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Support Workers

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.

Are you an enthusiastic and motivated team player looking for a new challenge? If so, have you considered working within Secure Services?

We currently have exciting opportunities available for Support Workers to join our team at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish.

If you haven't obtained an NVQ 3 in Healthcare or equivalent level of experience then we will support you whilst in employment to undertake your NVQ 3 in Healthcare and Care Certificate programme, where you will receive 75% of the top of the band 3 banding. Upon completion of this you will have obtained an NVQ 3 in Healthcare and be placed on the bottom of the band 3 banding. If you do undertake this at 75% of the band 3 banding then the salary whilst completing the NVQ 3 will be £14,741 per annum / pro rata, on completion of the NVQ 3 this will rise to £16,633 per annum / pro rata.

The band 3 salary range is between £16,800 to £19,655 per annum / pro rata.

Langdon Hospital operates on a 24/7 shift basis and therefore enables staff to qualify for unsocial enhancements in addition to basic pay even whilst completing the NVQ 3.

You will need to work well within teams, have basic IT skills and be able to carry out duties as directed by qualified nursing staff in order to provide them with support in assisting patients to overcome their health problems. You will need to be flexible in regards to working pattern and adapt to service needs. This post will therefore require you to undertake nights and weekends as part of a standard working pattern.

Langdon Hospital provides a forensic mental health service for Devon & Cornwall. The Dewnans Centre, a state of the art 60 bedded Medium Secure unit comprising of four wards, admissions, treatment, recovery and long term rehabilitation plus our Low Secure and Open Units.

This post may be a training opportunity for candidates who don’t already hold a QCF/NVQ Level 3 in Health and 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.

Previous applicants need not apply

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.

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