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Activity Worker

Job Description

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

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As part of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Wedgwood House has 2 adult wards (Southgate and Northgate), alongside a Home Treatment Team, and a later life inpatient ward (Abbeygate). We currently have an opportunity for a Band 3 Activity Worker within a forward thinking and motivated inpatient team on Southgate ward.

We are looking for motivated, proactive individuals who are keen to join a team across Wedgwood House that strives to offer the best possible outcomes for our client group(s). We are looking for experienced CSW’s with relevant acute inpatient mental health experience. We are also looking for CSW’s who are able to demonstrate that they have experience of working within mental health, experience of supporting individuals in crisis and are also able to demonstrate the necessary skills to manage the this role within a busy and challenging, yet rewarding, environment. If the successful applicant has not already completed the national care certificate then they will be expected to complete this within the first 6 months of employment.

This opportunity is within a team that are striving to meet the current challenges of inpatient mental health care, developing our services to improve quality and embracing technological advances to improve care delivery and patient outcomes. We are looking towards future ways of working including patient needs typing and incorporating those within a recovery focused environment. We are currently linking up with other mental health trusts and service providers from other sectors to both identify best practice, share knowledge and also develop joined up, networked approaches to supporting individuals requiring our service. There will be opportunities for service review and development and involvement in peer reviews of practice, alongside the delivery safe and effective care to our client group.

As a team we have made a commitment to always:

Be kind and respectful to each other and address any problems as they arise in the right time, right place and with the right person.

Be clear in our communication, consistent in our approach and avoid unnecessary conflict.

Listen to others, understand how our own actions may be perceived and also to recognise the strengths, values and differences of others.

Support each other, thank people directly and not give up on ourselves or anyone else.

And we would be looking for someone able to take on board and promote this approach.

We have a genuine commitment to training and development and you should expect to access all relevant sector specific qualifications for your role whilst in this post. The Foundation qualification for support staff is the Care Certificate which will form part of your induction into the Trust and must be achieved within the first 12 weeks of employment.

We would welcome the opportunity to speak with, or meet, any potential applicants to discuss any questions you may have prior to applying.

Please note that the interview date is provisional and may be subject to change

Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

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Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

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This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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