Pete, Renal Care Assistant, NHS Tayside

Pete works in the NHS as a renal care assistant. Renal care assistants are part of the multidisciplinary team who work with renal patients - people who have kidney problems and require dialysis to help their kidneys function properly.

My name is Pete. I'm a renal care assistant working in the NHS.

I began looking at jobs in the NHS and seen a job for the renal care assistant. I did some research in dialysis, dialysis machines, and caring for the patients. I then applied for the job, was given an interview, and was lucky enough to be offered the job as a renal care assistant.

I work in the outpatient department where I meet and greet the renal dialysis patients. I assess their health and well-being before assisting the nurse to attach the patient to the dialysis machine for their treatment. I then monitor the patients throughout their treatment, making sure they receive the best care possible. After the treatment, I discharge them from the unit.

The best part of my day is meeting all the renal patients. Some patients are new to the unit, others have been receiving treatment for a while. Building relations with the patients is an important part of the job. I get to know them personally and make them feel safe while receiving treatment.

The key skills for my job include good communication skills, working in a team, and delivering excellent patient care. A willingness to learn and a flexible approach to the needs of the renal service are important too.

The NHS is an amazing organisation to have a career in. Being a renal care assistant is the best job I've ever had. The support I receive from the team gives me the confidence to do my job every day.


Why did you decide to become a renal care assistant?

After working in factories since leaving school, I decided to go to college to study IT and Health and Social Care, as I saw the NHS as a future career opportunity for me. As I was good with my hands and enjoy working with people, the role of a renal care assistant ticked a lot of boxes for me as a job I could do.

How did you get started in the NHS?

I began looking at jobs in the NHS and saw a job for a renal care assistant. I did some research in dialysis, dialysis machines, and caring for the patients. I then applied for the job, was given an interview, and was lucky enough to be offered the job as a renal care assistant.

Describe a typical day for you.

I work in the outpatient department where I meet and greet the renal dialysis patients. I assess their health and well-being, before assisting the nurse to attach the patient to the dialysis machine for their treatment. I then monitor the patients throughout their treatment, making sure they receive the best care possible.

After the treatment, I discharge them from the unit.

What is the best part of your day?

The best part of my day is meeting all the renal patients. Some patients are new to the unit, others have been receiving treatment for a while. Building relations with the patients is an important part of the job. I get to know them personally and make them feel safe while receiving treatment.

What are the most important skills for a renal care assistant?

The key skills for my job include good communication skills, working in a team, and delivering excellent patient care. A willingness to learn and a flexible approach to the needs of the renal service are important too.

What advice would you give to someone else thinking about a career as a renal care assistant in the NHS?

The NHS is an amazing organisation to have a career in. Being a renal care assistant is the best job I've ever had. The support I receive from the team gives me the confidence to do my job every day.

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