Health Care Assistant, Tunbridge Wells

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Holmewood House SchoolTunbridge Wells
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Contract type: Part Time
Salary: £24-25K FTE, £17 - 17.5K for c. 70% of FTE expectation
Contract term: Permanent

Holmewood House School is a top rated independent Preparatory School of 440 pupils just outside Tunbridge Wells, set in over 30 acres of stunning Kent countryside. A Health Care Assistant role has become available in our Health and Wellbeing Team. This small but busy team plays a vital role in the School and includes the School Nurse, the Wellbeing Counsellor, a Boarding Matron and this role. The role reports to the School Nurse.

The health care assistant will work on opposite shifts to the School Nurse undertaking full responsibility for the health and wellbeing of pupils, and offering first aid to staff, parents and visitors while on duty including providing first aid during sports matches. The applicant will be responsible for first aid bags and equipment used several times a week, as well as monitoring and ordering new supplies. There is a significant administrative element to the role including medical records requiring confidentiality and aspects of safeguarding, organisation of first aid training and vaccinations, administration of regular updating for staff and school healthcare policies. All applicants must have good IT skills to support these tasks. Applicants will require a good standard of English both spoken and written. A confident telephone manner is also desirable. There will also be an opportunity for some health promotion education to pupils individually and in groups.

The successful applicant will preferably have previous medical/physiotherapy/paramedic experience ideally in a school environment but at the minimum, 3 years of experience in first aid with an appropriate qualification. The successful applicant will enjoy working primarily with children and be aware of their health and wellbeing needs. They will also need to demonstrate excellent interpersonal, caring, organisational and time keeping skills. They need to be calm, caring, competent, quick thinking with excellent decision-making skills and an ability to react swiftly and delegate in an emergency. This is an active post and applicants will need to be fit and energetic.

There is a need for flexibility as some periods become exceptionally busy and workload is unpredictable. They will need to be able to work alone and in liaison with pastoral, boarding and strategic learning support teams. There is considerable emphasis on first aid and sports injury alongside caring for unwell children (including boarders). 

The person appointed will be supported by the current School Nurse and necessary training will be provided as well as an opportunity for progression within the role. This post requires the applicant to wear a uniform tunic supplied by school, and trainers.

The specific working pattern will be discussed at interview, but in general, it will be a term time role working a 36 hour week on various part day shifts between 8am and 6pm including alternate Saturdays with potential for a day or two in the school holidays.

Remuneration will be discussed at interview and will depend on the precise hours worked and the calibre of the successful candidate. The salary will based on the pro rata of the full time equivalent of c.£24-25K, i.e. a salary in the region of £17-17.5K based on a c.70% FTE expectation. The role includes four weeks paid holiday, plus statutory holidays, per annum pro rata. The School provides on-site catering and a Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme. An active Staff Wellbeing programme includes a variety of free fitness classes and social events.

Please send a completed application form by email to Mrs Claire Little  to arrive no later than Tuesday 11 December. Applicants may include a copy of their curriculum vitae with their application if it contains additional relevant information. If you have any questions, please call the Headmaster’s PA, Mrs Claire Little, on 01892 860001. The School will look to interview suitable candidates upon receipt of application, so early application is encouraged. The selected candidate will ideally start as early as possible in the New Year.

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