Ambitious campaign to recruit healthcare assistants
11 January 2019


Sussex Community’s drive to recruit 100 Healthcare Assistants

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has launched the next stage of its ongoing recruitment campaign, A Community That Cares.

Community is at the heart of what we do at Sussex Community NHS foundation Trust and we’re looking to boost our teams in key areas which all share the same goal of helping to relieve pressure from other NHS services across the county by reducing hospital admissions and getting patients home quicker.

So far, the campaign has seen a focus on recruiting for Responsive Services, a multidisciplinary team of experts providing care to patients at home; therapists, who help to keep people out of hospital and work toward rehabilitation and wellness and support staff such as administrators, who facilitate the smooth running of all our community teams.

The next stage, is an ambitious drive to recruit 100 healthcare assistants (HCAs) across Sussex who will help to provide much needed care to patients in the their own homes and community hospitals.

The recruitment drive comes after a national announcement in the NHS long term plan which will see an increase in budget for mental health and community services. Our recruitment campaign highlights the excellent training opportunities offered to healthcare assistants and outlines the various ways in which HCAs can progress.

See what Josh has to say about working at SCFT:

A significant part of HCA training is continued support in working towards the Care Certificate which is an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life. The certificate is based on 15 standards, all of which individuals need to complete before they are awarded the certificate:

  • Understand your role
  • Your personal development 
  • Duty of care
  • Equality and diversity
  • Work in a person centred way
  • Communication 
  • Privacy and dignity 
  • Fluids and nutrition
  • Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disability
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Basic Life Support 
  • Health and Safety 
  • Handling information 
  • Infection prevention and control

The Care Certificate is a way in which HCAs can form a basis on which to develop further clinical skills and develop the knowledge and experience to progress in other clinical areas such as nursing, rehabilitation and therapies.

The Community That Cares recruitment campaign profiles some of our fantastic team members from various services within Sussex.

Check out Emma's story:

For more information about working with us, check out and join the conversation #CommunityThatCares 

You can view our current vacancies by clicking here.