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Care Support Worker

NHS AfC: Band 3

Main area
learning disability service
NHS AfC: Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
Job ref
Ash Green
£20,330 - £21,777 pa, pro rata
Salary period
24/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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COVID-19  We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on people in different ways. Please be reassured that at DCHS we understand this and have a risk assessment process in place, where this is needed, to ensure your safety.

Job overview

Do you have a passion for improving the lives of people with learning disabilities?

Are you interested in developing a career in this field?

If so, this amazing opportunity at Hillside Unit, Ashgreen is for you!

Our team focusses on acute assessment and treatment of individuals with a learning disability and associated and complex health presentations and challenging behaviour.  If you enjoy a challenge, like working within a team and want to make a difference to the lives of individuals with a learning disability, then we are looking for you. 

Main duties of the job

As a care support worker, you will be:


Supporting individuals with all aspects of their daily living needs

  • Assisting in the delivery of support to individuals who may present with behaviour that challenges
  • Maintaining a healthy and safe environment for individuals, alongside current organisational policies and procedures
  • Providing person centred care to enable individuals to make choices and live as independently as possible
  • Required to work on a shift basis over a 24-hour period, including weekends and bank holidays. Flexible working will be considered


Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres; as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes, and increasing in peoples own homes and via virtual consultations

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

As well as the usual NHS benefits available to our staff, here are just a few more: 

  • Option to buy up to 10 days additional annual leave
  • Free parking at all of our sites
  • Local attraction discounts
  • Staff health & wellbeing programmes supported by our award winning wellbeing team
  • Lease car scheme

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To support registered nurses in the implementation of a high standard of patient care promoting patient wellbeing ensuring a ‘Person Centred Approach.
  • Report any concerns or problems to supervising nurse, particularly relating to individual patient safety
  • Ensure patients confidentiality is maintained at all times and be aware of the need for safe, plus secure storage of records.
  • Participate as a member of the nursing team in delivery and monitoring of individual care/treatment plans and report changes to the qualified nurse as appropriate
  • Carry out assigned tasks to meet the direct care needs of each patient.  Report any concerns or abnormal changes in patients’ physical or mental well-being to a registered nurse.
  • Be aware of and follow general care routine within area, with particular reference to patients who present a high risk. 
  • Assist patients in meeting health, social, leisure and spiritual needs escorting patients as directed by the registered Nurse in and around local and wider community, taking into account any emerging risk requirements
  • Ensure that all patients are afforded due respect, dignity and privacy

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Person specification


Essential criteria
  • GCSE English / Maths or equivalent
  • NVQ level 2 in health / social care or equivalent
  • Care Certificate / Essentials in Care


Essential criteria
  • Previous care experience WITHIN HEALTH OR SOCIAL CARE
  • Previous Learning disability care experience- minimum 6 months
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jayne Matthews
Job title
Ward manager
Email address
Telephone number
07814 905058