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Senior Healthcare Support Worker

Role Summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dedicated and motivated Band 3 Senior Health Care Assistant to join our friendly team at the South Devon Satellite Kidney Unit, on the outskirts of Torquay. 

Are you passionate about people and looking to continue your career in healthcare? Or as you have some healthcare experience you are keen to join an innovative and dynamic NHS Trust that’s really going places? Join us as a Senior Healthcare Support Worker (SHCSW), get paid while you continue to learn and develop your career with the Royal Devon.

Every day, you will make a huge difference to the lives of the people we care for, delivering a high standard of care alongside your colleagues. Providing personal care, promoting nutritional needs, and assisting in the recovery and recuperation of patients on their journey to better health are just some aspects of this essential role.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

Our Senior Healthcare Worker form an essential and well-respected part of our healthcare teams across a number of dynamic settings; out in the community, in our acute hospitals or within our theatres teams to name just a few.

You will be a valued member of the team through our comprehensive training and induction programme and our commitment to learning and development will satisfy even the most ambitious person.

The South Devon Satellite Kidney Unit is a nurse-led outpatient dialysis unit, providing haemodialysis 6 days a week from 07:30-23:00hrs. 

Applicants are required to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and high standards of clinical practice. You will be required to work collaboratively with dialysis unit staff and the wider renal multi-disciplinary team to assess, plan and implement haemodialysis treatment under the supervision of the registered nurses.

Renal experience is not necessary as full haemodialysis training will be given, with new staff being supported by a dedicated Clinical Practice Facilitator. Ongoing development is encouraged, with a variety of learning opportunities available throughout the renal service as well as the opportunity to take on link nurse responsibilities.

Our teams are caring, compassionate and inclusive, so whatever your background, you will be made to feel very welcome. More information about the role, training and development and the experiences of our HCAs is included in the attached document. Read it now and find out for yourself why we are regularly voted as one of the best NHS Trusts to work for.

Working Pattern: Staff are required to work early (07:30-18:30) and late (12:00-23:00) shifts worked Monday-Saturday. The unit benefits from a free car park and is close to local bus routes.  We are closed on Sundays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, with no overnight working required.

Depending on your shift pattern and working hours, you may also receive additional enhancements to your pay.

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

For further information please contact: Claire Wing, Clinical Nurse Manager on 01392 405870 or email

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.


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