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Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Public Health Assistant

Job description

Public Health Assistants support the key delivery of childhood public health programmes as directed by our key services delivering the Healthy Child Programme.  These activities may include:

national and local screening programmes (such as Vision and Hearing)
delivery of school based children’s vaccination programmes (intranasal)
delivery of the National Child Measurement Programme

Main duties of the job
Band 3 Public Health Assistants ,  all play an invaluable contribution in how our users experience our services.  They are expected to be kind and responsive but professional and informative and contribute to the quality of the services provided within the community team across the health economy by:

Keeping the people who use our services as safe as possible through the use of sound clinical skills and effective risk assessments, escalating concerns to Registered Healthcare Professional
Ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes by using up-to-date skills and adhering to evidence-based policies and procedures within scope of assessed competence
Ensuring the people using our services have a good experience by respecting, empowering and working in partnership with people throughout the care planning process.
To undertake, and report back on delegated clinical activities that have previously been signed competent
To actively work as a member of the multi-professional team to provide high quality care to patients
To plan and implement straightforward tasks and work guided by standard operating procedures and protocols and undertake roles/duties as delegated.
Working for our organisation
We have a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients who are recovering from illness, in need of rehabilitation, or extra support to get them home. We are one of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, and we are rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC.

To deliver excellent local services and improve the health of our communities we need outstanding people who share our values (CARE):

Working for KCHFT won’t mean sacrificing family, friends or interests. Join us and work flexibly, in a way that suits you and your commitments outside work.

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Our career pathways will help you achieve your aspirations.

KCHFT is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, as we know that this leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities and are treated fairly.

Find out more about the community difference here.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
The attached job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place virtually on the 13th December 2021.

Good luck! We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

The Health and Social Care Act was recently amended, meaning that anyone working in or needing to visit a CQC registered care home during the course of their work must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption applies. This requirement is already in place. A further amendment has been made to the Act which requires that by no later than 1 April 2022 individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients, unless an exemption applies. This job role is one that requires or will require you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that you have an exemption. We will not be able to proceed with your appointment if you are unable to meet these requirements.

Person specification
Essential criteria
Relevant level 3 qualification (NVQ / QCF Diploma or certificate of care / Advanced apprenticeship) or equivalent Functional Skills at Level 2 (Literacy and numeracy/ GCSE grade A-C or equivalent in English and Maths)
Essential criteria
Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a Healthcare Assistant / Worker in a health or social care setting Experience of working as part of a team Experience with the use of Microsoft Office and a variety of IT packages (E-Pay / E-roster / AT-P / RIO)
Desirable criteria
Experience within community healthcare setting
Essential criteria
Awareness of developments in the NHS Knowledge of up to date clinical practice Understands the role and remit of Unregistered worker
Skills and abilities
Essential criteria
Sound communication and interpersonal skills (verbal and written) Ability to organise own work Ability to cope with change Ability to use own initiative Moderate IT skills.
Personal attributes
Essential criteria
Full driving license and own car, Empathetic Supportive Ability to work under pressure Flexible and adaptable
Ability to manage
Essential criteria
Ability to prioritise care delivery in a professional manner, taking into account Trust policies and procedures Ability to manage own time effectively.

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