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  • Full Time
  • Sowenna
Thank you for your interest in joining us at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

We pride ourselves in striving to be an employer of choice.

Strategic Themes

Great Care

  • Care based on what matters to people.
  • Care provided at home or close to home.
  • Improvement through learning, research and innovation.
  • Prevention and alternatives to hospital.

Great Organisation

  • Buildings that support health and wellbeing.
  • Technology enabled care.
  • Care teams are supported by responsive corporate services.
  • Safe, efficient, effective and productive.

Great People

  • A place people love to work and feel valued.
  • Living our values with staff (all voices count).
  • Attract, grow and develop talent.
  • Leaders with compassion, who continuously learn and listen.

Great Partner

  • Encourage and enable effective partnerships.
  • Joined-up community services.
  • Work with others to maximise workforce opportunities.
  • Reduce our impact on the environment.

 At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have a ‘home’ office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The successful applicant will be an NHS employee and may therefore have contact with vulnerable service users. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to take significant steps to protect the health and safety of our staff, service users and those attending our sites. Unless exempt, we encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

 

Job overview

 

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre at Carew House, Bodmin on 21st June 2024. This will be a morning or afternoon to be confirmed.

We are looking for a kind, motivated and enthusiastic Health care Assistant to join our team at Sowenna.

Sowenna, meaning “success” is Cornwall’s first Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Inpatient Unit providing treatment for young people aged between 13 and 18 years and working collaboratively with the Community CAMHS teams, ensuring a seamless whole service approach.

Our emphasis is on providing a therapeutic environment, offering a holistic approach to treatment in a safe and supported space which promotes rehabilitation and recovery. We work with various professionals, carers and community staff to ensure effective delivery of care and a planned, safe and timely discharge.

The successful candidate will be part of a dedicated, multi-disciplinary  team.

 

Main duties of the job

 

This post is primarily focussed upon working within the CAMHS adolescent in-patient unit, but will also involve working closely with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly community CAMHS team, including working with young people who are attending the day-patient facility, to ensure a seamless whole service approach.

The role of Healthcare Assistant involves working a rotational shift pattern, including day and night shifts, weekends and bank holidays as required. The role of the Health Care Assistant includes supporting the multidisciplinary team’s assessment, planning and delivery of care needs of young people who have been admitted to the adolescent in- patient mental health unit.

The role includes carrying out assigned tasks involving direct care under the direct or indirect supervision of a registered nurse. This may involve working on a one-to-one basis with young people to maintain their safety. As part of a team, and under direct or indirect supervision, the Health Care Assistant will provide high quality mental and physical health care to young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and their families.

The Health Care Assistant will also assist in service and best practice developments, contributing to the evaluation of programmes of care by reporting to the clinical supervisor, registered nurse or other members of the multidisciplinary team as appropriate.

 

Working for our organisation

 

We’re an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people’s physical and mental health.  We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you’ll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people’s homes, in community clinics and bases.  Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon.  As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’.

Person specification

Education/Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care or willingness to undertake training
Desirable criteria
  • Specific training associated with this service user group

Skills and Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Caring attitude and ability to develop therapeutic relationships with young people and their families
  • Previous knowledge and experience with working with individuals with complex mental health or social needs
  • Previous knowledge and experience of working in a care environment
  • Ability to use information technology, or willingness to learn
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in an in-patient adolescent mental health setting

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