Pyrland Ward in Taunton is looking for a Health Care Support Worker to work in the role of Activity Organiser on our inpatient ward for Older Persons with Mental Health illness.
This new exciting opportunity is for an Activities Coordinator to support the work of qualified nurses and other professionals within our multi-disciplinary team.
The post holder will be working within inpatients wards for the assessment and treatment of older adults with mental health illness and the work undertaken will be supporting the qualified nurses and professionals of a multi-disciplinary team.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be responsible for the provision, development and implementation of activity-based patient group sessions. This will also include having sessions focusing on individual 1:1 work. The post holder will also support the multi-disciplinary team in providing a comprehensive programme of activity to meet the needs of the client group.
The post holder may be subject to lone working as part of an activity.
The successful candidate will have NVQ 2 in Direct Care and previous HCA experience within a healthcare setting for patients with mental health needs. You will be a reliable team player, have excellent communication skills, creative ability, a kind, compassionate manner and be willing to work flexibly.
You will be required to work over 7 days which may include evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
Working for our organisation
As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.
The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.
There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- To maintain safe, effective and timely clinical records
- To keep the Occupational Therapist/Senior Staff Nurse/Unit Manager informed of all ongoing matters relating to activity-based work.
- To be involved in evaluation of group activities as required
- To manage own time effectively
- Attend relevant department and ward meetings as directed
- To provide instruction (verbal and non-verbal) to patients on a range of activities as part of the activities program.
- To develop a rapport with patients, to encourage and motivate them to participate in activity (in either group work or individual work).
- To contribute to the development and implementation of a creative and innovative activities program responsive to the varying needs of the patient group.
- To maintain and update activity plan on the ward and allocate time to organise activity over a 7-day period and for periods of absence.
Behaviours aligned with trust values
- Outstanding care
- Listening and leading
- Working together
Qualification & Training
- Good standard of general education
- Adequate literacy skills
- NVQ level 2
- NVQ level 3 of creative activity therapist (CAT)
- Access to own private transport
Knowledge & Experience
- Work experience in health care as a HCA or rehab assistant, and having working with clients in the health care setting, particularly with mental health needs and dementia.
- Experience of facilitating groups
- Experience as an activity coordinator
- Ability to manage challenging situations
- Must be fluent and articulate in verbal and written communication
- Ability to place and organise time and work effectively
- Good practical skills in domestic and creative activities
- In a physical condition which allows post holder to train and practice PMVA techniques as part of mandatory training