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Community Mental Health Support Worker

Job Description

The Adult Community Mental Health Assessment and Recovery Team are looking to recruit a Support Worker in Allerdale. We are looking to recruit suitable candidates for a fixed term 6 months temporary Band 3 position/secondment opportunity.

You will be expected to manage a caseload of service users with a range of complex needs, under supervision.

You will need to be clinically confident, solution focussed and competent in working with individuals in a community setting and be able to work effectively in a multi professional context. You should have collaborative and enthusiastic styles as well as have a passion and commitment to develop and promote recovery based approaches for adults with mental health related needs.

The post requires that you are a good communicator, and are able to adopt a flexible, adaptable and proactive approach to your work. An understanding in the application of CBT would be beneficial. You will also work in a family inclusive manner with an understanding of the needs of families and carers.

The team has two bases. The main base is situated in Workington and the satellite base is in Wigton. The service is operational between the hours of 900am and 5 pm, however some out of hours working may be necessary to meet service demands.

The successful candidates will be required to work as part of the CMHART and you will be required to work flexibly throughout the CMHART if required.

In return you will benefit from encouragement to continue to develop your own specialist skills, knowledge and competence through supervision, team support and training and your development will be guided using the Trust’s appraisal process.

The essential criteria for this role includes the requirement to have a care certificate or the willingness and ability to undertake this. For further information, please see the additional information link which can be viewed under the “read this before applying” section.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £2600 + Administration cost of £400 = deduction from salary as a one off payment or over 3months at £10 a month

Enhanced Check: £4400 + administration cost of £400 = deduction from salary as one off payment or £15 deduction from 1st months salary, £1100 deduction from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK CPFT future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme *

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Childcare Vouchers

Cycle to work scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

* These schemes are subject to individual job roles.

Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.

If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.


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Following interview all applicants will be contact directly by phone with feedback.

If you have been unsuccessful following shortlisting, you can check the status of your application by clicking on 'My Applications' and reviewing the status. Due to the volumes of applications we receive we will not automatically issue feedback or send any further notification via email that you have been unsuccessful hence the importance of checking your account.

Overseas candidates wishing to apply, who would require immigration sponsorship, can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post on the UK Borders and Immigration (UKBA) website.

We welcome your feedback via NHS jobs to how we can improve our recruitment service and we hope to see you working for us soon.

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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