Job Description

Bank Healthcare Assistant Openings for Student Nurses

Are you a Student Nurse looking to gain experience in a specialist healthcare environment? The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability have fantastic opportunities for you to join our Flexible Workforce and work as a Bank HCA whilst you study for your Nursing qualification. Apply, and you will meet some great people to learn about what we can offer you.


Job Title: Healthcare Assistant Bank

Department: Bank covering all services

Salary range:     Bank Healthcare Assistant Rates;

  • Week day 0800 to 2000 hrs:                           £10.37 per hour
  • Week night 2000 to 0800 hrs                         £11.93 per hour
  • Saturday midnight to midnight                       £11.93 per hour
  • Sunday/Bank Holiday midnight to midnight: £11.93 per hour

Location: Putney, Southwest London


  • Free parking
  • Blue Light Card and Discounts
  • On-site cafeteria
  • RHN Wellbeing Programme and EAP Services
  • RHN Volunteering Opportunities

Please note, to be eligible to apply for this role, you have the Right to Work in the UK. Vaccinations (Covid and Influenza) are highly recommended.


Summary Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) is one of the oldest independent hospitals and medical charities in the UK. We provide person-centred care that focuses on enhancing dignity, independence and quality of life for our patients and residents. Our services span the entire care pathway from post-acute rehabilitation services to end of life care, for people with complex Neuro-disability and their families, underpinned by a strong research and education programme.

We Are Seeking

We are seeking Student Nurses currently studying a Degree in Nursing at University to join our Bank as Healthcare Assistants. We require enthusiastic, caring and empathetic Bank Healthcare Assistants to work as part of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) assisting the registered nurses in delivering a high standard of care to the patient and residents of the hospital.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain experience with the RHN and decide if you would like to progress your career with us when you become a Registered Nurse. Working as a Healthcare Assistant / Support Worker during your degree will give you great insight into the rewarding nature of our work in caring for people with neuro-disability. We have a stable workforce of dedicated and compassionate HCA’s, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals who are delivering outstanding areas of practice for our patients and their families



  1. To assist patients with all aspects of their personal hygiene care which will include; washing, bathing, dressing, continence and mouth care whilst enabling them to be as independent with these tasks as possible.
  2. To assist with mobility including; hoisting, positioning and assisting with mobility aids.
  3. To support patients with eating and drinking tasks, which may include the use of adapted feeding equipment, recording of food and fluid intake and feeding patients with an impaired swallow function.
  4. Responsible for providing proficient communication with patients and others in challenging situations, which may include supporting patients with complex communication needs and patients who present with behavioural/emotional challenges as a result of their brain injury.
  5. To support and enable patients to be involved in decisions about their care.
  6. To maintain accurate written documentation in patients notes as required, concerning the day to day interventions and progress.
  7. To ensure that key members of the MDT are kept informed of any changes in the patient’s condition.
  8. To support patients to pursue social and leisure activities and assisting in a programme to help facilitate this.
  9. To act as a point of contact for visitors to the ward, families, external agencies and other RHN staff and direct to the most appropriate person to deal with the issue.


Experience and Qualifications Required:

  • Currently a student studying a Degree in Adult/Mental/Disability Nursing at University
  • Experience of working within a Care / Hospital / Clinical team
  • Verbal and Numerical qualification i.e. GCSE or Equivalent
  • Able to carry out manual handling tasks with patients that require complex care


Desirable experience which will enhance your application

  • Experience in rehabilitation of people who present with challenging behaviours, such as verbal and physical aggression, withdrawn behaviour, dis-inhibition and impulsivity.
  • Previous experience or related training or qualification in management of challenging behaviours, including but not limited to de-escalation, positive reinforcement and re-direction.
  • Previous experience or related training in Positive Behaviour Support and its guiding principles.
  • Previous experience or related training in Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) and Breakaway techniques.


RHN is proud to be a diverse and inclusive employer that respects and values the differences of our people to achieve their full potential.


Please note; Overseas Students studying at degree level are restricted to 20 hours per week during term-time (full- time employment permitted outside of term-time) as per immigration regulations. The restriction applies to people on a student Visa, not UK-based students. However, as a responsible employer we encourage all students to balance their time appropriately across their studies and jobs. If you are on an international student visa you will need to provide us with your University schedule of term times if successful at interview stage.  


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Bank Healthcare Assistant Role for Student Nurses

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