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Support Worker

Employer
Devon Partnership NHS
Location
Exeter / Tavistock / Totnes & Torquay / Barnstaple
Salary
Competitive salary
Closing date
24 Jan 2022

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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.

Our values

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, job share & 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. Applicants who declare a disability & meet the essential criteria in the job description will be invited to interview.

Covid Vaccination Requirement

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require most healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated (1st & 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022. To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.

The role

  • Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UK's most respected mental health and learning disability trusts?
  • Would you like to do a job that makes a difference every day?

We are looking for experienced Support Workers to join our Core Mental Health Teams across Devon.

You will support mental health practitioners with a defined caseload of individuals, through the delivery of brief interventions, psychosocial support and other tailored and recovery focused interventions.

Some of the duties and responsibilities you will have in your role will include being expected to communicate effectively with people using services taking into account any communication difficulties they may have and responding appropriately, to independently or jointly monitor a person's mental health to ensure safety, this may require intensive input and /or regular monitoring as directed by the mental health practitioners within the team and in accordance with the recovery care plan and to communicate any changes in the person's presentation to the care co-ordinator or appropriate professional in a timely manner.

A full list of your expected duties and responsibilities are included within the job description.

As part of our commitment to you we will support you to learn the skills you need to thrive in the role.

We will offer you the training and development support you need to begin a fulfilling career. In return, you will need to be motivated, flexible and eager to learn.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to people's lives from the moment you start.

£20,330 - £21,777 per annum pro rata(Band 3)

About you

We are looking for an experienced support worker preferably someone with experience of working within a community setting. You will have excellent communication skills and be confident working as part of a team and independently managing your own diary. You will be able to demonstrate empathy, compassion and patience towards individuals with mental health illness and be patient and tolerant in challenging situations.

A full list of person specifics can be found within the job description.

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 atskillsforcare.org.uk/Learning-development/inducting-staff/care-certificate/Care-Certificate.aspx

We will also offer entry onto our Apprenticeship programme to initially undertake the Level 3 in Health & Social Care, this opens to applications every 6 months. 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 ondpt.practiceeducation@nhs.net

The location

Your base will be within our community mental health teams in the following locations:

West Devon: Tavistock

South Devon: Totnes & Torquay

North Devon: Barnstaple

Exeter: Wonford House

However under the current COVID-19 conditions this may be subject to alternative arrangements/change for example home working. Please be assured that any alternatives will be discussed fully with you and the organisation. Please ask the appointing manager if you have any questions.

Please indicate in the first line of your supporting information your preferred location

About us

Our multi-disciplinary Core mental health teams include Consultants, Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers and to support the team we are employing Support Workers and we also looking to recruit Peer Support Workers into our teams.

This is an exciting time to join a forward thinking and dynamic mental health teams within Devon Partnership Trust.

Join us at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and you'll be joining an award-winning organisation that is passionate about mental health and learning disability.

Our offer to you

We recognise our people want to learn and develop. We offer our staff a range of training opportunities including a variety of in-house training programmes designed and delivered by experts, and opportunities to access external training where appropriate.

In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you thrive.

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years' service with the NHS
  • Individual personal development plans & a commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our staff networks
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and reduced public transport rates
  • Structured learning and development opportunities.


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Application supporting information

As part of the application process, you may be asked four simple values based recruitment questions. Your responses will determine we are happy to progress with your application.

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted by email with interview details. Therefore, it is important that you check your NHS jobs account regularly. To access emails from us, please log into your account, and go to 'My Applications'.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Devon Partnership NHS Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process should you be appointed. We will not seek references until you have been made a conditional offer.

Please note by applying for posts that require a professional registration, you are also consenting to this being checked prior to interview. Preference will be given to staff at risk in priority order.

Any identification documents supplied as part of the recruitment process will be verified manually and electronically in line with NHS employment check standards.

Please note

This advert will be withdrawn when a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you have part completed an application, we will contact you to advise you of this.

As a new member of staff to Devon Partnership NHS Trust you will be required to attend a full induction programme at the beginning of your employment. The content and length of this programme will depend on your new job role and where you will be working. This can be between one day for non-clinical staff and up to 10 days for inpatient clinical staff.

Thank you for applying.

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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