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COVID-19 Vacancy Domestic Support Worker Higher Level

NHS AfC: Band 2

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Domestic Support Worker Higher Level
NHS AfC: Band 2
Part time - 57.5 hours per week (2 x 13.75 hours, 1 x 30 hours)
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Furness General Hospital
Barrow in Furness
£19,337 £19,337 pro rata per annum
Salary period
Today at 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

Are you passionate about service delivery and keen to develop in a role within a support setting?

Do you want to go home at the end of your shift knowing you helped make your local hospital a great place to be cared for?

If you have answered yes to any of the above then we want to hear from you!



1 x 13.75 hours  -  17.00 - 19.45 Monday - Friday

1 x 13.75 hours  -  17.00 - 19.45 (worked over 7 days)

1 x 30 hours  -  15.00 - 21.00 Monday - Friday


Main duties of the job


  • Responsible for identifying areas to be cleaned, plan and organise a cleaning programme with relevant ward or departmental staff, ensuring Patient, Staff and Visitor safety is not compromised.
  • Operating cleaning equipment, machinery in accordance with manufacturer’s instruction ensuring that it is in a good clean working order, reporting faults immediately to supervisor.
  • Undertake deep clean/isolation cleans following national and local guidelines.
  • Change curtains on rotation or in the event of infection.
  • Follow policy and run all water taps/showers in designated areas on a daily basis and record on checklist, deliver to Supervisor who will place on file for 5 years.
  • Carry out spot cleaning to ensure spillages and incidents are dealt with swiftly and efficiently, supported by Clinical staff as appropriate.

Working for our organisation


Here at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, employees and patients are at the heart of everything that we do. We have new exciting opportunities to join our Facilities department at Furness General Hospital as a Domestic Assistant to support the Trust in delivering a clean and safe environment for patients, visitors and staff. The role has one full time vacancy including weekend shifts. 

Anyone newly appointed to the trust will be subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probationary period (this includes bank staff). This will give the new staff member an opportunity to become familiar with the role and working environment.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To be responsible for a high standard of cleanliness in Clinical areas, public areas and external areas using the appropriate recognised cleaning methods.





Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Evidence in good literacy and numeracy skills
  • Possess or is willing to work towards a BIC's Qualification or equivalent NVQ Level 2
Desirable criteria
  • Health and Safety
  • Knowledge of COSHH


Essential criteria
  • Previous cleaning experience
  • Ability to work on your own or in a team without direct supervision
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of cleaning in a healthcare establishment
  • Knowledge of the potential of cross contamination within a healthcare setting

Skills, ability and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effective
  • Ability to plan your own workload
  • Be able to understand writtern and spoken instructions
  • Be able to use heavy equipment on a regular basis
  • Be able to handle hazardous cleaning chemicals on a regular basis
  • Knowedge of infection control in the cleaning environment
Desirable criteria
  • Deal with a diverse range of people face to face
  • Ability to communicate within a team and provide diverse feedback to colleagues and line managers

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Reliable
  • Presentable, polite and friendly manner
  • Be adaptable and flexible to the changing needs of the service
  • Ability to rectify cleaning standards in a timely manner
  • Ability to travel
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Christine Nicholls
Job title
Asst. PES Site Services Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01229 402883