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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/12/2020.

Qualified Nursing Associate

Job Reference: 798-0677

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Community Mental Health
£21,892 to £24,157 pa

From November 2020 the name of the Trust changed from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust to better reflect our geography and service delivery across both counties.


Our Trust is a great place to work and we are keen to ensure that all our employees have the right values in order that we can provide the best service to our patients. These values are very important to us, and as a potential candidate you should be made aware that we test for these throughout the whole assessment/recruitment and selection process, and will only interview and recruit individuals who demonstrate these values through their application and behaviour.

Details of our Values can be found on our website link 'Working together for outstanding care - our vision'

Following new investment as a provider of choice, in line with the transformation of mental health services we are keen to expand our existing workforce within the community mental health teams. Opportunity has arisen for a development within community services and we are proud to be recruiting community Nursing Associates to our teams.

Why not join a future focused, person centred organisation that is looking to invest in the local community and its workforce. Herefordshire’s demographic varies from inner city population to small towns and rural communities. We are privileged with regards to the city and county being steeped in history and it truly is a beautiful place to live and work.

You will be based in Hereford City and work with a locality primary care aligned workforce. You will be expected to work flexibly to cover according to service delivery need across the county. The service operates from 9 am -5 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated professionals to become part of a primary care facing community. We are a forward thinking service, currently designing a new integrated delivery model that welcomes innovative thinkers and values its employee’s and people with lived experiences who are accessing our services.

The service is a busy mental health service which offers a variety of therapeutic interventions to the people of Herefordshire County. The team’s ethos is Recovery driven with an emphasis on compassion focused care. Collaborative working with service users will be expected as part of delivering excellent evidenced based care. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality based service to our local community.

The team works with partner agencies within an integrated health care environment to provide collaborative interventions and care packages which promote and enable recovery for people with severe and/or enduring mental health challenges. This is a truly exciting opportunity to be at the fore of transformed mental health services.

Aspects of the role would include developing your expertise by close working within primary care centres, contributing to mental health needs assessments, individualised plans of care, providing support to other professionals and to those in a caring role in addition to the support consummate with your nursing associate qualifications.

As a Nursing associate you will be given opportunity to build your confidence and broaden your skill set within your locality team, whilst working independently under the leadership of registered nurses.

This is a community based position and you will need to be able to meet the travel requirements.

The workload is fast paced and varied. You should therefore have the ability to manage your own time effectively to meet the needs of your caseload and team.

We value our workforce and are committed to ensuring your wellbeing is maintained. Our staff benefit from regular supervision and robust appraisals. Additionally group supervision/learning forums are available with a team psychologist

There is scope for continued professional development as the trust has a repertoire of training available to those wishing to extend their skill set. Developing our workforce is important to us, and we are pioneering champion roles across the organisation. There is an exciting training programme being developed specifically for our staff to ensure the model of care, mapped against national standards is delivered effectively by a skilled workforce.

This post will offer the opportunity to develop your career in a challenging and demanding arena whilst at the same time become part of a supportive and valued team of multi professionals. We would welcome the application of a highly motivated Band 4 Qualified Nursing Associate (or qualifying in next 3 months) from a variety of backgrounds to include, acute mental health, older adults and learning disabilities.

If you are looking to be part of an exciting opportunity and contribute to the development of community mental health services in Herefordshire then please apply, we look forward to hearing from you.

For any further information or informal discussion please contact: Rachael Oliver, Clinical Lead at our Widemarsh Street Office on: 01432 371 380.



Flexible working - The Trust has a commitment that all employees should be able to balance their working life with commitments outside of work. Our Flexible Working policy enables you to request a flexible working pattern that suits you.

Closing Vacancy Early - In the event of exceptionally high levels of response, we reserve the right to close the post before the date stated in order to prevent the number of applications received being unmanageable.

Interview Pool - If the same or similar vacancy arises within the recruitment period of this post or up to 3 months afterwards, the Trust may chose not to re advertise, but to select a suitable candidate from this interview pool. The new post may differ in terms of the base, hours or contract type and therefore you are encouraged to apply for advertised posts but specify on your application form your preferences.

Applicant Requirements - Applicants must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.

Probationary Period - All new appointments are subject to 6 months’ probation period.

Priority of Applicants - Please note that applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified/experienced individuals. However prior consideration will be given to applications from individuals who are ‘at risk’ and employed by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. If an appointment is made from that at risk group, the post will be withdrawn.

Requirement for DBS Update Service - If the position being applied for requires a DBS check to be undertaken on you, it will be a condition of your employment that you have subscribed and continue to subscribe to the DBS Update Service. Further information on the update service can be found on our website link ‘DBS Update Service.’

Preceptorship for Newly Qualified Staff - The Trust offers a preceptorship year for newly qualified nurses and AHP's and attendance at preceptorship programmes is a condition of employment.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. 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.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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