Senior Healthcare Support Worker - Eating Disorders
Are you currently a Senior Healthcare Support Worker, or are you looking to move into a more Senior position? Are you interested in a career where you will make a real difference in young people’s lives? Do you understand the daily challenges which young people face? Maybe a career with Care in Mind is for you…
Care in Mind provide residential services for young people aged 16-30 years old who have been discharged from psychiatric inpatient stays or may have experienced previous admissions and/or placement breakdowns. The young people we care for often require a high level of support and dynamic approach to risk management in order to support problems they may have with self-harming, behaviour and emotional regulation. Our aim is to support the young people using a therapeutic, least restrictive approach to live in a non-secure community setting and to achieve their individual goals in preparation for transition to adult life.
We are excited to announce the opening of our new Residential Eating Disorder Service based in Lostock, Bolton, where we are looking for a kind, caring and empathetic Senior Healthcare Support Workers to join our professional 5-bed service, supporting young people with complex and challenging eating disorders, where you will work closely with our professional multi-disciplinary team towards keeping them safe and progressing with their recovery.
You will be required to work shifts over a 37.5 hour working week, consisting of earlies, lates, sleep ins & nights when required to support the service. Flexibility will be required.
- Competitive pay (£10.56 p/h + £100 bonus after completing 6-month probation)
- 22 days holiday + 8 bank holidays (Rising to 27 days holiday plus bank holidays with service)
- Excellent Learning and Development opportunities (NVQ Level 3 in Adult Health & Social Care)
- Enhanced company pension
- Life Assurance (2 x annual salary)
- Enhanced maternity/paternity leave
- Paid Induction (Running over 3 days)
- Free on-site parking
- Paid Enhanced DBS check
- Healthcare Cashplan with costs provided towards dental and optical care and a range of other healthcare treatments and benefits including discounted gym memberships
- Access to our 24-hour Wellbeing Support Portal/ Employee Assistance Programme
- Online shopping discounts, free eye tests and various other benefits
- The opportunity for internal promotions & progression
- Refer a Friend Scheme (Up to £500 per referral)
- Regular social events and recognition schemes (‘Employee of the year awards’, Summer & Christmas parties)
Your role as a Senior Healthcare Worker
- To take on the role of Key worker, developing care plans and review plans with young people, carrying out direct and indirect care of young people with complex eating disorders.
- To work in a team, giving the highest standard of care possible to the young people.
- To assist in the co-ordination of shifts, allocating young people, supervision and prioritising care.
- To closely follow individual care plans and support young people including personal care and hygiene, eating, attendance in education etc.
- To develop therapeutic relationships with the young people experiencing eating disorders and work closely with their families and carers communicating effectively to provide ongoing engagement.
- To communicate in a respectful manner, clearly and precisely with young people, staff, parents, and visitors and in a way which is mindful of a supportive attitude to body image.
- To intervene and utilise verbal de-escalation skills to avoid potential escalation of distress to young people.
- To be actively involved in the admission, assessment, implementation and discharge of young people and their care.
- To complete incident forms and provide statements, as necessary.
- To conduct audits, assessments, inventories, risk assessments, including Health & Safety audits and other administrative tasks required for the effective running of the service
- To provide specialist supportive interventions to individuals experiencing eating disorders under the direction of the clinical team.
- To assist in developing and implementing specialist care plan packages. To provide active input in relation to the care, treatment and support of individuals experiencing eating disorders in a way that maintains their dignity.
- To support and prepare meals according to the young person’s dietary care plan.
- To take physical health observations of young people, monitoring and recording as required. To act upon any physical health concerns in relation to the young person based on their care plans, risk management plans and history of eating disorder.
- To Observe and monitor the wellbeing of young people by ensuring that any unusual physical, mental, or emotional occurrences are promptly referred to senior staff and or clinical nurse and documented as appropriate.
Requirements of a Senior Healthcare Worker
- Previous experience of working with young people who have mental health needs
- Have excellent observation and communication skills, as well the ability to build trust and rapport with individuals who have experienced trauma
- Have a non-judgemental approach and the ability to demonstrate unconditional positive regard
- The ability to work in a team, and to think on your feet, remain focused and maintain your composure in difficult situations
- The ability to meet the day to day needs of young people, including providing practical support with daily living activities
- To form and maintain professional working boundaries between staff and service users
- Ability to remain calm in emergencies, supporting others during difficult situations
- Good verbal communication skills and the ability to listen to others
- Good written skills and the ability to write basic reports and record information accurately
- IT Literate (Able to write emails and use Microsoft Office)
- Have an excellent telephone manner, polite, professional and relay accurate information to the manager
- An understanding of the issues around confidentiality
- An understanding of safeguarding
- Full UK Driving Licence
- NVQ Level 2/3 qualification in care or equivalent
- Previous experience working with young people who have mental health needs
- Previous experience working with service users who have eating disorders
- A good understanding of Nutrition
If you are interested in joining an enthusiastic, motivated business who thrive in developing and rebuilding young people and young adults with complex difficulties then please apply today.
Please note that we do not accept CV’s and the application must be completed in full.
To support our commitment as a COVID-19 Secure employer, all of our interviews will be held over video platform.
Care in Mind operates a safer recruitment process and as part of this process the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
We are an equal opportunities employer who values diversity and positively encourages applications of all ages from all sections of the community.
We reserve the right to close the advert early, should we appoint a suitable candidate.