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Senior Healthcare Assistant

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Healthcare Assistants
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: From £20,500 per annum (+ Shift Enhancements)

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Why the Low Secure Division?

Our division is specially designed for adults over the age of 18 with Mental Health, Personality Disorders and challenging behaviour. These include patients who might be a danger to themselves or others, or have committed serious offences.  The division provides treatment in both secure and specialist non-secure rehabilitation facilities. Our facilities, activities, therapies and services are designed with our patients, recovery and community reintegration in mind.

We believe every individual has strengths; our treatment programs build on these to help our service users recover.  We want all patients in our division to have the right care, treatment and support to be able to move into an environment of a lower security, and eventually return to the community.

Your role with us

In your role as a Senior Healthcare Assistant, you will be supporting staff teams in delivering and focusing on our patients and their rehabilitation, daily activities and care. The role can be quite active and we would therefore require you to be able to cope with the demands of an active post, and have good time management skills. You will work closely with the Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Dietetics and Medics in the Division and have a particular interest in the Physical Healthcare and Nutritional needs of the patient groups.

Your profile

To become a Senior Healthcare Assistant but there are skills and personal characteristics needed.  To be a Senior Healthcare Assistant in mental health care, you will need to be:

  • Resilient
  • Caring and kind
  • Cheerful and friendly
  • Willing to do personal care tasks (washing, toileting, etc.) in some areas
  • Able to follow instructions and procedures
  • Able to work in a team but use your own initiative
  • Be self-directive and have good time management

You'll also need:

  • Communication and listening skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Observational skills  
  • Interest in Physical health
  • Interest in Nutrition &  providing dietetic support


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