Information Pack March 2012 LEG ULCER HCA by RBiJ4vQ4



Hendford Lodge Medical Centre
          74 Hendford
           BA20 1UJ

  Appointment of Leg Ulcer HCA

Further Information for Applicants
               How to apply

      An Outline Profile of the Practice

        The Person we are seeking

       The Principal Contract Terms

              Job Description

            Person Specification

                MARCH 2012

                HOW TO APPLY
Thank you for your interest in this vacancy. Information about the Practice and the position
is contained in this pack which I trust you will find useful.

Your application should be submitted in writing to Sian Brammer, Practice Manager,
Hendford Lodge Medical Centre, 74 Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1 UJ comprising your
full CV with a covering letter which should indicate how you feel you meet the profile of the
person for whom we are looking for. Please give details of your experience in a health care
role, details of your career to date and any NHS experience.

Please include the names of two people who would act as referees, one of whom should be
your current employer. We will not approach referees unless you are offered the post.

Candidates will be selected for interview the week after the closing date. If you are
successful you will be contacted by letter. You will be welcome to visit the practice if you are

Regrettably because of the high number of applications we expect for this post feedback is
only given to those who are shortlisted and are not appointed to the post.

May I wish you every success should you apply.

Yours sincerely,

Sian Brammer

                                      JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE                    LEG ULCER HCA

REPORT TO                    CLINICAL MANAGER in the first instance


QUALIFICATIONS              Registered Nurse (General)
Current license to practice

DATE                         April 2012


The postholder is responsible for assisting the Leg Ulcer nurse/specialist for patients
presenting with lower leg conditions, and the provision of leg ulcer treatment & preventative
nursing activity to all the population registered with GP’s in South Somerset. To work as an
effective and responsible team member


The post holder works as part of the Hendford Lodge Group that is responsible for providing
expert nursing care, within community Practice/hospital premises, to the whole of the
practice population of South Somerset. S/he will be responsible for the care they deliver,
both autonomously and as part of a team. Sensitive information relating to patients health will
be gathered and divulged in the strictest of confidence, and the patient has the right to
expect respect and privacy and for the nurse to act appropriately at all times. Confidential
information relating to patients and other colleagues is to be regarded in the strictest
confidence at all times

                                CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

       Ensuring high standards of care is delivered to patients within the leg ulcer service
       To undertake clinical tasks of leg care taught by the trained nurse
       Demonstrate an understanding of leg ulcer management
       To be aware of and follow infection control practices within the clinic environment
       Provide support to patients/relatives, carers and staff
       To encourage the patient towards self-care and independence
       To observe and report changes in the patients condition, be that physical, mental
        and/or social to the trained nurse on duty
       Ensure detailed, accurate and confidential patient records are maintained whilst
        adhering to policies


      Be committed to working in a changing environment
      Manage and assess risk within areas of responsibility, ensuring adequate measures
       are in place for protecting patients and staff

      Establish and maintain effective communication with patients & colleagues
      Work closely and communicate effectively with other members of the health care
       team; including nurses and patients maintaining confidentiality at all times
      To undertake arrangements for patients to attend the Leg Ulcer clinic from referral
      Have basic IT skills and contribute to organisation data collection
      To attend all mandatory training provided by the organisation
      Identify own training needs to acknowledge own limitations
      Participate in the appraisal system
      To be proactive in developing own skills and knowledge
      Undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time and are consistent
       with the responsibilities of the grade.

The job description is indicative but not exhaustive of the responsibilities of the post. As the
organisation develops, the requirements of the job may develop and change and the post-
holder will be expected to adapt to these requirements. The post-holder will be expected to
undertake ongoing personal and professional development commensurate with the duties of
the post. The post-holder will be expected to comply with all the relevant local, national and
statutory policies and frameworks.

Initially the post holder will be reviewed at 3 and 6 months. Thereafter, s/he will participate in
an annual performance appraisal and mutually agree a Personal Development Plan (PDP)


  POST: Leg Ulcer HCA

  CATEGORY              CRITERIA              Desirable   Essential   HOW ASSESSED
 EDUCATION,                                                           Application form,
                    Experience of leg ulcer                           CV, certificates at
QUALIFICATIONS                                   √
                            clinics                                       interview
   TRAINING              NVQ Level 2             √

 EXPERIENCE             Previous relevant                             Application form,
                      experience working in                           CV, certificates at
                    the community would be                                interview
                    Working within a multi-
                      disciplinary team          √

  SKILLS,      Understanding the role of a          √    Application
ABILITIES, &        leg ulcer nurse                       form,CV,
KNOWLEDGE                                               certificates at
               Able to demonstrate current      √
               knowledge and identify own
                      learning needs

                    Evidence of active
                  involvement in wound          √

                 Ability to undertake and
                    interpret Doppler           √
                  assessments (ABPI)

                Ability to identify risks and       √
                       act accordingly

               Able to communicate clearly
               both verbally and in writing         √

                   Able to work without
                       supervision              √

                          IT skills             √

                Ability to adapt to change
                    within the working

                  Able to work in a team

                 Good time management

               Driving qualification and use
                         of a car                   √

                   To understand the
               importance of confidentiality        √


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