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Community Phlebotomist

Job Reference: 249-SCH-S0259

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Community Nursing Team
£17,460 to £18,702 pa

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon is proud to have a team of highly skilled, kind and compassionate staff that deliver high quality care for our patients. The Trust provides acute services from the Great Western Hospital and community healthcare services across Swindon. We are an ambitious and progressive Foundation Trust, committed to continuing our quality journey so that we can exceed our patient’s expectations.

We have recently been successful in our bid for £30 million of national funding to develop an Integrated Front Door, expand our Emergency Department, purchase land for potential expansion and to help us develop new models of care, such as an intensive rehabilitation offer. And we have many more ambitious plans. This is a great and exciting milestone which will help us to maintain quality and safety for people in Swindon and the surrounding areas over the coming years.

We are looking for a Band 2 Health Care Assistant ideally with community nursing or caring experience to join our community phlebotomy team, working between the hours of 8.30 am and 4pm. This service is provided Monday to Friday and you will work alongside a team of experienced phlebotomists taking blood from patients in their own homes or those living in residential care homes. There is an expectation to work alone whilst undertaking home visits.

Ideally we would like someone who already is competent in venepuncture and the use of an anti coag machine, however we will be able to offer full training to achieve both these competencies. In this busy environment, you must be keen to learn and adapt to a changing environment as well as being expected to complete the Care Certificate training if you have not already achieved this. You will need to be IT literate as there is an expectation to be competent in the use of an electronic patient record system following full training to maintain and ensure accurate record keeping.

You will require excellent communication skills, have a kind and caring nature and be able to show empathy to the patient and their family in times when they may be feeling anxious or distressed. There is also a requirement to identify those patients who whilst you are visiting, may be feeling unwell, or whose health could be deteriorating, and escalate these concerns appropriately. We are also ensuring we proactively assess patients for developing pressure ulcers; identify potential risks and escalate accordingly to the Community Nursing Team.

To fulfill the needs of service delivery to patients/service users and in line with our current team of clinicians, the post holder will work as part of a flexible team over 5 days per week.This will include working evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays (at short notice if necessary), within agreed availability.

A clean driving license and access to a vehicle is essential for this role.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this post then please contact the team leader Emma Mai Burton on or contact her on 01793 646436

All correspondance in relation to your appliaction is via NHS jobs; any emails may default to your Junk inbox. Check your Junk file for any updates on your application.


Working in healthcare is rewarding and we will work with you to maximize your potential. All we ask in return is that you live by our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect.

  • We invest in your training and development to pursue a successful and fulfilling career in healthcare.
  • As an NHS employer we offer one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered in the UK.
  • Permanent staff receive at least 27 days' holiday each year, a generous pension, plus other benefits including flexible working options and exclusive discounts.
  • Bank workers receive one extra hours pay for every 12 hours worked in place of annual leave entitlement, plus other benefits including pension.
  • We offer an onsite Nursery and are one of the first employers in the country to offer 30 hours of free childcare a week subject to eligibility.

Application information:

The vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications are received.

All new starters with the Trust will be subject to a six month probationary period, with the exception of medical and dental candidates.

Current employees should be aware that this position is advertised as a GWH position and appointment ends any TUPE protection.

All candidates are required to pay for their own DBS check where applicable. Standard DBS check costs £26 and will be recovered from your first pay; Enhanced DBS check costs £44 and will be split and recovered over the first 2 pay.

Bank posts requiring a DBS check; payment must be made prior to commencing.

Apprentices are exempt from payment.

GWH NHS Foundation Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to safer recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team.

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 Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. 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, must 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) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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