The Apprentice Healthcare Worker is a key member of the multidisciplinary care team and will have continuing responsibility to:
- Deliver an effective and competent level of care under the guidance and supervision of the associate workers, senior associate workers, qualified nurses and occupational therapists, determined by the patient's care plan.
- Be fully aware of the needs of patients over a 24 hour span of care.
Main duties of the job
Help to identify the needs of the patients and report these to the senior staff, participating in review meetings with the residents and other staff members.
Demonstrate a professional approach to work, be smartly dressed and well-spoken to service users, friends and relatives and all professional visitors to the service.
Work flexibly between the Trevor Gibbens Unit and other areas providing cover as required.
Undertake duties as are commensurate with the post and the level of responsibility as directed by more senior members of staff.
Undertake all relevant training as directed and participate in regular management supervision and individual performance review.
Work confidently in situations where there may be potential for violence whilst continuing to act in a professional manner.
Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.
We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.
The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.
You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.
The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.
Job description Job responsibilities
Support the work of the multidisciplinary team by:
- Consistently delivering a patient focused service, which promotes optimum independence.
- Offering appropriate support and advice to the patients.
- Recording accurately all care given as required.
- Enable patients to maintain and improve their independence by promoting involvement in the therapeutic activity programme.
- Noting and reporting accurately any care given and/or information required by the nurse in charge.
- Give physical care as required or instructed.
- Promote patients appearance and personal hygiene by offering support and advice in personal hygiene and ensure that suitable toiletries are available.
- Promote a healthy, safe and secure environment by adhering to Trust statutory health and safety requirements and maintain confidentiality of information at all times in compliance with Trust and Forensic Service policies.
- Assist patients and ward managers to maintain a clean and healthy ward environment and assist patients in all aspects of daily living skills as required.
Person Specification Knowledge & Experience Essential
- Knowledge of caring for people
- Previous experience of working with people with severe mental health problems and experience or knowledge of caring for people in a secure environment.
- Maths and English GCSE or equivalent
- Maths and English GCSE grade C or above or equivalent
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