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HCA - Healthcare Assistant, Harlow

Job Reference: J137-A-19-2193

Herts Urgent Care
Competitive Variable Hourly Rates

Exciting opportunities for Healthcare Assistant with Primary Care Experience - Harlow

We are looking for Healthcare Assistants to support the delivery of safe high quality patient care in our new Extended Access Service in West Essex. Contracted hours and bank contracts are available.

Who are we?

HUC provides accessible and high quality Integrated Urgent Healthcare services to nearly 3 million patients across a range of counties, including Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Bedfordshire and Essex.

When patients are ill and need the right medical attention, they use our NHS111 service to access medical advice, assessment and treatment. We also provide a range of other healthcare services to support patients including Out of Hours GP service and running urgent care centres.

Extended Access

Extended Access is the evening and weekend GP service, which runs at eight bases in the West Essex area.

The timings across the region for these sessions are as below, but different bases are open at different times:

Weekdays : 1830-2200

Weekends : 0800- 2000

The service offers pre-booked appointments to provide better access to primary care for patients and to take pressure off the local practices. Patients will call their normal practice and get an appointment.

The clinicians in the EA service will have direct access to patient notes using SystmOne or EMIS. Clinical colleagues at the surgery will immediately be able to access the consultation in the patient’s records.

The Role:

We are inviting applications from HCAs with proven experience of working in a Primary Care setting.

Dealing daily with primary care duties, including but not limited to; dressings, ear syringing, blood pressure monitoring, ECG recording.

You will assist the practice clinical team in the provision and delivery of prescribed programmes of patient care in the extended access service.

Support can include:

  • Health checks
  • Chaperoning duties
  • Administration responsibilities

Job Summary:

We are offering contracted hours, with a commitment of 1-2 shifts per week. You can choose your own rota pattern within the available fixed shifts, over 4 weeks.

The position is based from Harlow and we can offer the following shifts at present:

  • Saturdays 8am - 2pm (3 of 4 shifts available per 4 weeks)
  • Sundays 8am - 12midday (3 of 4 shifts available per 4 weeks)

The skills we are looking for:

  • NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care or relevant speciality
  • Certificates to support Clinical Practice
  • Infection control awareness
  • Relevant experience ideally including recent relevant healthcare experience in an acute or community environment
  • Evidence of statutory mandatory training or willingness to attend training
  • Computer literate, ideally with a sound working knowledge of SystmOne and Emis

Pay Rates:

  • New Joiner - weekend day rate £10.35
  • Post Probation - weekend day rate £10.93


Benefits of joining us:

  • Paid Professional Indemnity cover for all clinical work
  • 4 weeks annual leave pro rata
  • NHS pension scheme
  • Perkbox staff benefit scheme
  • Access to Educational events


As HUC is an organisation commissioned by the NHS, all roles are listed on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (SI 1975/1023), which means they are eligible for a standard or enhanced check as appropriate from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are fully committed to Equality of Opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Please note that if you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of applying then unfortunately your application has not been successful on this occasion

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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