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Healthcare Assistant

Band 3

Main area
Adult and Specialist Mental Health
Band 3
Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Fulbourn Hospital
£18,813 - £20,795 pa, pro rata
25/09/2019 23:59

Applications are invited for the post of Health Care Assistant (HCA) at The Darwin Centre for Young People. The successful applicant will be an experienced HCA committed to working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and be enthusiastic about joining our dynamic, skilled and supportive multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will work intensively with young people and will have the opportunity to practice and develop skills in individual work, group work, family therapy and Mentalization based Therapy.

Headed by the Ward Manager and Consultant, the team includes a Social Worker, Patient and Carer Support Worker, Outreach Workers, Family Therapist, Art Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Psychologist in addition to the strong clinical nursing team led by the Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Opportunities for staff are excellent and the Trust has close link with Anglia Ruskin University where staff can continue their Professional Development.

There is a full therapeutic group programme that is delivered by the nursing staff, we offer HCA meeting, weekly staff support and weekly in house training . The unit boasts a warm and compassionate approach lending itself to compliments from many visitors on the calming environment generated by the ward.

The Darwin Centre is QNIC accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists offering a high standard of inpatient care to young people aged 12 to 18 with severe mental health problems. Recent Visit from CQC gave Darwin Centre "outstanding " rating on Effectiveness.

The unit is situated roughly four and a half miles south of Cambridge in pleasant grounds, and admits young people from all over East Anglia. Situated adjacent to the Darwin is the school, Darwin Centre for Learning, which is highly praised and has received an excellent rating from Ofsted. As part of the Children`s Directorate within CPFT, the Darwin is co-commissioned with the Phoenix, a specialist eating disorder service for children and adolescents, and the younger children’s inpatient service, The Croft.

There are therefore significant opportunities for personal development both within the unit and the directorate should the applicant wish to expand their knowledge. This appointment will be to the Tier 4 children’s inpatient services within CPFT. Your initial base will be at the Darwin Centre, however, there is an expectation and desire that nursing staff will undertake personal competency development by undertaking planned periods of placement on all our units to meet skill development and service delivery needs.

In addition, and although infrequent, you may be asked to undertake individual shifts on other units to meet the needs of the service and fulfil the Trust’s duty of care to all its patients. The Trust operates a rotational shift pattern and this includes weekend working when required by the unit/Trust”. Applicants are encouraged to contact the unit for more information and, if desired, arrange a visit.

In addition, we offer a 5-day induction on commencement in the post. Other benefits of joining us are:

  • Annual leave allowance 27 days plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Full-time/Part-time or job share opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Staff discount scheme
  • Free on-site parking at Ida Darwin
  • Stress awareness training
  • Mindfulness training
  • Counselling service 

Salary with be pro - rata for a part time post

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Georgie Holloway, Interim Ward Manager - Darwin Centre for Young People 

01223 534430

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501