Laura - Clinical Healthcare Assistant

Who’s this?

Laura is a Healthcare Assistant and works within the Renal Dialysis Unit caring for patients that have kidney failure and need to visit the unit 3 times a week for kidney dialysis treatment which is a procedure to remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly, Laura works within a team based at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

What’s the story of their career to date?

Laura has had a number of jobs working in care roles before successfully gaining her first role with the NHS over 4 years ago as a healthcare assistant on a cardiology ward. Laura later changed departments within the Trust and continued to work as a healthcare assistant on the medical investigation unit. Whilst in this role, Laura completed an NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care, before successfully gaining her current role on the Renal Dialysis Unit

What do they do?

Laura works within the out-patient unit, supporting and caring for patients whilst they are under-going treatment. Her duties include setting up and lining the dialysis machines, each patient needs to be weighed and clinical observations taken before putting the patient onto the dialysis machine via a cannula or fistula device, when carrying out this procedure Laura has to ensure that she adheres to high levels of infection control procedures at all times, wearing protective clothing to do this. Whilst the treatment is carried out, Laura continues to check the patient, monitoring their blood pressure and ensuring the patients are comfortable throughout the procedure, completing a full renal documentation at the end of each patient’s treatment

What’s the best thing about their role?

Laura feels that the best part of her role is the patient contact that she has, seeing the same patients coming to the unit throughout the week for treatment enables Laura to build a professional relationship and support them where she can whilst undergoing this vitally important treatment

Where are they going from here?

Laura has had lots of other training in areas such as venepuncture and cannulation and going forward Laura has aspirations to become a healthcare assessor supporting others to progress within their career

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Clinical Healthcare Assistant normally starts at a Band 2 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Clinical Healthcare Assistant where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Clinical Healthcare Assistant section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.