Janey, Domestic Assistant, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Janey is a domestic assistant for the NHS. Watch her video where she describes what her job is like.

Hi, my name is Janey. I work as a domestic assistant for the NHS.
I decided to become a domestic assistant because accident emergency is one of my favourite TV programmes. I like the way the nurses and the domestic assistants work together as a team and I wanted to be part of that team.
I applied for this job on the NHSScotland website. I had a successful interview and started part-time. I enjoyed the job that much, that I decided to go full-time.
When I start my shift, I am given a list of the jobs that I need to complete that day. This includes high dusting, mopping floors, serving meals, and general cleaning. My worksheet is given back to my supervisor at the end of my shift.
The most important skills for a domestic assistant are communication, time management, teamwork, and adhering to the infection control protocols.
The NHS is a great place to work. It's friendly and the staff are well supported. I can work flexible shifts that give me a great work-life balance and the time to spend with my family.

Why did you decide to become a domestic assistant?

I decided to become a domestic assistant because accident and emergency is one of my favourite TV programmes. I like the way the nurses and the domestic assistants work together as a team, and I wanted to be part of that team.

How did you get started in the NHS? 

I applied for this job on the NHSScotland website. I had a successful interview and started working part-time. I enjoyed the job so much that I decided to go full-time.

Describe a typical day for you.

When I start my shift, I am given a list of the jobs that I need to complete that day. This includes high dusting, mopping floors, serving meals, and general cleaning. My worksheet is given back to my supervisor at the end of my shift.

What are the most important skills for a domestic assistant?

The most important skills for a domestic assistant are communication, time management, teamwork, and adhering to the infection control protocols.

Why do you like working for the NHS?

The NHS is a great place to work. It's friendly and the staff are well supported. I can work flexible shifts that give me a great work-life balance and the time to spend with my family.

How to become a domestic assistant

Domestic assistants work throughout hospitals, health centres and other healthcare settings. They are responsible for regular routine cleaning.

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