East Lancashire Hospice

Healthcare Assistant IPU

Post Title:                  Health Care Assistant

Responsible to:      Clinical Inpatient Unit

Type of Contract:  Permanent

Hours:                         37.5

Salary WTE:             £21,432                  

Closing Date:       23rd July or when enough applicants

Interview Date:  Interviews will be organised as suitable applicants apply

This post involves regular, direct unsupervised access to vulnerable adults and therefore is exempt from the Rehabi­lita­tion of Offenders Act 1974

East Lancs Hospice:

East Lancashire Hospice is a registered charity, founded in 1984. We support and care for patients with a life limiting illness, their families and others close to them. We provide this in a number of ways; at the hospice and in people’s own homes across our community of Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

With appro­ximately 120 employees and over 250 volunteers, our people are our biggest asset whom we value tremen­do­usly. Our services to the local community would not be possible without our motivated and caring workforce who always strive to deliver excellence in all that they do. The hospice is a unique and special place, kindness and compassion are qualities that run throughout the hospice and our people truly believe in what we do.

Health Care Assistant – Palliative Care:

This Health Care Assistant will play an important role in supporting patients and those that matter to them at the end of life. You will be expected to deliver high standards of essential nursing care whilst maximising the patient’s quality of life at all times promoting dignity and inde­pen­dence. Throughout your working day you’ll need to ensure you are observing patients and reporting any changes in condition, supporting families, maintaining accurate patient records, and ensuring you are empathic and courteous, treating people with care and consi­dera­tion at all times.

The Successful Candidate:

The successful applicant will have the commitment and ability to deliver high standards of holistic care to our patients and their families under the direction of registered nursing staff and will ideally have achieved the Care Certificate and be educated to NVQ Level 2/3 or equivalent in a related field.

You will have substantial experience of working within a caring role and have supported patients with life limiting illness. With good commu­nica­tion skills you will be able to work as part of a team and relate with under­standing and sensitivity to those experiencing life changing illness.

What we offer:

Supporting patients at the end of life is a privilege, and at East Lancashire Hospice we do all we can do ensure patients make the most of life whilst in our care. This makes working as a Health Care Assistant rewarding in a very unique way. Whilst you are supporting patients and their loved ones at a very difficult time, you do it knowing you’re providing the best care possible. The clinical team all work together with great pride in the care they provide, and you will be joining a high performing team with a supportive culture.

As an organisation we have an excellent, colla­borative working environment with a generous holiday allowance of 27 days + Bank Holidays with the option to buy additional days. You will also have access to learning and development oppor­tuni­ties, ongoing training, and funded access to a private health scheme. There is also onsite parking and an onsite Café with reduced staff prices.

Aside from all of the above detailed above, you will joining an organisation funded by your local community, where people are at the heart of everything we do.


For further information relating to the job duties, please refer to the job description by clicking ‘Job Description’ below.

If you wish to apply for this post, please complete an application form or send your CV directly to Recruitment@eastlancshospice.org.uk 

Please make sure you specify which job you are applying for, and include supporting information outlining your relevant skills and experience applicable to the job.

Please note that references will not be contacted at this stage, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

All enquiries and further information regarding the above can be obtained from the recruiting manager.

Name: Gaynor Barlow

Email: Gaynor.Barlow@eastlancshospice.org.uk

Telephone: 01254 287003

Job Description

Application Form

Alter­­­­­­natively, these documents can be obtained from the general admi­­­­­­nis­­­­­­tra­­­­­­tion team on: 01254 287016