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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 31/05/2021.

Health Care Support Worker

Job Reference: 348-PSE-453A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Intensive Support Service OPMH
£19,737 to £21,142 pa (based on full time hours)

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities.

The Intensive Support Team is a new and exciting service working across Portsmouth and the South East region supporting the older persons population of Gosport & Fareham, Havant & Waterlooville and Petersfield and Bordon.

We are seeking positive and motivated staff who are committed to improving the quality of life for others who may be at a point of crisis in their lives who wish to be part of a resilient, welcoming and professional team.

The aim of IST is to implement a model of OPMH care to support older adults with mental health needs both organic and functional who are experiencing a crisis. The service provides time-limited specialist support, assessment, formulation and intervention for individuals who are experiencing a significant decline in their quality of life as a result of complex mental health needs and/or distressed behaviours that may result in placement/home breakdown and/or hospital admission. Those accessing the service present with a complexity of mental and physical health needs which cannot be safely managed by the person themselves, their family, support provider and/or the Community Mental Health Team. IST works with people for a short and focused period of intensive, regular and emergency support for a mental health crisis.

Our work is person-centred and aims to understand the needs and functions of the behavioural disturbance or complex needs the person maybe presenting. We centre our work towards delivering highly individualised programs of care which is built upon positive behaviour support.The aim is to enhance the patient and carers quality of life, thus reducing unnecessary admissions to in-patient hospital or residential care.

Applicants should be highly motivated, have the ability to act on own initiative and have sound assessment and written skills. You will need to be open to change and possess the necessary drive, enthusiasm and commitment to deliver person centred outcomes in a time limited framework. We are looking for nurses and health care support workers to help us lead this service.

The service is Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm and based at Aerodrome House in Gosport. Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants have a valid driving licence to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes

If you are interested in applying, please contact Ian Douglas Area Matron for further information 07453262290.

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We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal opportunities. We strongly encourage candidates to read all available information to support their application, please use the application form to demonstrate that you meet the requirements laid out in the job description and person specification.

Previous applicants need not apply within a six month period for the same role.

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment; costs associated with this will be reimbursed, subject to taxation in line with guidance from HMRC.

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Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

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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