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Health Care Assistant

Band 2

Main area
Band 2
37.5 hrs - Full Time
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Fulbourn Hospital
£17,652 - £19,020 per annum, pro rata
22/08/2019 23:59

Are you passionate about getting the basics right - knowing your patients, spending time with them, being compassionate, caring, building up their skills, abilities to be resilient for the future. Do you thrive on challenges and enjoy thinking on your feet as much as applying longer-term plan. 

Then come and be part of something special at George Mackenzie House. We are a strong supportive team working together to ensure not only do our patients get the best care, but you get the chance to grow within the team, gain valuable experiences and advance yourself. 

Located in the vibrant University City of Cambridge, George Mackenzie House at Fulbourn Hospital provides exceptional career development opportunity in the Recovery focused care of male and female adults experiencing difficulties associated with a range of acute often long standing mental health illness's. 

George Mackenzie House is a low-secure unit with facilities to care for up to 20 patients, both men and women, under the care of either the general consultant psychiatrist or the forensic consultant psychiatrist.

The multi-disciplinary team assess and review all aspects of patient care. Members of the team include consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, ward doctor, psychiatric nurses and therapists from the therapies department, social workers, chaplaincy and community psychiatric nurses.

The purpose of George Mackenzie House is to provide assessment and therapeutic treatment for adults with mental health issues who require interventions within a safe and secure environment.

We aim to use a holistic and collaborative  approach in  the preparation of individual care-plans where each patient is central to this process. We believe in truly collaborative care, support and positive risk taking. 

There is a structured programme of therapy and recreational activities which aids in the assessment and treatment of each patient.

Working on George Mackenzie House will give the post holder the opportunity to practice a full range of core mental health nursing skills, physical nursing skills and also to gain experience in risk assessment, management and recovery focused interventions. 

We are keen to support and develop our staff with CPD options and encourage promotional opportunities with the Trust. The service provides an in house education programme and we have close links with Anglia Ruskin University. The ward embraces ongoing training as part of daily work. This includes both peer group training and profession specific cascade learning. 

We also offer regular individual and group reflective supervision.

There will be a 5 day induction programme for all new candidates. 

Other benefits for joining us are:

  • Annual leave allowance 27 day plus bank holidays (FTE)
  • Additional Secure allowance payments
  • Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice scheme
  • Staff discount scheme
  • Free on site parking at Fulbourn
  • Stress awareness training
  • Mindfulness training
  • Counselling service


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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

Kat Atkins Clark

Ward Manager

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

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