Healthcare Assistant - Learning Disability IPU

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Healthcare Assistants
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: From £16,980 plus enhancements

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Healthcare Assistant – Learning Disability IPU


From £16,980 plus enhancements

Hours: 37.5 – Full time

The Learning Disability IPU

 As an IPU we are looking for Health Care Assistants to join our team, working with adult men and women who have a learning disability and complex mental health problems, in in-patient settings. We work in the least restrictive way to support positive outcomes for our patients as individuals.

 Your role

 As a Health Care Assistant, you will provide support that positively impacts the health and wellbeing of service users within the Learning Disability IPU. You will be a highly visible and important front line member of staff within an established team of professionals including: Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Responsible Clinician and Social Workers. 

 Throughout the service user’s journey, you will provide a high standard of care, working in line with the individuals treatment programme. Your role will include supporting service users in a number of ways, this may include:

 reporting and sharing information on presentation and risk

  • recording and handing over information
  • carrying out observations and enhanced support
  • supporting service users accessing actives, leave and appointments
  • working with families and carers of the service user and external visitors
  • supporting individuals in activities of daily living
  • adherence to health and safety requirements and supporting a safe environment
  • attending team meetings within the ward to enhance positive practice, contribute to discussions involving patient care and be informed of updates applicable to your role

 A full induction and opportunities to learn safe practices will be provided. To support your development, you will be offered regular, clinical and managerial supervision and the opportunity to have peer group supervision with other Health Care Assistants. You will be supported through an induction, a care certificate, clinical risk workbook and a probationary period of 6 months. This will include mentorship support from a senior Health Care Assistant and your line manager.

 Your profile

 The LD IPU are looking to recruit HCA’s who are:

  • Passionate
  • Reliable
  • Motivated
  • Interested in making a positive difference
  • Resilient
  • Caring and kind
  • Cheerful and friendly
  • Able to follow instructions and procedures
  • Able to work in a team but use your own initiative

 You'll also need:

  •   Communication and listening skills
  •   Organisational skills
  •   Observational skills


 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

 Closing date:  Sunday 24th November 2019