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  • Full Time
  • kent

Job overview

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and flexible  Senior Health care Assistant to join our established team of nursing staff based on Willow Suite Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

The role involves providing care and support to in-patients currently experiencing acute mental health difficulties requiring an inpatient admission.

Commitment to meeting the needs of people with mental health problems and valuing their rights is a pre-requisite.

You will be required to adopt a flexible working pattern and be committed to self development and training. There will be the prospect of undertaking an NVQ and Health Care Worker Certificate.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Healthcare Assistant (Band 3) is a key member of the multidisciplinary care team and will have continuing responsibility to:

Deliver an effective and competent level of care under the guidance and supervision of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) and as determined by the patient’s care plan.

Be fully aware of the needs of patients over a 24 hour span of care.

Monitor, report and maintain a healthy, safe and secure workplace

Adhere to Trust policies and local service protocols.

Professionally accountable to the Executive Director of Nursing.

Operationally accountable to the Matron / Clinical Service Manager.


Consistently delivering a patient focused service, which promotes optimum independence.

Offering appropriate support and advice to patients and their carers.

Awareness of different challenging situations where communication needs to be adapted to the needs of the individual.

Enabling patients to maintain and improve their independence by promoting and facilitating therapeutic activity.

Giving physical health checks and physical health care as required or instructed documenting the physical health checks on the early warning scoring system (MEWS), chart and reporting changes to the nurse/healthcare professional in charge.

Undertaking day to day tasks as allocated by Nurse/healthcare professional in Charge.

Undertaking all relevant training as directed and participating in regular management/clinical supervision and appraisal.

Working for our organisation

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details and main responsibilities of the role.

Person specification

Training, Qualifications and Registration

Essential criteria
  • Good IT skills including Word and Outlook
Desirable criteria
  • the ability to use the RIO electronic records system


Essential criteria
  • Lived experience of secondary mental health services
  • Willing to share own life experiences
Desirable criteria
  • Minimum of 1 year experience working with people with mental health needs

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Car driver with full driver’s license and insurance.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Flexibility to change and innovation
  • The ability to work a variety of hours to suit the needs of service users and the service
  • Willingness to complete job specific training

Probation Period. New employees external to Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust are subject to a six month probationary period.

To deliver an effective service it is essential in some of our roles that you are able to travel between work bases in a timely manner.

Production of false or forged documents/qualifications in order to obtain employment is a criminal offence and will be reported to the Police.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check.
Certain roles are subject to criminal record checks called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Therefore, you will be required to submit a completed Disclosure form to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

KMPT is creating an environment for equal opportunities for all, where we can ALL be ourselves.

We take pride in our services – which are underpinned by our Trust values:

  • Respect – We value people as individuals, we treat others as we would like to be treated.
  • Openness – Work in a collaborative, transparent way.
  • Accountability – We are professional and responsible for our actions.
  • Working together – We work together to make a difference for our service users.
  • Innovation – We find creative ways to run efficient, high quality services.
  • Excellence – We listen and learn to continually improve our knowledge and ways of working.

In cases where we receive a high volume of applications for a post, it may be necessary to bring the closing date forward. Please submit your completed application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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