Healthcare Assistant – Ipswich Community – Ipswich, Suffolk

Healthcare Assistant – Ipswich Community

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Ipswich, Suffolk


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

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Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

A Community Health Care Assistant is required to contribute to the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within a community integrated team as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

The Ipswich Integrated Neighbourhood team, brings together nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, as well as support staff. Working closely with our local GP surgeries we aim to provide joined up, holistic care for people in their own homes. 

The service provides nursing and therapeutic input to patients within their own homes with the aim of returning them to maximum independence, by actively promoting self-management on all activities of daily living.

You will be responsible to carry out venepuncture, capillary blood sampling, simple wound care, pressure ulcer prevention and basic observations for house bound patients within the community setting. This will include at their own home and within residential care homes. 

The post will cover visits to patients in the East side of Ipswich.

You will need your own car and a UK driving licence.

Business mileage is reimbursed as per agenda for change terms and conditions.

Main duties of the job

Collection of blood samples from patients in accordance with agreed procedures.

To ensure samples taken from patients are correctly identified by using the labels provided on the ICE forms, or clearly writing on the label in line with requesting services guidelines as appropriate.

Simple wound care which will be supported by shadow support and training if required.

Taking of basic observations and recording on systm one.

Skin care and pressure ulcer prevention.

Ensure that care is patient centred and confidentiality is maintained in line with Trust policy.

To prioritise own workload and work autonomously when necessary.

To liaise with the patients GP to provide sufficient information for ongoing primary care to be provided safely and efficiently.

Working for our organisation

One of the largest Trust’s in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients’ own homes. You will be joining a team of over 11,000 amazing colleagues providing care to 800,000 residents.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health & Wellbeing programme offer a range of services including mental health support. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person specification


Essential criteria

• Evidence of recent CPD

• Evidence of a good standard of Literacy /English language skills

Desirable criteria

• Evidence of ability undertake phlebotomy practice


Essential criteria

• Experience of working with professionals from other disciplines

• Experience of working in a health or social care setting

Desirable criteria

• Community Experience


Desirable criteria

• Knowledge of SystmOne


Essential criteria

• IT literate e.g. Word processing, internet and e-mail use

• Applicant will need to be car driver with valid UK and have access to a car for work purposes

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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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

Paula Springle
Job title
Operational Lead
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
07950 851285