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Hepatology Assistant

Band 3

Main area
317 Hepatology Specialty - FH
Grade
Band 3
Contract
Fixed term: 12 months (12 months from date of appointment)
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
317-2022-20-021
Site
Freeman Hospital
Town
317 01 Freeman Hospital
Salary
£20,330 - £21,777 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
28/06/2022 23:59
Interview date
07/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering an exciting opportunity for individuals to join our evolving team as a Hepatology Assistants. The aim of these roles is to help diagnose people with liver disease using Fibroscan, an ultrasound technique that measures liver fibrosis. Based at Freeman Hospital, these posts will be offered initially as a one-year fixed contract. However, we expect that the posts will be extended beyond this time frame. There will be a requirement for the successful candidates to deliver Fibroscan clinics in a variety of settings, undertake ward visits across Hospital sites, in Out-patient Departments, within our partner agencies in Drug and Alcohol Services and GP Practices. The team is focused on delivering outstanding patient care and this is part of an NHS England Funded pilot to help with early detection of people with cirrhosis within community and hospital settings. You will use a screening tool, offer patients brief intervention regarding healthier lifestyles, Government alcohol guidelines, offer written health promotion, and referral into services for follow up care.

  • Interview Date 07/07/2022
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

 

Main duties of the job

Previous experience working within a healthcare setting is essential. Full training will be provided to the successful candidates relating to the use of the Fibroscan machine. The post holders will participate as valued members of the Gastro-Hepatology team, assisting with specific duties and taking responsibility for managing a delegated workload within the service under nursing supervision. You should be self-motivated, reliable, and well organised with excellent communication and interpersonal skills best suited to the dynamic pace of our busy service. You will be able to work efficiently and methodically with good attention to detail without direct supervision. The post holders should be flexible to the needs of the service with a positive and proactive attitude. Car driver is essential.

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To perform dried blood spot sampling, venepuncture blood collection as requested by medical/nursing staff.
  • To ensure blood samples are labelled correctly in line with Trust recommendations.
  • To be responsible for fibro scanning patients referred by members of the multi-disciplinary team and internal and external Hepatology Services.
  • To abide by Trust policies and procedures.
  • Maintain patients privacy and dignity at all times.
  • Maintain patient and carer confidentiality at all times and in all situations.
  • Be an effective part of the multi-disciplinary team contributing to the departmental objectives.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

 

Person specification

KNOWLEDGE

Essential criteria
  • Ability to maintain and improve knowledge, skills and competence to ensure high standards of patient care.
  • Ability to carry out routine elements of assessment to enhance the patient / client journey, following an initial assessment by a registered practitioner.
  • Ability to meet basic care needs of patients
  • Understanding of confidentiality
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of basic safeguarding

SKILLS

Essential criteria
  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to be responsible for own development, identifying training needs, set personal objectives and attend appropriate training as agreed by line manager.
  • Ability to initiate emergency action when required e.g. Cardiac arrest, Fire.
  • Current driving licence if relevant to role and access to vehicle
Desirable criteria
  • Venepuncture skills
  • Competent in physical skills e.g. recording dry blood spot testing, dry blood spot sampling, etc.

EXPERIENCE

Essential criteria
  • Ability to plan, prioritise own and delegated work tasks and activities
  • Previous experience / consolidation of practice
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience within speciality

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential criteria
  • NVQ Level 3 in appropriate subject (or on pathway) or equivalent qualification / experience
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills
  • Evidence of on-going professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of a Trust or other HCA development programme
  • Certificate of phlebotomy

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Carolyn Miller
Job title
Viral Hepatitis Nurse Specialist
Email address
carolyn.miller5@nhs.net
Telephone number
0191 2137445