Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare Assistant
Job Description

Job Description

Title:                      Health care assistant 

Department:          Nursing

Reporting to:          Nurse on duty and Clinical Nurse Managers

Hours of Work:      Hours of attendance will be determined by the needs of the residents and the Organisation. Health care assistants may be required to work weekends & night shifts. 

Purpose of the Role:

The overall responsibility of the Health Care Assistant in Orwell Healthcare is to enhance the quality of life of the residents in their care. To achieve this care assistants must work effectively with all members of staff, residents and family members of the residents. Orwell Healthcare uses a person centred approach and each cares will be assigned as a key worker for a resident.

Professional Integrity:

To operate in accordance with HIQA standards and the Health Act 2007 and other relevant legislation.

Be familiar with the policies and procedures of Orwell Healthcare relevant to the role as a Health care assistant. 

To maintain a level of professional integrity in accordance with Orwell Healthcare policies and procedures, employment contract, philosophy of care and mission statement.

Professional Development:

Demonstrate a willingness of professional development in view of continuous performance appraisals.


  • To assist the residents in all aspects of daily life, having due regard for their dignity, privacy, respect and safety
  • To perform the duties of a Key Worker as directed in the SOP of responsibilities of Key worker.
  • When requested, to accompany residents to outside clinics, hospital or other centres where they have been transferred for specialised treatment or care, and to give a preliminary verbal report on returning to residence.
  • To assist in the implementation of care plans for each residents. 
  • To observe strictly the Code of Confidentiality.
  • To maintain the privacy and dignity of the residents. 
  • To work within statutory policies & procedures of Orwell Healthcare.
  • To attend mandatory and non-mandatory trainings as provided in Orwell Healthcare. 
  • To work the required roster to meet the service needs of the nursing area or various floors to which assigned – i.e. Day and night shifts, working in different units to cover holidays and staff sickness. 
  • To carry out such other duties appropriate to the role as directed by management.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Manual handling skills.
  • Communication skills with residents with reactive responsive behaviours and with Cognitive impairment.
  • Behaviour management of residents with reactive responsive behaviours. 
  • Team player. 
  • Flexible to work days and night shifts and to work in all the units.

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