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Senior Healthcare Assistant

Band 3

Main area
Women and Newborn
Band 3
Part time - 20 hours per week
Job ref
Princess Anne Hospital
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum pro rata
Salary period
18/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

The day surgery and Recovery unit at Princess Ann Hospital have an exciting opportunity for a band 3  Senior HCA.

We are seeking a motivated and energetic individual to join our small team working with adults/young adults in our day surgery and recovery unit.

Our unit is unique because we care for patients pre-operatively, post anaesthetically and post operatively, this means we achieve a great patient experience and high levels of continuity. We achieve 99-100% satisfaction on our friends and family test that patients would recommend us.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a senior healthcare assistant who enjoy the fast paced environment of a day surgical unit and the acute care of post anaesthetic patients level 1 and 2 on occasion and women post delivery.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


The main duties of this role include:

  • Admitting and discharging patients from day surgery unit and transferring major cases to the ward.
  • Holistic care of patients post anaesthetically which includes women post partum, gynaecology, breast and colorectal surgery.
  • Caring for patients having surgery for miscarriage and emergency gynaecology and breast surgery who can be acutely unwell.


Experience of candidate; We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has experience in surgery and has an interest in women’s health.
  • Already has surgical/medical or day surgery experience and/or has a willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • Can undertake phlebotomy, bladder scans and ECG’s. Although these are desirable skills that can be taught if required
  • Experience of patients with dementia, mental health issues and learning disabilities.


Interviews will be held on Monday, 26 April 2021

Our working hours makes us attractive as we close at night and on Sundays and bank holidays.  We encourage a good work-life balance and have good team sprit by socialising out of work.

Our passion is women’s health and acute patient skills; we have a good programme of education and competency in day unit and recovery.

This post is for 20 hours per week.  The shifts are twilight hours working from 1800-2200  Monday to Friday

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ level 3 in health care
  • Care certificate


Essential criteria
  • Current experience in a surgical/medical/ day surgery unit or theatres
  • Computer literate in hospital systems: for example ecamis, equest, and charts
Desirable criteria
  • Dementia care experience
  • Mental health and learning disability experience


Essential criteria
  • Able to prioritise and manage a workload
  • Understanding of own accountabilit
  • Excellent communication skills
  • To demonstrate a good understanding of the importance of confidentiality and data protection
  • To be polite, sympathetic, patient and diplomatic
Desirable criteria
  • Can undertake EGC’s
  • Phlebotomy (able to take blood) competent
  • Experience of using a bladder scanner
  • Understanding of surgical admissions and discharge criteria

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to work twilight shifts. 1800-2200 Monday -Friday
  • Understands and supports the rights of women in their individual circumstances


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Charlotte Smith
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