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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity to join the Home Hospice Care Team as an Assessor has arisen.

The Home Hospice Care Team sits within the wider Oxfordshire Rapid Intervention for Palliative and End of Life Care project, as a separate team. The Home Hospice Care Team primarily provides care to people who are likely to die within the next 2 weeks and are at home. The team is also required to provide short term support to people who are in crisis.

The postholder will be responsible for completing initial assessments in the patient's home, as well as reviewing the care to ensure the needs of the patients are being met.

The postholder will also be required to line manage the Patient Support Workers.

Please be aware this post does not offer sponsorship

Main duties of the job

The Home Hospice Care Team (HHCT) is looking for an Assessor to join our community based team.

The team operates 7 days a week from 7am-10pm, this includes Bank Holidays.

The team covers the whole of Oxfordshire, so it is essential that the postholder has afull UK driving licenceand a reliable car available for work.

HHCT has the following two bases, Unipart Business House and Horton General Hospital. You will predominately be covering Central and South Oxfordshire but do need to be willing to travel across Oxfordshire.

If this is the job for you, please apply online now.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description for additional information on the roles and responsibilities of the Assessor post.

Person Specification

Training and Qualification


  • NVQ in Social and Health Care or equivalent
  • Computer skills with a good understanding of IT and whole systems, specifically Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook and smartphone apps



  • Experience of working with an MDT, including Social Workers and associated professionals
  • Experience of community based care, at manager level
  • Line management experience


  • Experience working in a community setting

Personal Qualities


  • To be able to work flexibly across the working week between 7am - 10pm. including Bank Holidays
  • Excellent communication and interactive skills
  • Good personal organisational and time management skills
  • Proactive approach
  • Commitment to lifelong learning

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to work autonomously with individuals in a variety of settings
  • Ability to assess for suitability for the service
  • Have a good understanding and knowledge of the Care Quality Commission and how this interacts with the service
  • Understand Delegated Healthcare Tasks and the interaction with the service
  • To be able to critically examine and evaluate own clinical performance, initiate changes in work practice and integrate new knowledge into practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social care provision and be able to communicate this to staff, service users and their representatives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Mental Capacity Act
  • Demonstrate problem solving approach
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of assessment techniques and tools
  • Ability to analyse tasks and activities, and develop goal orientated care plans
  • Ability to allocate work to Patient Support Workers and play an active part in their daily supervision and training
  • Understand and apply principles of risk management to clinical practice
  • Understand scope/role of the service and team dynamics
  • To understand principles and application of supervision in promotion of clinical effectiveness as a supervisee
  • Ability to prioritise designated caseload
  • Ability to collect and record accurate statistical information
  • Ability to proactively resource information to address patient's needs in a timely manner
  • Basic knowledge / application of the principles of Clinical Governance to Clinical practice
  • Demonstrate sound techniques in applying a range of sensory physical and manual assessments and treatments
  • Effective written and verbal/nonverbal communication skills
  • Ability to appreciate the sensitivity, complexity of context and culture and diversity within clinical practice
  • Ability to manage and recognise differences of opinion in both patient related and inter -professional settings coping positively with interpersonal tensions/barriers
  • Ability to positively manage exposure to patients and environments that may be highly distressing, antagonistic, open to aggression and unpleasant
  • Understand values and principles of audit and research
  • Experience in developing and providing education and teaching programmes to other professionals and students


  • Able to draw upon and apply previous experience to identify and address problems with clients, and provide rationale for the chosen theoretical framework in which intervention is to be based
  • Able to contribute to audit and quality assurance programmes



  • Adherence to profession specific guidelines and codes of ethics and professional conduct
  • To have a full UK or EU driving license with a car available for work and be able to transport patients following suitability/risk assessment


  • Membership of professional body

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


OUH@Cowley - Unipart House Business Centre

Garsington Road



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