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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/02/2021.

Healthcare Assistant, Band 2

Job Reference: 427-S20210127

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
£18,05 - £19,337 per anum, pro rata

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, North East Somerset and West Wiltshire. We provide 759 beds and a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services. The CQC recently rated the care we provide as outstanding .

New colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities at our Trust. You will work alongside high calibre staff, many of whom have a national and international reputation for specialist expertise and world-class care, focusing on providing the best services to our patients. Our values are simple; Everyone Matters, Working Together, Making a Difference, and represent our aspiration for the type of hospitals we want to be.

Bath is a wonderful place to live and work. Our main hospital site is 1.5 miles from the city centre and is served by great transport links including Park & Ride services and the national cycle route 24, 244. Bath offers excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene.

If we receive high level of applications, the vacancy may close early. So, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. If you feel you need additional time, please contact recruitment to discuss if we can help.

Healthcare Assistant, Band 2

Start your life changing job with us

Are you a caring and compassionate person? Would you like to have a career that will have a positive impact on your life as well as other peoples’?

If your answer is yes, this may be the perfect role for you. We are looking for passionate people who want to make a positive difference to our patients and colleagues every day.

So, if you have experience working with the public, in a team and are willing to learn, don’t rule yourself out for this role just because you don’t have previous healthcare experience – we will provide training, help you learn new skills, you’ll meet new people, and develop you as an individual.

Main duties

As a healthcare assistant, you will help patients feel as comfortable and stress-free as possible.You'll work under the guidance of a healthcare professional such as a nurse and your job will vary depending on the ward you are based, but overall this is what your typical day will look like:

  • make patients feel comfortable, help them get up, washed and dressed and move around
  • serve meals and help patients at meal times
  • contribute to patient assessments and ensure patient confidentiality is respected
  • monitor patients' conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight
  • provide support and reassurance to patients and their family members/carers, be an advocate for them and inform nursing staff of information they need to know.

What we can offer you

Starting as a healthcare assistant at our Trust can open up so many doors to new opportunities. In the first 12 weeks we will help you achieve the Care Certificate to help you provide high quality care to our patients. Developing you as an individual doesn’t stop there, we will invest in you to help you grow as a person, identify your strengths and help you succeed to become the person you want to be.

Healthcare Assistant, Alvina Ware said: “All you need to do this job is have is a loving heart. I love being a healthcare assistant, I’m part of amazing, supportive team and I love being here for our patients.”

Healthcare Assistant, Mitchell Iles said: “This time next year I’ll hopefully qualify as a registered nurse. I would never have found this career if I hadn’t applied to be a healthcare assistant at the RUH. If you are a caring and compassionate person, looking for something new, I would definitely recommend this job.”

Variety is what this role will offer you most and we have a number of healthcare assistant roles across our hospital. We will work with successful candidates to identify an area that is of interest to you, whether it’s in Women and Children’s, Medical or Surgical divisions.

Apply today to join our friendly and supportive nursing teams at RUH Bath and be part of something extraordinary.

We will be undertaking rolling recruitment for this role and would advise that you submit your application as soon as possible. If your application is short listed we aim to contact you with an interview date within 5 days of you submitting your application

For further information about the role please contact Ana Gleghorn on

Online Assessment
NHS 'Values for healthcare' challenge

As part of your application you are invited to complete the NHS 'Values for healthcare' challenge available at

All NHS employees share a belief in the quality of patient care. It is important that our shared beliefs are part of everything we do to ensure that our role has a positive impact on the lives of patients. Try one of the 'Values for healthcare' video challenges at the link above and find out whether you have what it takes to join the NHS.

You can choose any one of the featured job roles for your challenge - don't worry too much about having to match your choice exactly to the type of job role you are thinking about. You only need to follow one job role to complete the challenge.

If you are invited to interview you may be requested to bring a copy of the outcome of the 'Values for healthcare' challenge with you.

Equal opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Privacy Notice

If you are offered a position at the Trust, your information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record database and a local file will be created and retained at the Trust. For further information about how we use your data, please refer to our privacy notice.

Notifications & Communication
All communication is via email/NHS Jobs. Please check these regularly. If you are not contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date (5 weeks for consultants) please assume you have not been shortlisted for interview. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot provide feedback on application forms.

We will request references covering the last 3 years of work or study by email. One referee must be your current/most recent line manager or tutor. Please supply an organisational email address for your referees on your application form so that we can verify the reference.

Disclosure & Barring Service
All posts are subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, as per guidelines set out by the DBS.

Tier 2 Sponsorship
Applicants who need Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, they may not be appointed to a post if a suitable candidate with existing right to work in the UK is appointable as we are unlikely to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test required by UKVI. For further information please visit UK Visas and Immigration website.

Smokefree Site

The RUH is an entirely smokefree site – colleagues, patients and visitors are not permitted to smoke anywhere in our grounds.

Please note, unlesss specifically agreed with the Recruiting Manager, the Trust is not able to pay interview travel expenses.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/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.

For further advice, please visit Applying from overseas.

Is this healthcare assistant post right for you?

Before you apply for this vacancy, we would like you to answer a few questions about how you might feel about some of the tasks and experiences you might come across working in this type of role. This shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes to complete and will help you work out whether this type of role is right for you. After each question you will see some feedback about your response which will help you to understand how much you might enjoy being a healthcare assistant in the NHS. At the end of the questions we will give you some more general feedback that you may want to consider before applying for this vacancy. You don't need to answer these questions to apply for this job but we think you will find it helpful. Click here to start

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