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Support Worker

Job Description

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we want to attract and retain talented people and create a great place to work with a shared sense of pride and ambition. Our vision is to have an inclusive society where the importance of mental health and wellbeing is universally understood and valued. Recovery is at the heart of everything we do and we are one of the pioneers in driving forward the recovery agenda.

We provide mental health and learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist and secure services for the wider south west region and nationally. We work with our partners to provide supported accommodation, vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities, helping people learn skills, get back to work and move towards living independently.

Our Trust Values

At Devon Partnership Trust we not only recruit employees based on their qualifications and experience - we recruit individuals who possess (and are able to demonstrate) the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation.

These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity and compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves and others, and being open to new ideas.

Can you show us through your application and at interview how you would treat our patients with the compassion, dignity and respect they have a right to expect? Are you able to evidence behaviours that are supportive of your colleagues?

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is currently implementing a SMART Recovery programme. Over the next few years this will help us to transform many aspects of what we do. As well as providing high quality care, it will enable us to make better use of mobile technology and enable our staff to work more flexibly and efficiently.

The Torbay Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team is a small and friendly team. We have just been granted approval to extend out of hours operation until Midnight to allow us to offer more intensive home treatment interventions to individuals, enabling the individulas to remain at home during a relapse in their mental well-being.

We will potentially be operating three eight hour shifts during the day for 365 days a year in the very near future, the proposed shifts are:

08:00 - 16:00

14:00 - 22:00

16:00 - 00:00

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who can demonstrate they have the personal values and interpersonal skills required when working alongside people experiencing deteriorating mental well-being. You will be able to demonstrate that you can work well within a team as well as having confidence with your own decision making skill.

The successful candidate will have an understanding of mental health and the impact this can have on people’s lives and be able to communicate clearly, sensitively and respectfully with the service users and professionals that they encounter.

If you meet the essential criteria in our person specification please apply. For an informal discussion about what the post entails, please contact Niall Henderson on  ( Phone number removed ) 

This post may be a training opportunity for candidates who don't already hold a QCF/NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care or have an equivalent qualification or experience. Where this is offered as a training post, the salary will be at 75% of the top of the band 3 payscale, and you will be supported to complete the qualification within 12 months, after which your salary will be reinstated at 100% of the then relevant payscale.

We provide an extensive induction programme which includes training and support in practice to achieve the Care Certificate within the first 3 months of joining us. The Care Certificate has been designed to ensure that our Healthcare Assistants / Support Workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support. The Care Certificate consists of a number of study days, completion of workbooks and competency assessment in the workplace across a range of standards. You will find out more on your first day of induction.

We particularly encourage applicants with lived experiences of mental health issues.

This advert will be withdrawn when a sufficient number of applications have been received.

The Trust is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce and so we welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, maternity/pregnancy, marriage/civil partnership or transgender status.All part time, job share and flexible working applications will be considered.

If you are shortlisted YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY EMAIL with interview details. Therefore it is important that you check your NHS jobs account regularly. To access emails from us, please log into your account, and go to 'My Applications'.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Devon Partnership NHS Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process should you be appointed.

Please note by applying for posts that require a professional registration, you are also consenting to this being checked prior to interview.

Preference will be given to staff at risk in priority order.

Please note, interview expenses are not reimbursed.

As a new member of staff to Devon Partnership Trust you will be required to attend a full induction Programme at the beginning of your employment. The content and length of this programme will depend on your new job role and where you will be working. This can be between 1 day for non clinical staff and up to 10 days for inpatient clinical staff.

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.

Is this healthcare assistant post right for you?

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