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Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare Assistant (Bedded Unit)

Salary: £19,200 per annum plus shift enhancements

Full time: 37.5 hours per week

The hours are to be worked flexibly on a rota basis, Monday to Sunday, which will include a combination of the following shifts: Early 7.30am-3.30pm; Late 1.30pm-9.30pm; Long Day 7:30am-8.30pm; Night 8.00pm-8.00am. Flexibility is required to meet the needs of the hospice.

Our nursing team are proud to support and care for patients and their families at their most vulnerable time.  We have a great opportunity for a full time Healthcare Assistant to join our highly committed multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers, who work seamlessly together provide care of the highest standard. Experience in palliative care is desirable, however, we will support you to develop specialist palliative care skills.

Our Bedded Unit receives referrals for a number of reasons including control of symptoms for pain or nausea/sickness, rehabilitation following treatment, or care in the last days of life.  Our specialist medical team provide round the clock care and support to our patients in the comfort of a welcoming and homely environment.

We highly value our working environment and our seven bedded unit is based within the beautiful grounds at Deer Park in Barnstaple. We have outside seating space within the gardens which is available for everyone to use. We have a range of benefits available for our staff including free parking, flexible working, counselling and support services and other health and wellbeing activities such as reflexology and yoga.

We are looking for an experienced Healthcare Assistant to join our multidisciplinary team on our Bedded Unit.  The role will involve delivering a range of care duties for our patients and maintaining sensitive, caring and tactful relationships with patients, families and carers.  Applicants will need to have an NVQ Level 2 in Care or equivalent, and experience of working in a healthcare environment.

Like any organisation, it’s the people who make a difference, so why not join us and make a difference to our patients and their families.

Informal discussion welcomed, please contact Hannah Crawley or Vicky McDonald on 01271 344248.

An enhanced level check with the Disclosure and Barring Service is required for this post.

Closing date for completed applications is noon on Monday 9th August 2021.

Interviews will be held on Monday 23rd August 2021.

To apply for this position please download an application pack and return your completed application form to: or mark your application "Private and Confidential" and send it to Human Resources Department, North Devon Hospice, Deer Park, Newport, Barnstaple, EX32 0HU

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda in the Human Resources Department by emailing


It is important that the people who work for and with us, or access any of our services, can be themselves and are valued as unique individuals.  We welcome applications from all sections of the communities we serve, reflecting the uniqueness of each person, with the aim of continually improving our services.

We are a forces-friendly organisation and welcome applications from Veterans and Service spouses and partners.


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