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Healthcare Assistant

Band 4

Main area
Learning Disabilities
Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Lexden Hospital Site
Colchester, Essex
£23,949 - £26,282 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
01/02/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

Essex Learning Disability Partnership are looking for a Healthcare Assistant with a passion for delivering the highest standard of care for individuals that have a learning disability.

You will be working as a healthcare assistant within the primary care network, to obtain where the gaps fall within the primary care network and support within in to help minimise these gaps. This will include identifying areas with low covid vaccine, flu vaccine and physical health checks uptake. The job role will be based in Essex. 

The Benefits

  • NHS and Employee Discounts

  • Excellent NHS Pension Scheme

  • Flexible Working Opportunities

  • 35 days Annual Leave and Public Holiday Entitlement, Increasing to 37 Days After 5 Years of Service, and 41 Days After 10 Years' Service

  • Car Lease Scheme

  • Eye Test Vouchers

  • Various Staff Well-being Programme's

  • Free Parking

  • Varied Career Pathway including Nurse Training options.

  • Excellent Training Opportunities

  • Paid DBS application

Main duties of the job

Main Responsibilities

 The postholder will provide support to an allocated group of service users as delegated by the Team Leader or agreed registered practitioner.  The postholder will be expected to work within the Community Specialist Learning Disabilty Team in line with service needs.

The postholder will receive regular supervision as appropriate to their ongoing developmental needs and requirements and partake in reflective practice and training on a regular basis.






Working for our organisation

  • Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.
  • With a workforce of c. 3,000 and an annual income of c. £200m, the Trust is organised across three Strategic Business Units and provides integrated health and social care services through a large network of community and inpatient settings, serving diverse communities across Hertfordshire, Norfolk, North Essex and Buckinghamshire. As a university trust, HPFT continues to develop strong links with the University of Hertfordshire providing excellent learning and development opportunities, as well as strengthening our clinical research capability.
  • Whilst it is a challenging period for the NHS, there has never been a more exciting time to join HPFT. Building on the CQC Good, we are on our “Good to Great” journey as we continue to innovate, improve, transform and ultimately deliver the very highest standards of care to the service users and communities that we serve. 
  • HPFT are in Partnership with Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) to deliver an innovative new service to the Learning Disability communities of Essex. The service is known locally as the Essex Learning Disability Partnership (ELDP)

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Role

      • To have regard for the physical, psychological, emotional and environmental needs of the service users and their carers
      • To plan and lead group and individual sessions as directed
      • To provide support as directed by the Nurse Team leader and in close liaision with other agencies delivering agreed outcomes.
      • To work with colleagues and Health Access Champions in a variety of settings to promote the uptake of AHC, access to screening and vaccination programmes. , reporting any concerns for service user health and well being to the Nurse Team Leader
      • To keep accurate records of tasks undertaken, observation and events concerning service users and to report to other members of the team, as appropriate, and to prepare reports as requested
      • To maintain and promote good communication and working relationships both within the team and with colleagues from other agencies
      • To develop a knowledge and understanding of the specialist needs of service users, and the approaches used in their care across diverse health settings
      • In collaboration with Primary Care Networks, support the process of understanding and improving service user experiences of care in other health settings through data collection, observation, feedback, discussion, and reporting through the clinical team
      • Provide information of health promotion and healthy living as appropriate to individual need
      • To undertake and assist in the organisation of the day to day smooth running of the service
      • Contribute towards the ongoing quality of service and care and identify any risk issues in relation to the service users health and social care need
      • Networking and promoting positive relationships within the primary care network


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of academic qualifications achievement
  • NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a Health Care Assistant – working in a Health & Social Care setting.
  • Experience of working with people with a learning disability, who may have mental health needs and / or challenging behaviours

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lisa Dexter
Job title
Community Service Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01206 366653