Healthcare assistants make patients' stay in hospital more comfortable
17 October 2012
Healthcare assistants play a vital role in patients care. This is a very busy role as healthcare assistants are integral members of ward staff. They care for patients and help them feel more comfortable in hospital. They also support doctors and nurses with variety of procedures, such as patients' temperature, pulse, respiration rate, blood pressure, etc.
Grace Mills is a healthcare assistant in planned short stay unit (PSSU). She said that it is always busy in the ward, but she loves the variety of her job and being able to help people. Grace said: "As a healthcare assistant you have to be cheerful and hardworking because it's busy and you are here to reassure patients."
Hollie Mason has been working as a community carer before she came to Addenbrooke's hospital 3 years ago. Hollie now works in N3 and helps with different procedures and patient care. She said that healthcare assistant's job can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding.
Interim deputy chief nurse Sharon McNally oversees the nursing staff in the Trust and makes sure there are enough staff with the right skills in the right the jobs. She said that healthcare assistants' role is vital in the hospital as they provide 30-40% patient care. She said: "Health care assistants make patients feel relaxed and comfortable in hospital. Nurses couldn't work without the support they get from their health care colleagues."
As the number of patients is growing and developments taking place in hospital the demand for healthcare professionals is high. The Trust is currently looking to employ around 100 healthcare assistants in all adult areas. Anybody, who has a passion to patient care and believes in Trust values kind, safe and excellent, is welcome to apply. No previous experience is necessary and there are a lot of different opportunities for further training and development. Please come to Recruitment Day on 27 October or visit CUH website for more details.