Dorset 2017-08-11T14:57:48+00:00
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Support Worker

Band 3

Main area
Learning Disabilities
Band 3
16.25 per week
Job ref
£8,152 to £9,011 p.a.
13/11/2019 23:59

Want to be part of the new NHS? Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status and is a dynamic forward-thinking Trust operating throughout Dorset. 

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)





Would you like to make a real difference as a Health Care Assistant? We need female health care assistants to care for a lady who has a learning disability, and a personality disorder and challenging behaviour who lives in her own home in Winton, Bournemouth.

As a female health care assistant, your focus will be to provide a person centred approach, advice and encouragement in order to help the individual with evening routines. The lady would need support from two staff with her activities during the evening, and encouragement with personal hygiene.  Administration of medication would also be required.

Shift work will be required. The shifts are:

Twilight shift 17.00-22.00

Late shift (which includes sleep in) starts at 17.00 to 22.30 you then go to bed at the home and in the morning the shift will start at 8.00am to 10am. This role includes an hourly rate for waking hours at Band 3 and a sleep in payment.

Week 1

Late with Sleep in on Friday and Saturday

Week 2

Late with Sleep in on Thursday and Twilight on Friday and Saturday

To enable our service users to live the life they require, health care staff will need to have the following characteristics:-

  • Good listening skills.
  • Calm and well-balanced personality.
  • Excellent non- verbal communication skills.
  • Have a good sense of humour.
  • Sensible and confident, calm under pressure.
  • Proactive and able to make decisions quickly.
  • Able to follow guidelines and care plans.
  • Must follow and put boundaries in place

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:-

  • Tolerance of some unusual habits and behaviour, with the ability to divert any behaviour which could lead to danger.
  • The ability to develop good relationships with the service user.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including good literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Previous experience of working with people who have a learning disability and some knowledge about mental health problems including personality disorder would be desirable.
  • Ability to recognise and manage risk
  • Must follow and put boundaries in place

The Shifts needed are:

Part time 16.25 hours per week.  This is a new service.

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Domiciliary Care Agency provides person-centred support to service users in their own home.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sally Anne Ayres (Manager of the Domiciliary Care Services) on 07770685870.