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Health Care Assistant - Vaughan Thomas

Oxford Health NHS Foun
Warneford Hospital, Oxford
Competitive salary
Closing date
9 Aug 2021
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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

Are you passionate about Mental Health? Join us!

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen on Vaughan Thomas Ward, Warneford Hospital, for a band 3 Health Care Assistant (HCA). We are interested in recruiting someone who is looking to gain skills as an inpatient Mental Health Care Assistant (HCA) or for a more experienced band 3 HCA who is wishing to develop the range and breath of their knowledge and skills with a view of further opportunities to develop.

VT is an 18 bedded acute ward plus a Hospital Based Place of Safety (HBPOS). We provide care and treatment for up to 18 patients, experiencing first episode or chronic mental health problems . We offer a wide range of therapeutic interventions to the men and offer continual support to family and friends with our weekly group.

Applicants should:
  • Be highly motivated and committed to giving the highest standard of patient care
  • Be compassionate towards patients and carers
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have an ability to work in a team
  • Have a willingness to learn

We can offer you:
  • A supportive working environment.
  • Access to excellent training and development
  • The opportunity to work as part of a close-knit team
  • The opportunity and time to care for others in a way that you would like to be cared for

Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers contribute significantly to the standards of nursing and patient experience and outcomes, providing valued support to our inpatient nursing and therapy teams.

This role can be the first rung on the ladder to becoming a qualified nurse. You can progress through our apprenticeship framework without having to attend and fund a full time university course.

Care Certificate:

All new non-registered clinical staff will receive an induction to the Trust that enables them to complete or refresh the Care Certificate.

The Care Certificate is a national certificate, which was introduced to provide the public with assurance that the staff looking after them have been assessed as having the correct introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to enable them to provide safe, compassionate, high quality care.

The Care Certificate consists of 15 standards assessed in practice by completion of a portfolio. Completing or refreshing the Care Certificate, attending local induction and having the support of your clinical team will enable you to build on your existing skills and develop skills and behaviours needed for a successful career with Oxford Health.

Our staff say:

'I really enjoy making a difference with our patients'

'There are learning opportunities, and I feel supported to learn new information and integrate it with my practice'

'I find the team very supportive and enjoy the challenge'

Want to talk about the role?

Give us a call, we would be very happy to hear from you. We also welcome visits from interested applicants!

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Abiola Jokomba

Job title: Ward Manager

Email address:

Telephone number: 01865902992

Additional contact information

Carol Gee (Modern Matron)

Phone: 01865902600/01865902992

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  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website .

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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