Domestic Assistant – Higher Level
Do you want to work in one of the best performing NHS organisations in England? Work in an organisation that supports its staff and focuses on staff experience as much as it does the experience of its patients? You can live and breathe in an area that has the cleanest air, cost effective living, great nightlife, some of the best schools with a wealth of history available on your doorstep. Sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t, this is what you get when you work for Northumbria Healthcare and, this is…the Northumbria Way!
Our trust is innovative and progressive, with an £800 million turnover, employing over 10,000 staff to serve a population of 500,000 with an extensive range of acute and community health care. We own and operate GP practices with a collective list size of over 50,000 patients through Northumbria Primary Care and run a number of commercial businesses including Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management, adding income to our bottom line which is reinvested in innovation and patient care.
We’re twice rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission inspection in 2016 and 2019 and rated ‘joint best place to work’ by our staff. Investing heavily in staff experience and staff satisfaction – our staff rated us best acute and community trust in equality, diversity and inclusion, health and wellbeing, morale, quality of care, safety culture, staff engagement and for team working.
Managing three major locality hospitals at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham, plus a number of smaller community hospitals and clinics from Tynemouth to Berwick on Tweed – covering one of the largest geographical areas of any NHS trust in the country. Leading in innovation and quality – opening a state of the art Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, the first of its kind in England.
We recognise the positive value of diversity and inclusion and are committed to a workforce that is diverse, equal and inclusive. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME people are currently under-represented in our workforce as well as other under-represented groups such as LGBT+ and disabled candidates. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, we have a Gold award from the Defense Recognition Scheme, and we are delighted to support Apprenticeships, Age Posi+ive and are a mindful employer.
Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if they indicate they wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments to attend interview please make the recruitment team aware as soon as possible by calling our HR Recruitment Team on 0191 203 1415 option 2.
Make sure to read the ‘applicant guidance notes’ before submitting your application and make sure you know everything there is to know before joining our fantastic trust!
Please note that it is a requirement of this Trust that all successful applicants pay for their own DBS certification if a DBS check is required for the post. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first monthly pay.
If you are friendly, conscientious and interested in working at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, the Facilities Directorate would like to hear from you.
This vacancy will include all areas of Domestic work of which full training will be provided, with the opportunity to work towards N.V.Q. Qualification. You may be required to work Bank Holidays.
This is a bank post for a Band 2 Domestic Assistant on a 0 hour contract.
It is expected that workers registered on the Bank will work a number of shifts regularly over a 12 month period. This is in order to justify the resources and administrative costs associated with the operation of the Bank and to ensure our patients receive high and safe quality care at all times . Successful candidates are expected to participate in NHFM statutory/mandatory training on a yearly basis and partake in policy updates to meet the high standards of our service.
Main duties of the job
You will be required to maintain the standards of cleanliness as specified throughout the work areas, by means of approved methods.
Mandatory training provided includes Manual Handling, Food Hygiene and Fire as defined by the Trust policies. The post will be based at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, but the post holder may be required to work at other sites within the Trust and to cover a variety of shifts over a 24 hour 7 day period.
Working for our organisation
We manage three major locality hospitals at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham, plus a number of smaller community hospitals and clinics from Tynemouth to Berwick on Tweed, covering one of the largest geographical areas of any NHS trust in the country. Leading in innovation and quality – opening a state of the art Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, the first of its kind in England. Do you want to work in one of the best performing NHS organisations in England? Work in an organisation that supports its staff and focuses on staff experience as much as it does the experience of its patients? You can live and breathe in an area that has the cleanest air, cost effective living, great nightlife, some of the best schools with a wealth of history available on your doorstep. Sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t, this is what you get when you work for Northumbria Healthcare, this is the Northumbria Way! Please read ‘applicant guidance notes’ before submitting your application.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Maintain the standard of cleanliness as specified throughout the designated work area by means of approved cleaning methods
Able to complete a range of routine work procedures such as:
Cleaning of floor areas as scheduled by means of vacuuming, mopping, buffing and spray cleaning.
Undertake “deep cleans” in areas where infection is present.
Removal of rubbish including domestic and clinical waste from designated areas to disposal point.
Cleaning of sanitary areas, toilet, sinks, shower cubicles and staff changing areas.
Damp dusting of all surfaces, ledges, shelves, curtain rails.
Cleaning of internal glass.
Taking down and putting up of curtains.
Scheduled cleaning of chairs.
Scheduled cleaning of carpets.
To wash walls (shoulder height) fittings and windows where required.
Use all equipment and materials in a correct and safe manner.
Report all faults queries or problems to the Ward Manager/Domestic Supervisor.
Maintain high standards of cleanliness in all work areas.
Carry out any urgent spot cleaning and spillage.
Any other duties as deemed appropriate.
- Basic Food Hygiene and/or Level 1 Food Safety Certificate or must be achieved within 6 months of start date
- Basic Numerate & Literate Skills
- NVQ Level 1 or 2 or equivalent
- GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent)
The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Kerry Lansbury
- Job title
- Domestic Superintendent
- Email address
- Telephone number
- 0191 6072076