environment and be aware of responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act, taking appropriate action in the event of an accident to patients, staff, self or any other person in the work area. St Joseph s Hospice operates a no smoking policy. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION WILL BE REVIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES AND MAY INCLUDE OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, FOLLOWING DISCUSSION WITH JOB HOLDER AND THEIR MANAGER Job Des Healthcare Assistant July of 5

4 MISSION STATEMENT OF ST. JOSEPH S HOSPICE Our Mission is: 1) To treat each individual as unique Valuing them without distinction or judgement Respecting their culture Respecting their beliefs be they religious or otherwise 2) To enable all to reach their full potential until death Valuing what they have to offer Respecting the autonomy of the individual Encouraging them to participate in their own care, together with their family and friends 3) To confront the patient s pain and distress whether physical, mental, social or spiritual Through close co-operation between all of the disciplines involved in the care of the patient and family members 4) To encourage openness and honesty when communicating with the patient and family members By respecting the patient s wish to question or remain silent By respecting the patient s confidentiality at all times 5) To create an atmosphere where healing can occur Through meeting the patient s needs as a person Through accepting the terminal dimensions of the illness Through a holistic approach of care 6) To show particular concern for staff at all levels Through consultation and participation in decision making Through staff support 7) To be committed to education, research and an ethical approach to care Through the work of the Study Centre and Ethics Committee Ensuring that research projects are carried out when deemed appropriate 8) To be committed to the development of palliative care Throughout the United Kingdom And further afield 9) To participate actively in National Associations Of the various palliative care disciplines medical, nursing, social work and chaplaincy 4 of 5

5 CORE VALUES OF THE RELIGIOUS SISTERS OF CHARITY RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY We respect human dignity when we: Respect the sacredness of life Care for the whole person Demonstrate unity of purpose, while recognising individual differences Value each person s contribution Act in a culturally appropriate manner SERVICE / QUALITY We provide service when we: Create an environment of welcome and hospitality Promote quality care and excellence Encourage and demonstrate team spirit Recognise the value of individual initiatives and ideas Show an openness to constructive criticism and feedback CARE OF THE POOR AND VULNERABLE / ADVOCACY We care for the poor and vulnerable when we: Listen attentively to identify unmet needs Respond in a practical way to those in need Collaborate with others to share resources Create access to needed services Provide basic resources for daily living to those in need COMPASSION We show compassion when we: Act with understanding and sensitivity Work cooperatively with others Are available to those we serve and to each other Respect and nurture the environment JUSTICE We promote justice when we: Act with integrity Respect the rights of others Take responsibility for our actions Preserve resources Provide quality without extravagance Demonstrate fairness in decision making Affirm, celebrate and develop the gifts and talents of each person Model justice in all aspects of business practice 5 of 5

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