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NHS AfC: Band 3
37.5 hours per week (Full time)
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East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
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Conquest / Eastbourne
Conquest / Eastbourne
£19,737 - £21,142 £19,737 p.a. - £21,142 p.a.
Salary period
05/12/2020 23:59

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Doctors’ Assistant

NHS AfC: Band 3

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex. We provide our services at two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital, community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Rye and Uckfield and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries, schools and in people’s homes. 

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the improving working lives of all our staff. A wide range of staff benefits are available to staff and these include: staff development, pension scheme, on-site nurseries within the acute hospitals, auto-enrolment to our staff bank ( Temporary Workforce Service ), access to sports and social clubs, staff restaurants, on-site accommodation, staff gymnasiums, squash and tennis court plus heated outdoor swimming pool (Eastbourne only), staff lottery.

Please download the Recruitment Information Leaflet for guidance on making a successful application


ESHT is committed to offering new employees an apprenticeship programme of study to support their role. Please ask when you apply/at interview if you are keen to undertake a programme and we can check if there is a suitable one available to match your role (the opportunities available are changing all the time, there may not be something for you at the time of your appointment but a programme may be written over the coming months which suits you).  Apprenticeships are available at level 2 (GCSE equivalent) right up to Degree or  Masters level so don’t forget to check with us.



Doctors Assistants are a new NHS role recently piloted at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Following the success of the pilot, the Medicine Division are now pleased to be able to recruit into 2 more permanent full time posts. There is one post for Acute Medicine in Conquest Hospital and one post for Acute Medicine in Eastbourne District General Hospital.

This is a Band 3 role open to staff from a Healthcare Assistant background. The role is designed to assist Doctors with the routine aspects of their work that can be delegated, such as carrying out some clinical procedures, completing paperwork, filing results, assessing patients using pro-formas, and communicating with patients, relatives and other staff. This will allow medical staff to concentrate on more complex patient care. The role will be based on the wards, principally helping the junior doctors with their work. National audits indicate that Junior Doctors have an increasing workload with a lot of both clinical and administrative duties that could be undertaken by other clinical support staff.

To support the work load we are looking for established and dynamic individuals from a clinical support background to undertake these roles. Applicants should be keen, adaptable, and able to think on their feet, and possess good writing, computer and communication skills. Applicants should also be willing to accept the challenge of a new role whilst being aware of patient safety and the limits of their own competence.


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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Mandy Cottingham
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Service Manager - Acute Medicine & Respiratory
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Mobile: 07816 082411
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