Senior Healthcare Assistant

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust - More jobs by this advertiser

Southampton Neonatal Unit is currently recruiting Band 3 Senior Healthcare Assistant to support the nursing staff across the unit.

This role requires someone who can work collaboratively with a number of healthcare professionals within the neonatal setting.

We are looking for someone who has the necessary qualifications, can work well in a busy environment and show a professional attitude to their work.  Completion of a Level 3 qualification in healthcare is essential.  Experience of working in an acute healthcare setting is advantageous but full training will be provided.


We care for a population across the South Coast region, providing intensive, high and special care as well as having a community outreach team. We host the regional transfer service, SONeT, ensuring that families receive care in the most appropriate hospital, closest to their home. We are able to offer a range of specialities to our patients here in Southampton, including neonatal surgery and cardiac services. The unit is currently in the process of expanding its services to include a separate nurse led special care ward.

We feel passionate that families should feel involved in their baby’s care and work in partnership with them. This is reflected in the receipt of the ‘Improving Care Award’ from Bliss to our unit in 2016. We are funded to achieve BAPM staffing recommendations by 2020; you could be a part of our staffing plan enabling us to achieve this.

The unit has a dedicated education team to support further development.  We work as part of a multidisciplinary team ensuring continuity of care for our patients and their families.


You will be required to:

- Implement care for patients and families in an acute ward setting, observing and recording observations and raising concerns effectively

- Supporting the MDT in care planning for patients

- Communicate effectively, taking into account individuals beliefs and requirements, and recording results in a timely manner

- Ensure all equipment is in good working order and ready for use, reporting issues as required.


- NVQ 3 in Healthcare with training in an acute healthcare setting being advantageous

- Experience of working with babies

- Good interpersonal skills

- Flexible and adaptable


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


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. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living cost...

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to the Hampshire area, please find below a link to our website which offers guidance on finding accommodation:

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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789

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21 October 2019
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £18,813 - £20,795 pa pro rata GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
PLEASE! No enquiries from Recruitment Agencies or Headhunters.

Only direct applications will be considered.

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