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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/04/2020.

Band 2 Bedside Buddy

Job Reference: 290-A-BB

Employer:
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Department:
Covid 19
Location:
London, Trustwide
Salary:
£22,478 - £23,810 pa inc

Fulfil your potential in hospitals that make history:

Charing Cross, Hammersmith, St Mary’s, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and Western Eye.

With five world-renowned hospitals, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is full of opportunity if you are looking to develop your healthcare career.

We are an NHS Trust of 12,000 people, providing care for over a million and a half patients from north west London and beyond every year. We have a rich heritage and an ambitious vision for the future of our patients and local communities.

With our partners, Imperial College London, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, we form Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, one of 6 academic health science centres in the UK, working to ensure the rapid translation of research for better patient care and excellence in education.

We are proud of our heritage in innovation and we are early adopters of new insights in technologies, techniques and treatments for improving health.


Be a Bedside Buddy

What is a bedside buddy?

A bedside buddy is a unique new role created during this period of unprecedented demand on our services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. You will provide vital one-to-one care for patients in critical care environments, closely observing and providing direct care, as well as keeping the bedside area and other spaces clean and safe. You’ll be under the supervision of qualified nurses, doctors and other members of the critical care team.

Who can be a bedside buddy?

Anyone with a keen interest in supporting others can become a bedside buddy, provided you have occupational health clearance and are happy to undertake appropriate training. If you possess a background in healthcare that’s advantageous – you may be a healthcare assistant or healthcare support worker, a medical student or pre-registration allied health professional, or perhaps you’ve worked as a carer in the past and now occupy a non-patient facing role.

What is the role of a bedside buddy?

To provide vital support to critical care staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. This will require you to:

  • wear PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • help with personal care, including washing patients under supervision
  • record and chart vital signs from a monitor (temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure etc.)
  • escalate concerns if there are any changes in the patient’s condition, as directed
  • help make patients as comfortable as possible
  • stock up and maintain the bed area and other ICU areas
  • carry out bed space cleaning and four-hourly damp dusting
  • provide a range of movement exercises after assessment by, and under the advice of, a physiotherapist

What training will be provided?

  • PPE - including donning and doffing, FFP3 mask fit testing
  • patient care – including personal care and repositioning in ICU
  • care of lines and tubes, checking infusion pumps under supervision
  • recognising signs that require escalation
  • clinical monitoring as required
  • cleaning bed spaces and disposing of waste
  • communication and wellbeing
  • ICU orientation

The NHS faces a period of unprecedented demand. In the face of the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is your chance to save lives and make a difference.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Kathryn Johnson imperial.covid19resourcing@nhs.net




At Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust you can achieve extraordinary things with extraordinary people. You’ll be working with leading clinicians pushing boundaries in patient care. Become part of a vibrant team living our values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. You’ll get an experience like no other and will fast forward your career.

Benefits include opportunities for career development, flexible working and wellbeing, plus a staff recognition scheme. Also, take advantage of optional benefits including the cycle to work and car lease schemes, season ticket loan or membership options for onsite leisure facilities.

All of our hospitals have quick transport access to the Westfield shopping and leisure centre, the West End and a range of local bars, cafes and restaurants - ideal for team socials!

IMPORTANT:

Please note once the vacancy that you have applied for has closed your application will be transferred to the Trac Recruitment System and you can expect emails from this site.

Please ensure you check your emails regularly as this is how we will communicate with you throughout the recruitment process. If you are shortlisted you will be contacted by email and text message (if you provide a mobile contact number).


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.



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