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Clinical Support Worker - Learning Disabilities

Job Reference: 246-ESU1834088

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Learning Disabilities
Mariner house, ipswich
£18,813 - £20,795 gross per annum

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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We are looking for a support worker to join our community team for adults who have a learning disability, mental illness and/or challenging behaviour across East Suffolk.

Are you passionate about the development and transformation of services for people with a Learning Disability?

Do you want to be part of developing an ongoing service that was rated 'Good' by the CQC?

Do you have a flair for engaging positively with adults with a learning disability, their families and wider networks?

We are seeking a flexible, committed, and driven individual. You will have an understanding of the particular barriers faced by our service users and their families,and an awareness of a range of interventions and their delivery. You will be able to demonstrate skills and ability in engaging people who have a learning disability, mental illness and/or challenging behaviours, their families, carers and wider systems.

You will be able to demonstrate an awareness and value in early identification and intervention and the importance of physical health and wellbeing and how to promote these.

You will be passionate and able to demonstrate an understanding as to why people should be supported to maximise their potential and achieve their highest outcomes by remaining in their home, school, workplace and local community. In this role you will be working directly with service users and families across these environments, on a day to day basis. Your work will support the implementation of Positive Behaviour Support plans and assessment and supporting individuals in the community.

You will have experience in working as part of a skilled, experienced and supportive multidisciplinary team.

An ability to be self-motivated, as well as be able to work as part of a team is vital.

Team development is valued and clinical team meetings will be strongly embedded in the culture of the team. You would receive regular supervision within the Trust supervision model.

The post holder will demonstrate skills in developing and supporting the preferred method of communication for individuals, which may include developing easy read information and resources.

Our Learning Disability Mental Health service is for adults across East Suffolk.

It is an exciting time to join the service, as we are undergoing transformation and development plans with other key agencies and development such as the CCG and NHSI England. We value multi-agency collaborative working and aspire to values from Future In Mind, such as service user participation and ensuring appropriate and evidence based services for the we see.

You will be based at Mariner House Ipswich initially but will be required to work flexibly across East Suffolk.

You will be committed to developing high quality standard of work and able to demonstrate excellent communication skills.

We will provide a full induction on recruitment.

We have a genuine commitment to training and development with an extensive teaching matrix and protected time for managerial and clinical supervision supported by psychology input. Staff working within Learning Disability also have the opportunity to access the LD knowledge and skills framework. You should expect to access all relevant sector specific qualifications for your role whilst in this post. The Foundation qualification for support staff is the Care Certificate which will form part of your induction into the Trust and must be achieved within the first 12 weeks of employment.


Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interviews are to be confirmed, candidates may only be given a minimum of 3 days’ notice, please note this date is provisional and may be subject to change. You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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For further details / informal visits contact:

Lorraine Parkinson

Manager of the East Suffolk Community Learning Disability Team

01473 341100

Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT - Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures – these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

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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