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Health Care Assistant, Community team

Job Reference: J134-2049DC

Farleigh Hospice
£18,918 - £20,454 (pro rata if required)

Health Care Assistant, Community Team


Job Ref:  2049DC


Hours per week: TBC

Type of Contract: Permanent

Salary: £18,918 - £20,454 (pro rata if required)

Interview Date: TBC  


We are looking for Health Care Assistants to join the Hospice, working within our community care team. The community team takes the specialist skills of Farleigh Hospice into an individual’s home, enabling people to have more choice over their place of care. 


The care team offer time limited interventions at times of crisis in order to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, alleviate carer fatigue, facilitate discharge from hospice/hospital and support those patients who wish to die at home. 


You will be required to; 


Ensure that the patient is cared for in a safe and comfortable environment 


Provide all aspects of a patient's personal hygiene and toileting needs. Integrating personal care with the patients physical, psychological and spiritual needs. 


Assist with feeding/drinking when necessary 


Ensure safe moving/turning/mobilisation of the patient depending on what is most appropriate. Be confident in the use of equipment. 


Be flexible and creative in the care of the patient and family 


Involve and enable the family and friends to continue caring for the patient and support them as appropriate. 


Provide emotional support and communicate effectively with patients and their family/friend 


Undertake dressings and other clinical tasks independently in accordance with competency. 


Work unsupervised in the patient’s home  


Take responsibility for re-planning and allocating visits in the absence of more senior staff out of hours if required 


Assist with and be aware of any actions that may be necessary at the time of a patient’s death. 



Am I the right person for this role? 


NVQ level 2 or higher qualification is desirable but not essential 


Experience in care is desirable but not essential 


Experience of working with people and handling difficult situations 


Have an understanding of the hospice/palliative care philosophy 


Have an awareness of own feelings towards death and dying 


Have the ability to work without direct supervision  


Have experience of effective team working 


Have experience in windows base software and the use of email 


Able to work a variable shift pattern between the hours of 08.00 and 20.00 over 7 days.  


Have a full driving license and have access to a car 



For further information or an informal discussion please contact Jackie Cochrane, Team Leader, Response Team on 01245 457419 or email to 



Farleigh Hospice is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Farleigh Hospice operates a three month probation period. Positions may be subject to DBS Disclosure. 

Charity Registration No: 284670

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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