Residents are invited to come to Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s Education Centre on Saturday 5 November between the hours of 10am and 3pm (drop-in) to find out about the Healthcare Assistant and Service Assistant roles we have available.
As part of the event, we will interview individuals interested in the Healthcare Assistant role on the day, and offer interviews to prospective Service Assistants a few days later.
If you’re interested, come along. The Education Centre can be found at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Enter the Gate 4 entrance (Costa Coffee), turn right at the lifts and go through the doors. Keep going until there is a left turning, follow this corridor. Eventually you should come to another turning on to a very long corridor – turn right and the Education Centre is just here. If you get lost, anyone in a red pollo neck shirt can help.
Healthcare Assistant and Service Assistant
- Pay: £20,270 per year or £10.37 per hour (this increases when working nights/bank holidays). This increases with (usually) yearly NHS wage increases, as well as after two years as part of pay progression.
- Contract: Permanent
- Hours: Full-time and part-time available.
- Location: Bassetlaw Hospital, Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospital
Overview of roles:
You will work alongside nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide a positive experience to our patients and their relatives at times of need. You will support patients in various ways such as:
- Washing and dressing
- Bed making
- Serving patients meals/assisting with feeding
- Helping people to mobilise
- Assisting with patients’ overall comfort
- Monitoring patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight – national early warning scores (NEWS)
- Providing encouragement to lifestyle and behaviour changes
These colleagues undertake all appropriate cleaning and portering duties within the hospital maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness in the hospital. This can be a physically demanding role with elements of carrying, lifting & moving items. Therefore, the person undertaking this role will need to be relatively physically fit.
Our pay structure explained
Within the Trust, colleagues are paid each month on the 25th (this may be slightly earlier if this date falls on a weekend or bank holiday).
The majority of NHS employees are remunerated as per a national pay scale known as ‘Agenda for Change’. This encompasses 11 pay bands, starting at Band 2which begins at £20,270 and running to Band 9 which, at present, tops out at £109,475. A full breakdown of pay scales within the NHS, and our Trust, can be viewed here: https://www.nhsemployers.org/articles/pay-scales-202223
As part of these pay bandings, there are a number of pay progression ‘steps’. For example, Band 3 starts at £21,730 per year, rising to £23,177 after two years in role. In addition to this, there are yearly percentage increases applied to all wages, with this agreed at around 4.5% for 2022/23.
Additionally, any member of staff, regardless of age, will be members of the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme. While you can opt out, this means that colleagues contribute a small percentage of their monthly earnings which forms part of your later pension when you decide to retire.
Finally, depending on your role, you may be able to undertake extra hours or work which is paid via NHS Professionals, often at enhanced rates for unsociable work patterns.
Our leave policy
Annual leave within the NHS is worked out per annum (per financial year, running from 1 April to 31 March).
While this is slightly different for part time workers (and worked out pro-rata), if you are full-time (worked out as 37.5 hours a week), upon appointment you are entitled to 27 days of leave (worked out as hours), as well as eight general public holidays.
After five years of service within the NHS, this entitlement rises to 29 days of leave, with public holidays included – and finally after 10 years of service you are entitled to 33 days of leave with public holidays included.
If you undertake additional hours via bank (NHS Professionals) you will also accrue additional leave entitlement, which is paid out monetarily.
Finally, the NHS offers standard terms and conditions regarding sick pay as well as maternity leave. For sickness absence, this can be viewed here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/get-help/rcn-advice/agenda-for-change under the tab for ‘sick pay’ and ‘maternity pay’.
Benefits of Team DBTH
Alongside our partners at Sodexo, the Trust offers a number of eateries, as well as a Costa Coffee and Subway. This is in addition to Volunteer Service shops and a WHSmiths.
Learning and development opportunities
As one of the region’s Teaching Hospitals, we believe it’s absolutley paramount to encourage our staff to develop their skill set. From training to lunchtime lectures, our dedicated Education Team can help you to take that next step in your career. The quality of patient care the Trust is able to provide and the range of services that it is able to offer are upon the ability to ensure our current employees, together with any potential employees, are motivated, satisfied and want to stay working for us. This includes making sure staff have a personal development plan in place, access to training, development and career opportunities.
Park and Ride
The Park and Ride is situated opposite the Doncaster Race Course on Leger Way. It can be accessed via the aforementioned road, or Town Moor Avenue. The designated car park for this facility is to the far end near to Whitby’s Fish and Chip shop.
Available for hospital staff, patients and visitors, this shuttle runs between the Park and Ride facility on Leger Way and South Block Outpatients near to Gate 6 of Doncaster Royal Infirmary. The shuttle operates Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) between 5.50am and 10.00pm. This service costs 50p per journey for patients and visitors – staff ride for free just show your NHS badge.
The bus journey normally takes between five and seven minutes. Please allow adequate time to park your vehicle and ride up to the hospital in good time for your appointment. Hospital Security staff are on duty at the Park and Ride car park during operating hours. Click here for the Park & Ride bus timetable (printable version).
The shuttle stop is at the far end of the car park, near to Whitby’s Fish and Chip shop. There is a small platform, with seating next to a sign outlining the time table.
Please note, as per current COVID-19 restrictions, we ask all users of the shuttle to wear an appropriate face covering unless medically exempt.
Pick up point at Doncaster Royal Infirmary:
The current and temporary pick-up and drop-off point at Doncaster Royal Infirmary is outside South Block.
Leaving your vehicle:
There is ample room for your vehicle in this car park. Please can we remind visitors, patients and staff to park within the marked bays.
We have lighting available in this area, while security colleagues regularly patrol.
Walking from the Park and Ride to Doncaster Royal Infirmary:
When the weather is fine, and if you fancy the exercise, it is perfectly possible to walk from the Park and Ride to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
The journey, which is just over half a mile will take you between 12 and 15 minutes on foot, and below are the suggested routes you can take.
Christmas Advent calendar
Beginning in 2021, from 1 to 25 December, every member of staff is enrolled in a prize-draw to mark the days of Advent and as a ‘thank you’ to all colleagues for their efforts throughout the year. Last year prizes included tickets to West End shows, a smart watch, a spa day and much, much more!
Alongside the Buzz, colleagues can stay in touch and up-to-date by joining a very active Facebook group for members of staff. With daily postings, you will join 6,000 of your colleagues discussing the things that matters, receiving all the latest news, as well as getting involved in exclusive polls and engagements about specific developments within our hospitals.
Random Acts of Kindness
We have a schedule of events known as ‘Random Acts of Kindness’. This ranges from a free cuppa’ and slice of cake delivered by the Executive Team, all staff to a free £25 gift voucher at Christmas and a free trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Each random act is a surprise, and we have a number organised for 2022!
Bluelight and NHS discounts
As a member of Team DBTH you will be entitled to NHS discount as well as a Bluelight card. This will give you access to savings at a range of shops and eateries both locally and regionally!
NHS Fleet and Tusker lease cars
The Trust offers not one but two lease car suppliers. As a member of the team you will receive exclusive discount and offers via generous salary sacrifice schemes, with significant savings to be made on a range of vehicles including electronic cars such as those made by Tesla!
Similarly, the Trust works with VIVUP to offer a range of discounts and savings on gym memberships as well as electronic goods via salary sacrifice.
For a small few, members of the team can take part in our monthly lottery draw. With 11 winners each month, prizes range from £1,000 to £50, and every six months we hold a special one-off prize-draw for £6,000!
Family friendly trust
The Trust is committed to improving the working lives of its staff and offers various benefits to attract and retain a motivated workforce. These include: Job Share Scheme, Term Time Contracts, Paternity Leave, Maternity Leave, Career Break Scheme, Adoption Leave, Leave in Domestic Emergencies and Flexible retirement.
Weekly newsletter and communications
Keeping up with the latest happenings within an expansive and varied organisation such as ours can be tough, that’s why we publish a weekly newsletter called the Buzz. Here you can find out about the latest Trust news, events and achievements.
Recognising our staff for their hardwork and dedication is very important at DBTH. Each month a team and individual member of staff is awarded our STAR Award, with a glitsy annual event held for our STARs of the year.
Supporting your health and wellbeing
Staff support line and Resource Hub
In the current climate of increasing pressures on our healthcare system, our NHS people potentially face significant stresses. We have introduced a confidential staff support line, operated by the Samaritans and free to access from 7.00 am – 11.00 pm, seven days a week.
Health and Wellbeing Support pack
This pack contains lots of information about what support DBTH can offer you during this time and a few tips and other free external services which will help you look after your health and wellbeing Staff counselling services are also available 24/7 by calling the Vivup Employee Assistance Provision.. The team has a wide variety of skills and knowledge and have offered their service because they recognise the importance of supporting staff through difficult times.
Our chaplaincy team is available to support you. The chapels remain open for personal use and prayer mats are also available and a Sunday service will be broadcast on the hospital radio station.
Employee Assist Provision
DBTH employees have free access to wellbeing and counselling practitioners 24/7 via the Employee Assistance Programme. The service is confidential.
Wagestream gives you instant access to a percentage of your pay, without needing to wait for payday.
For every day and the unexpected, having instant access to the money you’ve earned, gives you power over your pay.
Wagestream also provides a range of tools to get you financially fit:
- Track exactly how much you are earning throughout the month, against all your assignments.
- Save straight from your pay.
- Access impartial and tailored financial tips to help you manage your money better.
For advice on medical conditions which may impact on your ability to work or if work is impacting an existing health condition.
The Talking Shop
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) offers people with depression and anxiety disorders more talking treatments.
Alternative and holistic therapies
Every member of Team DBTH is entitled to a three complimentary therapy including reflexology, reiki and much, much more.
The TLC service
Is here to support you during tough times. We understand that these are challenging times and we are here to help. TLC is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of:
- Occupational Health
- Leadership and OD
- Human Resources
- Patient Safety
- Additional support and advice
- Health and Wellbeing
About our Trust
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (DBTH) is one of Yorkshire’s leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 420,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas.
Hosting three main hospital sites and a number of additional services, the Trust is one of only five Teaching Hospitals in Yorkshire and trains 25% of all medical students in the region in addition to 30% of all other healthcare professional students. Employing over 6,500 people, every member of staff contributes to patient care, and has a personal stake in our future successes and achievements.
As we operate a number of sites, you will gain a sense of a large and expansive organisation; however it is very important that our Trust has a great sense of community and identity, with an accessible leadership team and a great sense that each and every member of the team can make the difference.
We are proud that many of those in senior positions within the Trust began their careers here, and we have a large number of long serving team members, with one member of staff recently retiring after 60 years of service, having spent their entire career at the Trust.
It is our goal to give those who join Team DBTH the tools and opportunities in order to grow their career, so whether you spend just one year or fifty with us, it’s our pledge to help you Develop, Belong and Thrive, Here.
How we are dealing with COVID-19, an overview of the past year and plans for the future
While COVID-19 will be with us for some time to come, as a Trust we must plan for the future and move forward beyond the pandemic. Jon Sargeant, Deputy Chief Executive, and Dr Kirsty Edmondson Jones, Director of Innovation and Infrastructure explain more.
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