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Senior Community Support Worker - Band 4

Gloucestershire Health
Gloucester/ Cheltenham
Competitive salary
Closing date
26 Jan 2022

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Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed in October 2019, following the merger of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The two Trusts joined together to provide integrated mental health, physical health and learning disability services to communities.

Do you have experience of working in mental health or social care services at Bands 3 or 4, in a community setting?

Are you interested in engaging service users and involving them in planning their care pathway in their home environment and engaging them in meaningful activities at times when motivation is low and engagement is difficult.

The Gloucester, Cheltenham and Forest of Dean Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team are looking for an enthusiastic forward thinking person interested in working with individuals with Serious Mental Illness who are at imminent need of hospital admission.

You will formulate care plans, complete risk assessments and contribute to the on-going care and recovery of our service users. You will be required to work as part of a team which operates 24hours 365 days per year on a rotational shift basis this will include night shifts. You will be required to undertake activities with clients such as taking them shopping etc therefore you will need to hold a current full driving licence.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the continued safety of our patients, visitors and staff you will be required to undergo a Criminal Records check.

You will need to be flexible' in your working arrangements. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received if this is before the closing date.

Hours per week - 37.5

For more information contact Lana Stevens - Team Manager 01452 894240

Closing date: 06/02/22

As a Health Care Assistant/ Support Worker you will be responsible for participating and assisting in the delivery of care / services to patients and service users as part of a Mental Health and Social Care Health Service. Health Care Assistant, Social Care Workers and other Healthcare Support Workers employed by the Trust are required to follow the guidance set out in Code of Conduct for Health Care Assistants/ Health Care Support Workers to provide safe and compassionate care of a high standard, and to challenge others who are not.

You will receive direct supervision and partake in reflective practice / training on a regular basis and be required to meet the Care Certificate standards. All successful applicants will also have the opportunity to discuss the prospect of undertaking a Level 3 Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship alongside their substantive post. This apprenticeship would include the Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document 'Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice' prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a 'Veteran Aware Trust', evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right-hand side, titled 'Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance'.

All candidates for frontline NHS jobs should be aware that as of 1 April 2022, subject to final legislation, covid-19 vaccinations will become mandatory for all frontline health care staff. This is a condition of employment with the trust for all front-line roles unless you are formally medically exempt. A front-line role is a clinical or non-clinical role which is patient facing e.g. Nurse, doctor, AHP, porter, cleaner, housekeeper, receptionist. The proposed new government regulations will only allow providers of CQC-regulated activities to deploy individuals who have been vaccinated against covid-19 to roles where they interact with patients and service users. Appointees starting before 1 April 2022, will be required to have had their 1st vaccination dose by 3rd February 2022, to allow for the second dose to be administered before April 2022.

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Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust's Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

Applicants should note that all appointments to GHCNHSFT are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, GHCNHSFT will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

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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