Job description    2021-02-23

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Mental Health Older Adult Band 4 Advanced Clinical Support Worker – Orchid Ward, Prospect Park Hospital, Reading
If you are looking to progress your mental health career pathway, Orchid ward can offer you a great environment that will enable you to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence as an Advanced Clinical Support worker. Our flexible working patterns consisting of short days (7.5hrs), long days (12hrs) & nights (10.75hrs) give colleagues options that support an improved work life balance. Orchid is a mixed 20 bed Ward that provides care for older adults with functional mental health conditions. Based in Reading, located close to the amenities of the town centre and a leafy park, the ward works closely with patients and families to help them to identify their needs and participate actively in their care, providing a place of empathy, kindness and compassion. We have created a culture where everyone has a voice and where service users and staff collaborate to make positive change. With experience working in a healthcare setting, you will hold a relevant healthcare qualification, including a BCS in Psychology or NVQ/Foundation Degree and demonstrate knowledge and skills gained as a senior support worker, an occupational therapy assistant or similar role. Enthusiastic and with a passion for caring for patients with complex needs, you will have a warm personality and the resilience to help us transform our patients’ lives. Calm, confident and assertive in emotionally demanding situations, you will be astute at setting and maintaining professional boundaries. Providing compassionate, patient-centred care, you will be an inspirational member of our team, contributing to the continual improvement of our service. Supporting our highly-skilled, multi-disciplinary team, you will have opportunities to lead projects focused on patient engagement and experience, discharge planning and quality improvement, and supervise and mentor less qualified colleagues. In return for your energy and drive, you will be rewarded with the support of a dedicated team that strives to create a progressive, warm and empathetic environment, where you will play a vital role in helping us achieve our ambitions to become a ‘Centre of Excellence’.
About the Job To contribute to the clinical management of designated service users, in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care. Participate in undertaking joint risk assessments and support the development and review of risk management and care-plans with patients and their carers to an identified group within their level of competency under the supervision of a registered professional. Support the admission and discharge process of patients by completing aspects of the process which they have been assessed as competent to undertake. This may include aspects of core assessment and supporting the team in MDT reviews. To identify opportunities for therapeutic activities and provide and supervise these as appropriate, providing emotional support and stability to patients through 1:1 and group work and ensuring effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries. Delegate work where appropriate and support junior staff and students in actively engaging in a range of therapeutic patient activity. To ensure effective communication with patients, relatives and carers, visitors, staff and others acknowledging and addressing barriers to understanding.
Some of the benefits of joining our team: Agenda for Change Salary ranging from £21,892 to £24,157 per annum Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance Annual leave – 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff Excellent learning and development opportunities Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car Access to onsite library Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff Advanced IT enablement and support Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff. And so much more
The “must haves” for you to be considered for this role: Degree in a health related subject or qualification e.g NVQ/QCF, or significant equivalent experience in inpatient mental health setting with a willingness to undertake required level 5 health care qualification Robust and relevant experience within healthcare settings Experience working within inpatient mental health settings Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing at all levels
If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we would recommend you apply today! We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call: Leina Lejuta on 0118 960 5336 or email: Keitsesepe.Lejuta@berkshire.nhs.uk who’ll be delighted to help.
We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required. After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from apps.trac.jobs. You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. Appointment to any position is conditional on the satisfactory completion of the core NHS Employment Checks Standards. Information disclosed in your application will be checked and any offer of appointment may be withdrawn if you knowingly withhold information or provide false or misleading information. The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies. Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the health of its staff, patients and the wider community by providing a smoke free environment. A smoke free policy is in operation and smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s sites. The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. NO AGENCIES TO CONTACT BERKSHIRE HEALTHCARE DIRECTLY PLEASE

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