Healthcare Assistant

Job Summary

NHS Blood and Transplant collects over 7,000 blood donations every day providing vital blood and blood products that help to save and improve the lives of thousands of people every year. Our team provides a welcoming and special environment for our donors, ensuring they receive exceptional, first-class care. We save lives but we don’t work in hospitals. We collect blood from donors in Donor Centres and in our community.

As a Healthcare Assistant – Blood Donation, you will have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and be an essential member of our team. You’ll play a vital role in saving and improving lives daily in an environment where every day is different.

Main duties of the job

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    Your responsibilities will include:
    Welcoming donors at the start of their donor journey to ensure a positive experience throughout their visit

    Collecting safe blood component donations to ensure we provide a high-quality product for patients

    Taking part in training to learn how to do venepunctures – inserting a needle in the donor’s arm

    Undertaking training to observe the donor’s well-being throughout the process, escalating any concerns and promoting donor retention

    Handling blood products, needles, and a range of equipment on a daily basis

    Being part of a team that strives to continuously improve our donor service

    Learning to prepare equipment for use to ensure it is safe and fit for purpose

    Driving a 7.5 tonne van and 15-seater minibus as and when required (training and assessment will be provided)

    Your working hours will be:
    On a shift basis but, but we’ll let you know around 8 weeks in advance which days and hours you’ll be working. The normal hours for this role are 8 days per fortnight

    The earliest start time could be 8:00am with a finish time of approx. 18:00pm, if on a late shift you could be starting at 10:30am and finishing at 20:30pm.

    Weekend and bank holiday working will be required. You can expect to work some long hours, but you won’t be working more than five days a week

    Whilst completing your on the job training you will complete the Skills for Health Care Certificate which provides a foundation in healthcare support and is recognised across the NHS.

    About You

    Experience and Knowledge

    Have experience of dealing with the public

    Have experience of delivering a quality customer service

    Be willing to learn new technology skills and undergo digital training

    Qualifications and Training

    Have a good standard of numeracy and literacy

    Be willing to undertake development and training to upskill yourself including completion of the Skills for Health Care Certificate

    Possess a valid driving licence allowing you to drive in the UK including category C1 & D1 on your driving licence. NOTE: If you don’t have category C1 & D1 on your driving licence, training will be provided to enable you to achieve this

    Please view the attached recruitment profile which is a summary of the detailed Job Description and Person Specification for the full personal attributes we require for the role. You will need to demonstrate these throughout the recruitment process.

    About Us

    At NHS Blood and Transplant, we’re incredibly proud of the many talented people who come together every day to make our organisation the very best it can be. We have clearly defined values that are centred around offering exceptional care to our donors and their families. We take care of each other too and we focus on building our expertise so we can change lives, provide quality support and offer fulfilling careers.

    It’s an opportunity to contribute to a unique team as part of a service that saves lives 365 days a year. We offer brilliant benefits including 27 days of holiday (plus bank holidays), a comprehensive induction and training programme, and competitive pension scheme.

    We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and aim to reflect the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

    Three small words, one big difference – Caring, Expert and Quality.

    Together we’ll save and improve more lives than ever

    This vacancy will close at 23:59 on 21/12/2022

    Interviews are anticipated to be held W/C 09/01/2023– subject to confirmation

    For informal enquiries please contact samantha.clark@nhsbt.nhs.uk

    NHS Blood and Transplant


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