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Healthcare Assistant - Deaf Service

Posted 11 November by St Andrew's Healthcare
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£17,718 per annum
Northampton , Northamptonshire
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Fairbairn is a 15 bed ward in purpose-built medium secure service which manages deaf or hearing impaired (profound, severe, partial or hard of hearing) patients’ with complex mental illness in a culturally sensitive environment.

The ward accepts patients with a wide range of diagnosis including mental illness, learning disability, brain injury, autism spectrum disorder or personality disorder.

Over a third of our nursing team are deaf and all staff and patients are trained in British Sign Language (BSL) ensuring greater engagement within the unit and participation in therapy. With only 15 beds we are able to provide patients with tailored interventions and support them in building relationships with fellow patients to aid recovery and create a sense of belonging.

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Applicants do not necessarily need to be able to use British Sign Language (BSL) or have previous experience of working with deaf people, but either would be an advantage. All successful candidates will be given appropriate BSL training and support to develop effectively in their role.

As a HCA, you'll be under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, usually a nurse, and work with doctors, psychologists and a range of other healthcare professionals. The main contact you'll have, though, is with the people in our care.

To be a Healthcare Assistant in mental health care, you'll need to be:

  • Resilient
  • Caring and kind
  • Cheerful and friendly
  • Willing to do personal care tasks (washing, toileting, etc.) in some areas

You'll also need:

  • Communication and listening skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Observational skills

The role can be quite active and we would therefore require you to be able to cope with the demands of an active post.

Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew’s CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day

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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
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Free parking
  • Paid DBS application
  • Access to free vocational qualifications and the opportunity to become and qualified nurse

Closing Date: Monday 30th August

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Reference: 42756450

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