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Healthcare Assistant – Learning Disability IPU

St Andrew's Healthcare
Contract Type
Health & Medical
Expiry Date
19/07/2018 16:58:00
Healthcare Assistant – Learning Disability IPUNorthamptonFrom £16,486 plus enhancementsHours: 37.5 – Full time The Learning Disability

Job Description

Healthcare Assistant – Learning Disability IPU
From £16,486 plus enhancements
Hours: 37.5 – Full time

The Learning Disability IPU equips people with the skills required to live as independently as possible, closer to communities of their choosing, is our aim. We recognise that to do this it’s vital we provide the right type of care to address an individual’s clinical needs and risk. 

Many of the service users have experienced severe trauma in their lives and staff members need to work to develop a compassionate and sensitive ward culture that helps to develop trust and a positive therapeutic rapport.  Our objective is to help people feel safe enough to learn new ways of behaving so that they can move towards low secure environments or community living.

Your role

This is your opportunity to be part of specialist services for people with a Learning Disability (LD)   you’ll be part of the multi-disciplinary team of Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Psychologists, Social Workers and Responsible Clinicians that work on the ward who are able to provide expertise in all aspects of the service users' requirements. You will also be trained within all aspects of the role and have a mentor to support you.  You do not have to have been a Health Care Assistant before as long as you are caring, committed, and compassionate about people and would like to improve people’s quality of life.

Your profile

There are no set entry requirements to become a Healthcare Assistant but there are skills and personal characteristics needed.
To be a Healthcare Assistant in mental health care, you will need to be:
·         Resilient
·         Caring and kind
·         Cheerful and friendly
·         Willing to do personal care tasks (washing, toileting, etc.) in some areas
·         Able to follow instructions and procedures
·         Able to work in a team but use your own initiative

You'll also need:
·         Communication and listening skills
·         Organisational skills
·         Observational skills


We offer an excellent benefits package including:
·         Pension
·         Sickness policy on par with the NHS
·         35 days annual leave, increasing to 41 after 10 years' service
·         Life cover
·         Car lease scheme
·         Cycle to work scheme
·         Childcare vouchers
·         Healthcare cash plan
·         Free parking

·         Paid DBS application
·         Access to free vocational qualifications
·         There is the opportunity for you to apply to our Aspire Programme, a nursing bursary programme, which could support you while training to be a qualified nurse. Each year we provide the financial and development support for 20 of our employees to gain a Nursing Degree.

Closing date:  Sunday 24th June 2018