Clinical Support Worker

South London and Mauds
Bethlem Royal Hospital/ Maudsley Hospital, Beckenham/Denmark Hill
Competitive salary
20 Jul 2021
24 Jul 2021
Role Type
Start Date
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to providing high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for the care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good'.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users, where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I'm going to do, is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you'll be part of something special.

SLaM has the largest and most specialised CAMHS services in the country and is on the forefront of personalised support for young people and children. We want to recruit Senior Healthcare Support Workers who have a real understanding of the needs of the CAMHS group, who can bring innovation and change to our growing services.

In order to deliver the high quality of care we believe our young people deserve, we are recruiting Senior Support Workers to work alongside Nurses and a multidisciplinary team which consists of Doctors, Clinical Psychologist, Systematic Family Therapist, Occupational Therapist and education staff, to engage with young people and their families and provide the range of interventions they need in a full and diverse daily programme. We expect the nursing team to be at the centre of leading the unit and an integral part of the young people's recovery. To achieve this, we need excellent Senior Healthcare Support Workers who are able to communicate and engage with young people in a variety of ways and able to contribute to a non-judgemental and supportive environment, with appropriate boundaries and limits.

Dependant on the location in which you will be based, the below are the salaries:

Bethlem - Croydon: £21,447 - £24,108 p.a. inc.

Maudsley - Southwark: £22,113 - £24,774 p.a. inc

The CAMHS CAG is made up with four inpatient services:

The Bethlem Adolescent Unit is a 12 bedded 'open' adolescent unit. The unit provides inpatient care and treatment for young people who are experiencing mental health problems to a degree that symptoms and/or risk can no longer be managed safely at home with the support of community services. The ward also offers a day service for 2 young people.

Acorn lodge Children's Unit is a 10-bedded unit offering assessment and treatment for children aged between four and 13 years old, who have a wide range of severe emotional or behavioural disorders, including neurodevelopmental disorders and very early-onset psychosis. 2 of the beds are high dependency beds. The ward also offers a day service for 2 children.

Snowfields Adolescent Unit is a 11 bed 'open' adolescent unit. The unit provides inpatient care and treatment for young people who are experiencing mental health problems to a degree that symptoms and/or risk can no longer be managed safely at home with the support of community services. The ward also offers a day service for 2 young people

CAMHS Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, We are delighted to have opened a brand new PICU for young people aged 12-18, filling a much needed gap in service provision across South London. We provide an 8 bedded mixed sex unit for young people with an acute mental health illness who cannot be safely cared for on a general unit.

The Bethlem Unit, Acorn Lodge and CAMHS PICU service are set within the picturesque grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital with outer London waiting. Snowfields Unit is based at the Maudsley Hospital Denmark Hill with inner London waiting.

The units have an extensive / well-resourced team of experienced professionals who can provide a broad range of interventions, which are delivered by psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, teachers, therapists and social workers. Additionally, there is an "Outstanding" on site education provision. The units were rated "Good" by the CQC.

We currently have vacancies for a Band 3 Senior Healthcare Support Workers in the 4 London units. In this role you will provide planned, individualised care to children / young people experiencing mental health problems, under the indirect supervision of a Registered Nurse.

You will have the opportunity to gain further clinical experience in a CAMHS setting and/or commence on a development pathway offered by the Trust, which can lead to further opportunities as a support worker and promotion. We are therefore looking for candidates who want to develop a career as a support worker within CAMHS and may have limited mental health experience within CAMHS (but other mental health experience), or those candidates who wish to gain further experience for a short period. With this in mind we are looking for candidates with a range of past experiences and qualifications, but who have a desire and enthusiasm to work with young people.

The post holder will be considered for the national Apprenticeships Scheme to complete a 12 month development programme on the job; in line with the Apprenticeships Standards (2017). The Care Certificate forms part of the training and covers most of the required mandatory training within the Trust.

All staff will be required to complete the care certificate. Those post holders with a 'Care Certificate' issued by the former employer will be expected to submit their certificate and portfolio of evidence, to the Education and Development Department for verification and further guidance on how to proceed once commencing the Apprenticeship Programme

The programme will also involve off ward training to ensure clinical support workers have the time to develop and consolidate their learning.

At SLAM, Apprenticeships offers a new career pathway for clinical support workers to progress up the career ladder with confidence and flexibility.

If successful at the shortlisting stage you will be invited to an assessment & interview day.

Previous candidates need not apply.

The South London Partnership

The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) is a collaboration between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, delivering mental health services to a population of more than three million people. The partnership brings togeth

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The Trust is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident Employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community and people of all protected characteristics. We provide reasonable adjustments for candidates with a disability and are committed to treating people fairly with compassion, respect and dignity and in promoting equality and human rights. We aim to put this commitment into practice by:
  • Embedding our commitment to tackling inequality, eliminating discrimination and harassment; promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in our everyday practice
  • Ensuring that all our services and all staff understand and support our commitment
  • We believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff, should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity

Please note:
  • That all applications for this post will need to be made online
  • That you read and understand the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role. Your Statement in Support should reflect the requirements specified as your application will be judged against these criteria
  • That the closing date listed is a guide only and that the vacancy may close earlier should sufficient number of applicants have been received. We advise that you submit your application as early as possible
  • That once you have submitted your application you agree to your application being transferred to a 3rd party e-recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from
  • That should you not have heard from us within three weeks from the closing date your application has not successful
  • That priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees
  • That we are a smoke-free Trust
  • SLaM is a Stonewall Diversity Champion , Stonewall is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) rights charity in Europe'

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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