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A range of key worker roles on offer at recruitment event

25 August 2022

  • Making improvements

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is set to host a recruitment event for key workers next month.

Around 50 roles are on offer including clinical and non-clinical support workers, patient environment assistants (porters), domestics and catering staff for our local hospital sites across Morecambe Bay.

The event will be held on Thursday 15 September 2022 at Moor Lane Mills, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QD from 8am to 6pm and is open to anyone over the age of 18. Information stalls will be available and the chance to speak to clinical and non-clinical teams.

You must register before attending the event at the following link here or by scanning the QR code on the following poster here.

Phil King, who has been a Domestic at Westmorland General Hospital Kendal for the past five years tells us more about his role.

“Being a domestic is a really rewarding job and I really do feel part of a team. I feel I have great support from my managers, the nurses on the wards and my co-workers,” Phil said.

“The hospital is a nice environment to work in – warm in winter and cool in summer. The wages and benefits are very reasonable,” Phil added.

Lorna Pritt, Associate Chief Nurse for UHMBT, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about and apply for a range of key worker roles that are vital to support our local hospitals, people and their families.

“By joining your local NHS, you will receive support and training and there are excellent opportunities for career progression in a supportive and inclusive environment.”

A snapshot of some of the roles on offer:

Clinical support workers

Clinical support workers work in support and under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN), providing nursing care and assistance to patients within defined parameters specified by the Registered Nurse.

Daily tasks for a Clinical Support Worker could include recording patient information, providing basic patient care and documenting that care in the patient records and undertaking clinical skills such as pressure relieving care, personal care and assisting patients with meals and drinks.


New national standards of cleanliness were released earlier in 2021 which the Trust is required to meet. The standards demand that 50 elements plus touch point cleaning are required. Recent CQC reports on Medical Unit 2 at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary have also highlighted a need for enhanced cleaning regimes.

In particular, the Domestic Team is aiming to recruit domestics who can work shifts to cover the gaps in service from 3pm to 5pm which are often harder to fill. The team has also brought in an 8am to 8pm cleaning service so there is always a domestic presence on the wards where practical.

Patient Environment Assistant (Porter)

The aim of the Patient Environment Assistant (Porter) role is to support the clinical teams in maintaining the optimum environment for our patients.

The main duties are to support patient movement, removal and disposal of waste, handling of medical gases. You should be hard working, punctual and able to work on your own initiative or as part of a team.

Catering Assistant

Ideally you should have a good working knowledge of a busy food service environment, preferably already holding your Foundation Food Hygiene Certificate. Full training and support are given on induction with further training opportunities available in the department as they arise as we are committed to the ongoing development of our staff.

The main duties when working for the catering department are varied as the service covers both patient and staff/visitor food services so involves working in production areas within the main kitchens, ward patient meal service, restaurant service, sandwich production for all the Trust’s three sites and pan and pot wash duties. As hygiene is paramount in our areas, staff are expected to maintain their workplace, and keep it clean, safe, and hygienic.

If you are unable to make the event but would like to find out more information about the roles on offer, please email keyworkerjobs@mbht.nhs.uk.