Cleanliness is obviously a very high priority in health care services due to the variety of illnesses being treated and the risk of cross infection, particularly when patients are at greater risk. Patient care assistants clean patient and clinical equipment, and clean and make all discharge and transfer beds to accommodate patient turnaround. A patient care assistant's other cleaning duties include maintaining the cleanliness of ward areas including showers, toilets, shower chairs, commodes and shower trolleys, the removal of rubbish and linen to collection points and attending to spillages as required.
Patient care assistants also ensure an adequate supply of non-pharmaceutical items, and restock intravenous trolleys and medical consumables to agreed levels as directed by nursing staff. Its really satisfying because you have the opportunity to help so many people but people don't realise the pressure that patient care assistants are under. The range of duties is extensive, and you must be able to follow instructions and work well as part of a team. If you haven't got great stamina then you may not be able to keep up with the demands of this job.'
Aside from those duties already mentioned, patient care assistants also; Collect food trolleys, distribute meals to patients, and collect trays and return food trolleys back to collection points. Prepare patients' environment for meal service. Serve patients' meals and beverages. Report damaged or malfunctioning furniture or equipment to the nurse in charge. Participate in ward and team meetings.- Liaise regularly with ward nurse coordinators and patient support services managers on matters relating to workload and equipment requirements.