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Inpatient Healthcare Support Worker

Working as an Inpatient Healthcare Support Worker

Would you like the opportunity to work across a variety of settings under the supervision of a healthcare professional, helping patients on their journey back to full health? Do you have a passion to make a difference to patient care? To be there to help others at a time in their lives when they need help to care for themselves? If so, then consider a role as a Healthcare Support Worker at Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (MPFT).

Healthcare Support Workers are one of the largest groups of clinical workers who provide assistance to nurses and doctors in wards and clinics in hospitals, and also within the community. No matter which area you choose to work in, being a Healthcare Support Worker is a key role that’s at the very heart of healthcare. Healthcare Support Workers typically work in one of seven settings:

 

  • Mental health – helping with the care, treatment and recovery of patients
  • Community – working with GPs and nursing teams to deliver and manage care in a patient’s home or community-based healthcare setting
  • Primary care – assessing new patients and supporting the wider GP surgery medical and nursing team
  • Acute – a hospital-based role supporting patients and managing daily activities.
  • Midwifery – working on the maternity ward, supporting new parents and their babies
  • Children’s services – working with nurses to support outpatient clinics and school clinics
  • Learning disability – helping people with learning disabilities or autism to learn new skills and reach a level of independence

There are also great opportunities to progress with Healthcare Support Worker experience. You can choose to specialise in a particular setting, or train to qualify as a healthcare professional, such as a nurse or midwife. As a Healthcare Support Worker, you’ll have access to world-class training and learn basic nursing skills. You’ll also be able to work towards gaining qualifications and gain plenty of on-the-job experience, whilst surrounded by experts who’ll support you as you progress through your career.

 

What does the role of an Inpatient Healthcare Support Worker at MPFT entail?

It’s a hands-on role – one minute you could be taking blood and the next lending an ear to an anxious patient – but it’s one of the most rewarding. Your day-to-day work will vary depending on the setting you’re working in. For example, if you’re based in a hospital your duties may include:

  • Helping patients to move around
  • Monitoring patients and performing basic health checks
  • Making patients feel comfortable
  • Washing and dressing patients
  • Serving meals and helping to feed patients

Applying for an Inpatient Healthcare Support Worker role at MPFT

Requirements:

  • There are no set entry requirements to becoming an Inpatient Healthcare Support Worker, but good literacy and numeracy skills are expected, and in some cases GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths are required too. You may also need a healthcare qualification such as a BTEC or NVQ for some of our roles.

  • For some roles, some experience of healthcare or care work may be beneficial – this could be from paid or voluntary work, or through experience you bring in from previous roles. But academic qualifications aren’t everything. You’ll also need to be caring, kind and willing to really get stuck into the role – so teamwork, communication and organisational skills are vital.

Flexible shifts enable you to achieve a work-life balance that’s right for you

Medacs Healthcare is looking for Inpatient Healthcare Support Workers to work at MPFT. There are a variety of temporary, flexible shifts available both during the week and at weekends to enable you to fit work around your other commitments.

 

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