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Children’s healthcare assistants deliver care and support to children and young people under the age of 25 with complex care needs.

This means the individuals you’ll support have conditions or illnesses that make life a lot more challenging. They need additional help to stay healthy and with things like eating, moving and even breathing can be difficult for them. That’s where you’ll make a difference.

The nurse-led care and support you’ll provide means children and young people can be supported in the family home or in the community, rather than in hospital. You’ll be delivering care in personal settings, so you need to have empathy and be understanding.

Each day will be different as care is tailored to the needs of each individual. You could be administering medication, engaging with sensory play, helping them to attend school or even supporting them to enjoy days out. Whatever you do, you’ll be making a real difference to the lives of those you support and their families.

The role is completed alone or in teams under the supervision of a Clinical Educator and Clinical Nurse Manager, who are registered nurses.

If you’re caring, you can make a difference!

You don’t necessarily need care experience or qualifications for this role, because our expert team provides high-quality training to give you the skills and confidence you’ll need. What you do need though is a great attitude, a kind heart and a passion for helping people to maximise their potential. You could make a difference, because you care.

Key responsibilities

  • Respecting confidentiality, family values, morals and beliefs of those you support and their families
  • Providing care that ensures children and young people the highest quality of life.
  • Deliver all care as directed by the child’s individualised care plan
  • Ensure all documentation is completed correctly, accurately and signed for.
  • Support with therapeutic activities and techniques using play or other identified strategies
  • Safely administer medication in accordance with the MAR chart and company policy.
  • Communicating with those you support using appropriate communication methods.
  • Documenting care and support provided on the appropriate records, charts and forms
  • Involving children and their families in the delivery of care as appropriate

I love my job! I help children and young people to do things that make them happy. They might seem like small things to you or I, but they are really big to them.

I have always enjoyed looking after people but didn’t have any formal experience when I joined except for with family members. But I was eager to learn and willing to try new things. You have upskilled me with care skills that I never knew before and I can physically see the difference they make and their importance.

So if I can do it, anyone can!