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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/11/2020.

Health Care Support Worker

Job Reference: 351-MH1450-PN-B

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Secure Mental Health Services
Guild Lodge, Preston
£19,737 - £21,142 Per Annum

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire and Sefton area. The Trust was first established in 2002 and employs approximately 7,000 staff who provide care from more than 400 sites

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, home/remote working, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

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Exciting opportunities have arisen to work in this inpatient Secure Mental Health service at Guild Lodge Hospital.


Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health Trust providing adult mental health and substance misuse services to the residents of Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust also provides low and medium secure care and forensic services.

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is a great place to work and has a sound future as a leading provider of excellent mental health and substance misuse services. The Trust invests in its staff and seeks to provide them with opportunities for training and personal development.

Secure Mental Health Care for Lancashire and South Cumbria is provided at Guild Lodge, Whittingham. The service has steadily expanded from it’s inception in 1999 and currently has a range of inpatient and community services including 164 inpatient beds.

Guild Lodge consists of 3 main service lines (15 wards), which include:

  • Men’s service
  • Women’s service
  • Acquired Brain Injury Service

Caring for adults within Medium and Low Security, and Step Down environments.

Each of the services has their own model of care and provides bespoke training in addition to the comprehensive LSCFT Induction and local induction.

Applications are now invited from motivated, innovative and reliable individuals who would like to join a multi-disciplinary team committed to delivering excellent care within a Secure environment as Health Care Support Workers. Applicants will have a strong sense of compassion, respect for others and team working. They must demonstrate a desire to support and care for others yet be comfortable working with clients who present challenging behaviours.

The Secure Service Network provides high quality care for men and woman, with acquired brain injuries who experience enduring mental illness with a range of complex cognitive, relational and mental health difficulties and risk-related needs. Our core values include a focus on developing excellent therapeutic relationships with service users and working jointly to understand their rehabilitation needs, ensuring optimal quality of life. We value working in a way which enhances our service users’ sense of empowerment, choice and control and develops their positive sense of self. This post will be suited to someone with experience of understanding, managing challenging and emotionally demanding clinical presentations. The individual will be able to guide, support, supervise and role-model on how to respond to these challenges. We welcome applications from people who are motivated to work in an informed way and who enjoy both the challenges and sense of achievement that can be experienced as part of this work.

This post will be suited to those looking for and with experience of understanding, managing challenging and emotionally demanding clinical presentations. The individual will be able to guide, support, supervise and role-model within a team on how to respond to these challenges and offer excellent quality care.

Successful applicants will be able to experience a broad range of clinical specialities and will have access to a comprehensive package of professional coaching, education and clinical support.

Guild Lodge hospital site is situated in beautiful rural area, yet close to motorway links from all directions of travel (improved greatly with a new bypass soon to be opened).

The hospital site offers:

  • Free staff parking
  • Onsite restaurant facilities
  • Access to new housing area with local school

Our valued staff receive:

  • Induction and support for those new to the services
  • Extensive mandatory training for all staff
  • Access to salary sacrifice schemes for cars, electronics etc.
  • Excellent support and Wellbeing services
  • Superb external training and development opportunities
  • Opportunities to develop skills across differing care environments
  • 1:1 support from clinical supervision

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and motivated individual, who is caring and compassionate with an interest support individuals in their recovery. The individual needs to be able to role model and have good understanding of confidentiality and boundaries. They also need to demonstrate effective communication skills as well good IT and written skills. The individual will be required to work shifts and work with the Multi-Disciplinary Team to ensure the delivery of a quality service in line with CQC essential standards.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Louise Eland, Project Manager on: 01772 406730

Please ensure that you read the Person Specification attached below as your application will be measured against this document. Applications from job share partners are welcome and other forms of flexible working will be considered for all posts.

For all posts which require a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check please be aware of the DBService Code of Practice, a copy of which is available by logging on to the DBS website.

You are advised to consider applying for LSCFT vacancies as soon as possible as in some instances vacancies are closed as soon as a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you are not invited to interview within 3 weeks of the closing date then please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful, as it is not possible to contact all unsuccessful candidates.

Lancashire & South Cumbria is committed to celebrating difference as an asset and we know that recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds helps to create a more flexible, creative and effective workforce. We welcome applications from people regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief or sexual orientation. If there is anything you’d like to discuss in relation to your application then please ask.

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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.

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