We are a British, privately owned, international clinical services and infrastructure provider supporting healthcare clients across the UK and worldwide.

Our purpose-designed and built modular and mobile facilities provide our clients with new or replacement Operating Theatres, Wards, Endoscopy Suites and Decontamination and diagnostic units. As part of our solution to our clients we also support them with clinical teams and equipment.

With a rapidly growing team of over 150 colleagues internationally, our values define how we do business with our customers, internally and externally: Patient-focussed; Innovative; Responsive; Passionate; Teamwork.

You are joining us at an exciting part of our journey as we grow and diversify.


Job Summary

The Healthcare Assistant will be responsible for assisting in the delivery of patient care and a range of other duties such as endoscopy decontamination in Vanguard facilities on behalf of a customer.

Responsibilities include maintaining a safe and efficient working environment at all times, ensuring that a high standard of expertise and professionalism is maintained in all clinical activities.

The post holder will liaise directly with Vanguard and customer staff as required.


Flexibility 

The post requires flexibility as it involves considerable travel within the UK, including overnight stays and time away from home.


Key Responsibilities

  • Performing Vanguard units daily, weekly and monthly checks.
  • Reporting incidents to the Lead Practitioner as necessary.
  • Assisting qualified staff in the management and execution of clinical practice.
  • Ensuring that clinical information is passed to the appropriate member of the team.
  • Assisting in the clinical audit process.
  • Acting as a circulating theatre support worker.
  • Participating in the cleaning of the operating theatre unit and adhering to the infection control policy.
  • Basic patient care – including feeding, washing, dressing, personal hygiene as necessary.
  • Following and implementing care plans under the direction of a qualified member of staff.
  • Identifying any maintenance problems relating to the flexible endoscopy equipment.
  • Developing and maintaining good communication and relationships with all colleagues within Vanguard and all grades of staff at customer sites.
  • Representing the company on a day-to-day basis with the customer.
  • Acting as the unit’s Fire Warden as per the Vanguard Fire Warden job description, as required.
  • Acting as a Unit Facilitator as required.
  • Processing of flexible endoscopes in line with policies and procedures.
  • Tracking of endoscopes when sent for repair or maintenance
  • Completing daily checks on all endoscopy equipment.
  • Any other duties falling within the remit of Healthcare Assistant.
  • Employees are expected to always promote and work within Vanguard’s quality management framework.
  • Ensure personal Continued Professional Development and relevant licences and professional memberships are maintained.
  • All employees are expected to always promote and work within Vanguard’s quality management framework.
  • Uphold and promote the Vanguard Values at all times.

Knowledge, skills and experience

Essential
  • A professional qualification (NVQ 2 or BTEC)
  • Holder of a current UK full driving licence.
  • Understanding of current practice within healthcare.
  • The ability to follow documented processes.
  • Strong relationship-building skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable approach with the ability to adapt in continually changing environments.
  • Proactive and self-motivated with a willingness to learn new skills.
  • Possess a high level of self-awareness.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team.
  • Microsoft Office skills to include MSExcel; MSWord.
Desirable
  • Previous experience in a Health Care environment.

Our benefits

Lifestyle

Annual Leave
  • 5 weeks per year (April – March) + UK bank holidays. + option to buy / sell 1 week of annual leave.
Car
  • Allowance or company car
Employee Discount Scheme
  • Online discount scheme for retail, health, leisure and lifestyle providers
Life Assurance
  • 4 x Annual Salary, up to age 75
Pension
  • Company contribution of 5%. Employee contributions is 5% which can be increased at any time.
Family Friendly
  • Maternity Leave & Statutory Pay
  • Paternity Leave & Statutory Pay
  • Shared Parental Leave & Statutory Pay
Employee recognition
  • Vanguardian awards
  • Staff celebration events
  • Long service awards
  • Employee referral scheme

Environmental, social and governance

ESG

We take our responsibilities seriously and working in partnership with ARK Business Conservation Projects and Year Hear, we have opportunities for team members to get involved in activities and initiatives that support our ESG strategy: including volunteer days; environmental contribution, and sustainable projects.


Wellbeing

Sick Pay
  • Up to 4 weeks full pay (after 3 years service).
COVID-19
  • We support the vaccination programme and encourage all employees to be vaccinated.
  • For confirmed COVID, sickness absence is paid including within probation period.
Flu Jabs
  • Reimbursed in full
Healthcare Cash Plan (includes alternative therapies)
  • Reclaim cash back from your everyday medical expenses – dental, optical, chiropody, professional therapy (which includes physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, homeopathy, hypnotherapy and reflexology) special consultation and tests, health screening, online lifestyle assessment.
  • GP 24/7 access with worldwide cover and private prescription service.
  • Employee Assistance Programme, which includes confidential counselling and helpline service.
Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice scheme enabling you to purchase a new cycle up to the value of £1000
Mental Health First Aid
  • We have trained Mental Health First Aiders across the organisation.

Development

Annual Professional Memberships
  • We reimburse one professional membership/subscription per year.
Study Agreements
  • We support many of our team members with professional study as part of their career development.
Paid Mandatory Training
  • For all clinical staff, we hold annual mandatory training on a weekend and this is paid at the relevant overtime rate.

How to apply

If you are an innovative and passionate clinician we’d love to hear from you. For more information or to apply, submit your CV and covering letter, including salary expectations, to: careers@vanguardhealthcare.co.uk