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Assistant Practitioner

Job Description

North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) became a staff led Social Enterprise on October 1st 2011 with an ethos of delivering high quality innovative services driven by the needs and choices of the local population.

We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to provide Community Services in North Somerset for the next 5-7 years. This is a really exciting time to join us as we are implementing a new service model to improve how we deliver our services and improve health and wellbeing in our communities.

We work in partnership with the Local Authority, General Practitioners and voluntary organisations to provide a wide range of community health services to the people of North Somerset. We are providing NHS services and this will always remain at the heart of what we do but we also have the freedom to bid for other contracts and extend our service to meet the needs of the community.

Assistant Practitioner

Band 4, £19,217 - £22,458 p.a.


375 hours per week

North Somerset

Reference: 147W/12549285

The Rural Integrated Care team is looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated Assistant Practitioner to join our forward thinking integrated community team.

It is an essential requirement of the post that you hold a Higher Apprenticeship in Health level 5 or Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Practice or Higher Professional Diploma in Health and Wellbeing or an equivalent recognised qualification. We will also consider applications if you are working towards one of these qualifications and will complete them within 6 months of joining.

North Somerset Community Partnership has four integrated multi-disciplinary teams who provide nursing and therapist care to patients in their own homes, working alongside Social Services. The Rural Integrated Care Team is made up of two teams based in Nailsea and Lower Langford.

The successful candidate will be undertaking a varied role assisting community nurses. The role includes undertaking a wide range of delegated clinical nursing duties such as wound & leg ulcer management, pressure area care, compression bandaging, administration of some medications and catheterisation. A basic level of IT skills is required. You will be provided with the required training and clinical supervision to help you develop the skills needed for this role.

You will need good interpersonal and communication skills for this role. Additionally you will be required to use your own initiative and work well within an integrated multi-disciplinary team on a daily basis.

The ability to travel to patients’ homes across North Somerset is essential; therefore you will require access to appropriate means of transport.

This role will be based within the community teams and you may be required to work within other teams within North Somerset Community Partnership according to service needs.

Although most of the work is during core hours, flexibility to work early and late shifts, weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis is required.

For informal enquiries or to arrange a visit please contact Polly Cox (team Co-ordinator) or Chelsea Norville and Jane Wilson (District Nurse Team Leads) on  ( Phone number removed ) .

In return you will also have access to a range of benefits including pension scheme; annual leave (27 days on joining), child care voucher scheme, cycle scheme and employee assistance programme.

NSCP has been awarded Employing Authority status for the NHS Pension Scheme as an Independent Provider. NSCP has been approved under the closed scheme. This means that people joining NSCP on or after 1 August 2014 are eligible to join if within 12 months prior to your start date with NSCP you have been employed by an organisation where you were eligible for the NHS pension, even if you’re not currently making contributions.

If you are not eligible for the NHS Pension scheme, you will be eligible for membership of our Legal & General defined contribution Group Pension Scheme. From 1st April 2015 if you have not elected to join either scheme, you will be automatically enrolled into the Group Pension Scheme at 1% and receive employer contributions if you: earn £10,000 or more a year (£833 a month); are aged 22 or over; and; are under State Pension age.

Closing Date: Monday 31st October 2016

Interview Date: To be confirmed

If you are a current NSCP staff member, please apply for this vacancy using the Internal Application Form which is available to download from the NHS Jobs advert.

Please note: When applying for this post it is essential that you read the Job Description and Person Specification and use the “supporting information” space to demonstrate how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the person specification, as your application will be judged against this.

NSCP is an equal opportunities employer who is committed to safer recruitment - all offers of employment are subject to appropriate checks to safeguard those who use our services.

References: Please provide details of at least two referees to cover the whole of the last three years of your employment history. Referees must be line mangers or HR departments.

Please note that candidates selected for interview will be notified through your NHS jobs on-line account.

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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