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Child Health Band 2

Main area

Southampton Children's Hospital


Band 2




  • Full time
  • Part time
  • 37.5 hours per week (Additional part time available)

    Job ref



    Southampton General Hospital




    £20,270 - £21,318 pa or pa pro rata

    Salary period



    02/02/2023 23:59

    Interview date

    Job overview

    Southampton Children's Hospital is looking for Band 2 Health Care Assistants to support vacancies on our paediatric Oncology Ward - Piam Brown, G4 and Chrildren's Outpatients.

    You will be required to support the ward teams in looking after a range of patients within their specific specialities . You will be required to work across all shift patterns to support the ward in ensuring safe staffing for our patients and colleagues.

    As part of this opportunity you will be supported to complete your care certificate if you have not already done so as well as looking at further development opportunities.

    Please note that in the current climate there may be times when you are asked to cover shifts in other areas across the Trust which will include night shifts.

    Main duties of the job

    Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

    For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

    Working for our organisation What we can offer you

    Southampton Children's hospital is a 115 bedded hospital catering for both local and regional children from the Wessex Region including the Channel Isles. Southampton's Children's Hospital is a Major Paediatric Trauma Centre in the region.

    The children's hospital provides specialist intensive and high dependency care, regional neurological and neuro surgery, regional orthopaedic, urology, general, renal and ear nose and throat surgery and is the regional oncology centre. The children hospital has a dedicated children's emergency department, day surgical / medical unit, children's outpatients and Bursledon House which is a specialist unit treating a range of conditions. Southampton Children's Hospital is a centre for paediatric research projects.

    Within the site also sits our tertiary level 3 medical and surgical neonatal unit.

    Our specialist paediatric consultants, nurses and wider healthcare teams offer a wide range of diagnosis, treatment and support facilities for children and their parents.

    The Children's Hospital offers many learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to with support from ward based Clinical Facilitators and a central Paediatric Education Team.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities

    You will be working in a team that consists of both qualified and unqualified staff at Southampton Children's Hospital, based at the Southampton General site.

    JADW is the Children's hospitals day ward which predominately runs from 7.30 am to 20.00hrs Mon to Friday. Some weekend working will be required. The unit is both a surgical and medical day unit meeting the needs of both the local population and tertiary referrals. Specialist nurses support the nursing team with the medical care that is given to the children on JADW. The unit cares for children from the ages of 3 months to 18 years. The unit strives to deliver high quality day care to the children and their families.

    PB is a paediatric oncology unit with 12 inpatient beds and day ward facilities caring for children 0-16 years. The ward supports multidisciplinary working across nursing, medical and therapy services. The ward caters for children across the Wessex Network as well as with external agencies such as palliative and community services.

    What you'll do

    • Assist in the provision of high standard individualised care, under the supervision of the registered nurse/ practitioner and others in the health care professional team. • Work in a collaborative and co-operative manner, and to recognise and respect their particular contribution within the care team. • Acknowledge personal beliefs and wishes of patients. • Communicate with individuals in ways, which are appropriate and take account of individual needs and requests • Undertake, record, report and escalate information relating to care accurately and in timely way

    What we're looking for

    We would love to hear from you if you are keen to develop clinical skills and looking for a challenge of working in a busy and varied paediatric environment. We will provide a supportive and comprehensive induction process to enable you to complete your Care certificate and integrate into our team. We are looking for people with excellent communication skills both verbally and written, you will need to be a team player as well as being able to use initiative and work independently as required.

    Additional information

    Interviews will be held on Thursday, 16 February 2023

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

    Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • Completed care certificate or ability to complete within 6 months of appointment
  • Desirable criteria
  • BTEC level 2 or above in health and social care. Interested in undertaking further training
  • Level 3 qualification; BTEC, L3 diploma, A levels
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in: Acute hospital setting, HCA experience, Volunteer sector, Teaching Assistant, Nursing home carer, Experience in a caring role
  • Understanding of acute hospital environment and the role of HCA
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Ability to work as a team member and work under own initiative
  • Clear rationale for applying for post
  • Be able to take instruction / directions and work within the confines of the role
  • Desirable criteria
  • Able to demonstrate literacy and numeracy
  • Personal qualities Essential criteria
  • Ability to cope with fluctuating demands and pressures of the role
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deal with a range of difficult situations
  • Empathy, Patience, dependability and motivation
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Able to cover a full range of shifts the role requires
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, 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.

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    Employer certification / accreditation badges 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.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 293.0KB)
  • Person Specification (PDF, 204.5KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Jacky Mills

    Job title

    Practice Educator and HCA Lead

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