Devon Partnership NHS Trust
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We are searching for experienced or aspiring Healthcare Assistants who would like to start a career within our Mental Health, Learning Disability and Neurodiversity Services.
We are looking for people who share our trust values in delivering high quality care and treatment, who enjoy working as part of a proactive Multi-Disciplinary team and want to make a difference in improving peoples lives every day.
We can offer entry into our apprenticeship programme which offers you the chance to build a career in one of the UKs most progressive trusts, and could even lead to helping you gain a recognised nursing qualification in the future.
Our inpatient services operates on a 24/7 shift basis which supports us offering flexible working patterns. Please apply if you are looking for Full or Part time Hours. You will qualify for unsocial enhancements in addition to basic pay.
The role will require you to hold a Care Certificate but it's not essential that you already hold this, as we can support you to achieve this whilst learning in the role.
We have vacancies on our Additional Support Unit (ASU) which is located in Exeter and provides a service for men and women aged 18 years and over with a learning disability and a mental health problem whose needs cant be met within mainstream services, despite reasonable adjustments.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be required to assist multi-disciplinary team members in the delivery of care and treatment to people using our services. The care provided will encompass social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of the individuals.
You will also be responsible for undertaking practical procedures under the supervision of trained nursing staff.
We know at Devon Partnership NHS Trust that Health Care Assistants from different employment backgrounds can bring a range of knowledge and new ideas - previous care experience is desirable but NOT essential.
Our fantastic colleagues can teach you the required skills if you share our Trust values, are ready to learn and:
You can demonstrate that you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
You can work a variety of shifts - these include mornings (shifts could start from 7am), short days & long days (shifts are generally 10 - 12 hours long), evenings (till around 8pm) and nights (from around 7pm)
About Devon Partnership Trust
We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.
We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and 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 & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.
We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.
If you do not hold a QCF/NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care, an equivalent qualification, or the Care Certificate you will need to complete the Care Certificate within 3 months of commencement of the Band 3 post.
If you have a minimum of 6 months experience in the last 2 years working in a care role, but do not hold the Care Certificate you can complete the form Care Certificate Evidence Document from the additional documentation list to evidence that this experience is equivalent to the 15 standards as set out within the Care Certificate. You will need to take this completed form to interview where it will be reviewed by the appointing manager and if you meet the criteria, the manager can approve this in place of completing the Care Certificate.
More information about the content of the Care Certificate can be found atusing the link provided
We will also offer entry onto our Apprenticeship programme to initially undertake the Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship which opens to applications every 6 months, if your role is appropriate. This allows entry onto our career progression pathway to enable you to undertake further training to degree level clinical posts. If you are interested developing a career in care but do not have the relevant experience required then please contact our Practice Education Team who give your details of our up and coming apprenticeship careers events email@example.com
- To assist multi-disciplinary team members in the delivery of care and treatment to people using services. The care provided will encompass social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of the individuals.
- Be responsible for undertaking practical procedures under the supervision of trained nursing staff.
Duties and Responsibilities
Communication & Working Relationships
- To communicate effectively with people using services taking into account any communication difficulties they may have and responding appropriately.
- To form and maintain therapeutic relationships with individuals and other professionals and agencies.
- To maintain accurate and complete records consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
- To communicate in a professional manner that is consistent with relevant legislation, policies and procedures.
- Taking, recording and reporting telephone messages.
- Providing and receiving routine information to assist in undertaking the role.
- Participate in ward / team meetings and discussions.
Planning & Organisation
- To be involved in the assessment and implementation of individual treatment programmes and the persons recovery care plan under the supervision of qualified staff.
- To prioritise tasks and manage the shift workload in discussion with the Nurse-in-Charge.
- Participate in flexible shift system, which requires you to work days, evening, nights, weekends and public holiday's dependant on the needs of the ward.
- In order to provide comprehensive and quality services to individuals, the post holder will if necessary be required to work in other areas of the service as directed by the Line Manager / Nurse-in-Charge.
Responsibility for Judgement & Analysis
- The post holder will be aware of and work within their own limits, and competencies.
- Take part in the constant assessment of risk and management of risk in conjunction with the qualified staff.
- Take part and be aware of Health and Safety matters as appropriate.
- Be punctual for work and conduct themselves in a professional manner in accordance with Trust Policies.
Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment & Therapy
- To be fully aware of each individuals recovery care plan and be involved in clinical formulation and delivery of allocated individuals recovery care plans.
- To participate fully in the allocated /associate nurse role.
- Participation in the delivery of therapeutic interventions, - assisting / facilitating in the running of group and individual 1-1 activities, offering time in positive activity and engagement.
- Participate in procedures involving intensive engagement and care of individuals who are distressed and / or verbally or physically aggressive.
- To provide support with daily living skills.
- Assist in all aspects of physical nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse.
- Be able to recognise signs of abuse and know procedures they need to follow to escalate their concerns.
- Provide regular and practical support to individuals and their carers.
- To maintain the dignity and well being of individuals and their carers at all times.
- Assisting in the monitoring of patient nutritional needs.
- Escorting individuals under direction of Nurse-in-Charge.
- To assist individuals gain access to resources including benefits and welfare rights.
- Participating in ward / team Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings and discussions.
- Keep accurate records of interventions and care provided as indentified in patient care plans as directed by the Nurse-in-Charge and ensure all entries are validated on the electronic records system.
- Promptly report any difficulties encountered whilst implementing agreed care plans to the Nurse-in-Charge, and be able to report both verbally and in written form against progress of care plans.
Policy, Service, Research, Innovation & Improvement
- To complete all core training requirements and other appropriate training courses, to maintain individual professional development.
- To comply with all DPT policies, protocols, procedures relevant to the role.
- Report any observed incidence of unprofessional behaviour, accidents/incidents, untoward occurrences or faulty equipment to the Nurse-in-charge or Line Manager.
- To participate professionally in service development and proposed service changes.
To take part in any audit processes as required.
Comply with universal Infection Control precautions and procedures.
Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources
- Assist in maintaining safety and security of the environment.
- Helping to maintain cleanliness and tidiness of the environment (including equipment).
- To have knowledge and understanding of counter fraud.
- To ensure Trust policies and legislation are followed regarding patient's property and monies.
- To ensure accurate documentation and record keeping.
- To participate in the monitoring, ordering and receipts of stock and non-stock supplies of the ward.
Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management
- To actively participate in regular supervision and an annual staff appraisal which includes service objectives and individual learning and development needs in accordance with Trust policy.
- To participate in and support students learning along with other members of the team.
Information Resources & Administrative Duties
- To effectively use the Trust's IT systems (RiO), off duty (E-roster), learning and development (E-learning), online and any other IT systems either current or in the future as commensurate with the role.
- Maintaining confidentiality of information being aware of Trust policies and local protocols and keeping up-to-date with changes.
Freedom to Act
- Works within the standard operational procedures of the team. Uses own initiative in delivering patient care whilst receiving supervision from the team.
Any Other Specific Tasks Required
- To contribute to the provision of a safe therapeutic environment for individuals, staff and visitors to the unit.
- To take on responsibility for duties assigned by Line Manager.
- The post holder should ensure their fitness to undertake the post they should be able to demonstrate they are able to undertake the level of general training and personal safety training appropriate to their role and work area, and keep this training up-to-date.
- If the ability to perform Physical Intervention Techniques or Prevention of Violence, Management is a requirement of the role, the post holder must declare physical fitness to undertake such a role.
- The post holder should act quickly to protect the safety of individuals if they have reason to believe that they or a colleague may not be fit to undertake the duties within their job role.
- Act within competency.