A call has gone out for people who could help roll out Leicestershire’s coronavirus vaccination programme.
In the coming weeks, the NHS and the Government will be trying to ramp up the number of jabs administered at vaccination sites across the city and county.
There is now an effort to recruit both volunteers and paid staff for roles to help deliver jabs to those in priority groups.
Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL) is looking for greeters, stewards and chaperones for patients who are arriving to receive their vaccinations.
NHS staff will remain responsible for the actual administration of vaccine doses.
A VAL spokesman said: “The key aim of this role is to support a smooth and safe process for vaccinations to take place at several sites across Leicester and Leicestershire.
“Volunteers will be given specific tasks when they are on site.”
VAL currently has 330 volunteers but wants more to come on board.
VAL’s executive manager Kevin Allen-Khimani said: “As we move towards the next stage of fighting coronavirus with the roll-out of vaccinations, these volunteers will play an integral role.
“As we all know, there’s an indefinite timescale to this, so we will be truly grateful for anyone who is able to put themselves forward to help across the coming weeks and months.
“At the moment, we have around 330 individuals signed up to help but we definitely need more people to come forward.
“There will be strict procedures and policies in place to ensure that volunteers are as safe as possible, and we would love to hear from anyone who is able to give their time.”
Duties will include:
- Greeting people as they arrive at the site and directing them to each stage of the process in a safe manner
- Being a friendly face to reassure people as they make their way around the site
- Reminding people about national guidelines such as social distancing and mask protection
- Addressing any issues or concerns that arise and escalate to a member of staff if needed
- Staying in contact with the other areas’ representatives to help avoid congestion
- Supporting a smooth process that allows speed, safety and security for everyone involved
- Identifying any people that may require additional support during their visit to the site (carer/chaperone, additional language support) and directing them to where they can get support
- Offering enhanced support to those requiring it (e.g. those who cannot queue standing)
- PPE will be provided to all volunteers
Volunteers may be asked to work two to four-hour stints
Anyone wishing to apply should visit the VAL website here.
There are some paid roles available across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland too.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is looking to fill the following roles.
COVID-19 Front of House / Reception
The job ad says that as a COVID-19 Front of House / Reception, you will be responsible for providing reception and administrative support at patient arrival to mass vaccination sites. You will also be responsible for:
- Patient check-in and pod allocation.
- Initial patient health check to ensure they are COVID-19 symptom free and escalate more challenging scenarios.
- Verifying patient documentation and ensure they meet basic eligibility criteria to get a vaccination.
- Maintaining accurate records and ensure strict data confidentiality.
This opportunity is offered on a bank basis, but is envisaged as being ongoing work for a number of months. Salary: £18,005 – 19,337
Registered health care professional
The job description says that as a COVID-19 RHCP you will be responsible for:
- Conducting pre-vaccination clinical assessments.
- Reviewing patient medical histories and any potential adverse reactions.
- Preparing the vaccine prior to administration by using aseptic technique.
- Dilution and drawing up of the vaccine from multi-dose vials.
- Setting up the vaccination station.
- Ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes by using up-to-date skills and adhering to policies and procedures.
This opportunity is offered on a bank basis, but is envisaged as being ongoing work for a number of months. Salary: £24,907 – £30,615.
COVID-19 Clinical Supervisor
As a COVID-19 Clinical Supervisor you will oversee a team of Immunisers.
You will responsible for:
- Supervising clinical assessments of patients prior to vaccination
- Supporting the reviews of complex medical histories, any potential adverse reactions and offering specialist advice as needed.
- Ensuring the vaccination station, from set up to running the station, complies with relevant procedures
- Clinical supervision of safe immunisations
- Supervision of drawing up and preparation of the vaccine before administration and ensuring that each vaccine activity is recorded.
- Delivery of the safe immunisation service and assisting any agreed changes needed within the setting and service areas.
- Ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes by using up-to-date skills and adhering to policies and procedures
This opportunity is offered on a bank basis, but is envisaged as being ongoing work for a number of months. Salary: £31,365 – £37,890.
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Vaccination (Admin) Support – Bank
As a COVID-19 Vaccination (Admin) Support you will be responsible for providing administrative support within a team of staff working in a mass vaccination site. You will also be responsible for:
- Accessing and maintaining accurate patient records, adhering to confidentiality as per the site’s policy.
- Providing admin support on the vaccination activity by supporting the immuniser with vaccination delivery and vaccination records.
- Recording vaccination consent and marking completion.
- Ensuring infection and waste control at the vaccination station.
This opportunity is offered on a bank basis, but is envisaged as being ongoing work for a number of months. Salary: £19,737 – £21,142
- For full details of all the roles, click here or on the job titles.