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Healthcare Assistant

Band 2

Main area
Specialist Surgery
Band 2
Full time 37.5 per week
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Short Stay Unit (311) L5
Stanmore, Middlesex
£21,119 to £22,361 pa inc
27/03/2019 23:59

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.

The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from the most acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.

As a national centre of excellence, the RNOH treats patients from across the country, many of whom have been referred by other hospital consultants for second opinions or for treatment of complex or rare conditions. 

Patients benefit from a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. Consultants are supported in their work by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are trained and are experts in their particular fields of orthopaedic care. 

The RNOH plays a major role in teaching, 20% of all UK orthopaedic surgeons receive training here. Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and our academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

The RNOH works closely with other hospitals and trusts, with whom we have joint appointments to ensure maximum availability of specialist skills for patients. Our patients benefit from access to Aspire Leisure Centre which is located on site and hosts first-class facilities for able-bodied and disabled people.


The Short Stay Unit is looking to recruit highly motivated and enthusiastic Health Care Assistants.  The Short Stay Unit has a total of 37 beds spread over two wards. The Wards are single sex wards and look after patients who are in hospital for up to 5 days. The patients are undergoing a wide range of surgical and diagnostic procedures. The majority of these are Orthopaedic in nature and as part of the already well established team you will have the opportunity gain knowledge and skills and enhance your experience in caring for orthopaedic patients; for example –shoulder, hip, knee and peripheral nerve surgery.

We are seeking for individuals who are enthusiastic, hardworking, motivated, committed team players, who value and treat each other and patients with respect and dignity. 

You will work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. You must be able to demonstrate good communication skills, both verbal and written, have a flexible approach to working and possess qualities of effective team working.   Experience of working within a care setting is recommended but not essential as the Trust does support staff members to undertake Care Certificate training and the Trust has a designated Health Care Assistant Trainer.  

There are ongoing developmental programs for all staff grades with the opportunity to develop additional clinical skills required to deliver quality safe care.

The successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop their skills in orthopaedic nursing research. There is an opportunity to become research champion for the Trust and ward link nurses in specific areas of patient care e.g. Dementia, Nutrition, Infection Prevention is essential.

The successful candidates will be responsible for supporting the registered nursing team in providing direct high quality patient care. You will work under the supervision of the Registered Nurses, supported by the Ward Sisters/Charge Nurse and the Ward manager.

The hours of work will include 24/7 internal rotation through days and nights, however Flexible working would be considered.

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Chilemeza Chikadza, telephone 02089095663, email