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Night Support Worker - CAMHS

Job Description

Night Support Worker-CAHMS

Salary; £800-£850

Must be aged 22 or over

Full Time (40 hours)

Cambian Meeko House is a 16 bedded children’s residential home near Wisbech catering for 12 – 18 year olds with on-going mental health needs and challenging behaviours that may prevent them from functioning within the community without continued support.

PROFILE: To be responsible to the Home Manager as a member of the Night Wake staff team for the direct care of the children and other supportive tasks and duties.


Professional Child Care Practice

  • To provide primary care and a nurturing, (therapeutic) environment in line with Meeko House policy and statutory requirements.

  • To have an understanding of all relevant documentation.

  • To be a positive role model, to include high standards of personal presentation, for the child and encourage the child to develop meaningful relationships and attachments.

  • To contribute to the normal development of the child to enable them to reach their fullest potential by providing a stimulating and varied lifestyle.

  • To work with firm and consistent boundaries in order to create safety and containment for the child as part of the staff team, within Meeko House policy and statute and as part of the children’s Care Plan.

  • To work alongside the child to help develop a true sense of identity and feel of self-worth.

  • To be sensitive to the needs of individual child, taking account of race, culture, language and religion as set out in Meeko House policy, statute and within their Individual Treatment Plan.

  • To talk and listen to the child, to observe their behaviour, and record significant features.

  • To work within Child Protection/Safeguarding policy and practice. To be aware of the child’s rights and to work in an anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive manner.

  • To assist in preparation for reviews, meetings and attend when required.

  • To achieve a suitable role specific qualification.

  • To commit to ongoing personal and professional development

Relations with Colleagues and other Professionals

  • To act as a member of the staff team, supporting colleagues and being prepared to receive support as necessary in order to deliver the child’s treatment programme.

  • To act as an ambassador for Meeko House and Cambian in all contact and activities with external professionals including Social Workers, School Teachers and Health workers providing appropriate literature, reports and information as required

  • To participate in staff meetings appropriate to level of training and development with specific reference to basic standards of home management, observational reporting, assessment of internalisation and the treatment plan.

  • To act flexibly, within reasonable boundaries, in order to ensure the necessary cover for the home. To work within the on-call rota system as required

  • To inform colleagues of relevant developments, for example during handover.

Household Responsibilities

  • To maintain all operating functions within the home to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children, staff and visitors

  • To ensure that all statutory and Meeko House policy requirements are completed on a daily, weekly and monthly basis including, H&S and hygiene standards of cleanliness, waste management, property and vehicle maintenance.

  • To set high standards in home making in line with Meeko House policy including modelling of adult behaviours, demonstrating good home making practice, and coaching children in maintaining those standards.

  • To ensure that all Meeko House equipment, property and additional resource such as grounds are not damaged or misused at any time and to report such damage or misuse immediately using the appropriate materials and methods.

  • To be accountable for monies allocated for specific purposes, to maintain records as required and the appropriate use as set out within the reasons for allocation.

  • To adhere to Health and Safety Regulations and Procedures.

  • To be computer literate to a minimum of a basic level.

  • To be responsible for accurate, concise recording of information pertinent to the child and the role.

Specific Night Wake Responsibilities

  • Administration of medication and carrying out medication audits.

  • Preparing daily paperwork for forthcoming shifts.

  • Archiving of paperwork and documents.

  • Filing paperwork in resident’s folders.

  • To adhere to all reasonable requests from the Team Leader allocating tasks for the shift.

  • To ensure the atmosphere in the home is conducive to needs of the residents, allowing them to feel settled and relaxed.

  • To undertake house hold tasks and chores, as delegated by the Team Leader or shift coordinator.

  • To ensure all daily paperwork and documentation is completed in line with Meeko House policy and procedure.

  • To complete reports and information sheets in a timely manner.

  • To ensure all information is passed onto the shift coordinator or appropriate person without undue delay.

  • To attend specific Night Wake team meetings and training sessions.

  • Night waking is not a sleeping duty, staff are to remain awake throughout their shift.

Further responsibilities

Residents at Meeko House can present with difficult to manage challenging behaviour. This may on occasions necessitate having to physically intervene or remove residents from potentially difficult or hazardous situations in line with their risk assessments and Meeko House physical intervention policies. All staff working with residents undertakes Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) training and these are the only techniques permitted to be used. All staff are expected to read and abide by the homes policy on behaviour and physical intervention.

Maintain confidentiality for all areas of Meeko House, its staff and its work. The nature of the work within Meeko House entrusts people with confidential information about people with mental health issues, their families, carers/staff.

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