Physical Health Care Assistant in SMI

Physical Health Care Assistant in SMI

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust | Oxford, ENG, GB

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Are you passionate about supporting individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) and understand the importance of the physical health of those with SMI?

As part of a small, specialist team that covers Oxfordshire, you will be embedded within the adult and older adult community mental health team and will be assessing the physical health of individuals with SMI.

Working both autonomously as well as part of the team, you will manage your own caseload providing home assessment visits as well as supporting and running physical health assessment clinics within your base.

Alongside measuring parameters such as blood pressure and pulse, this will also include more advanced assessment skills and interventions such as phlebotomy and recording electrocardiograms (ECG’s) and smoking cessation advice. The role requires excellent timekeeping, organisation and communication skills as well as a passion and understanding of physical health.

Working within the specialist Physical Health in SMI team, you will be responsible for managing your own caseload of patients. You will be both assessing the physical health of those with SMI and documenting your findings within the patient record for those under your care.

With training, you will be expected to identify abnormal results and escalate as appropriate. Following your initial assessment, the role also requires you to support individuals in accessing relevant services to support their physical health. This will include liaising with both the internal multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external organisations such as smoking cessation services and locally commissioned providers of physical health support.

The Physical Health in SMI team is a small specialist group made up of Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Health Care Assistants who have a direct impact on improving the physical health of those with SMI.

This is through direct care with individuals as well as through education and support for the community mental health teams. A stand alone team, we embed ourselves within the various community mental health teams throughout the county supporting individuals on a locality basis.

Although the team is spread geographically, we maintain a close relationship as a team and support each other on a daily basis as well as through bespoke training and supervision opportunities both internal and external. We offer a supportive environment as well as excellent training opportunities and future professional development into the nursing profession.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
• Excellent opportunities for career progression
• 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
• NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
• Staff accommodation
• Competitive pension scheme
• Lease car scheme
• Cycle to work scheme

The Physical Health in SMI team provide a Monday to Friday (0900-1700) service that supports the community mental health teams across Oxfordshire.

Although operating from a home base, applicants must have a valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle for work. A large part of the role is assessing and supporting individuals in their home and working across primary and secondary care.

Candidates will be provided with their own computer device and so must have a good level of computer skills to review data and to document on the patient record.

Effective team working and excellent communication skills are essential as successful candidates will be working in teams alongside doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, nurse associates and student nurses. In addition, with their understanding of the importance of physical health for those with SMI, the team also provide education on health and well-being for both patients and their carers as well as supporting individuals in accessing this support.

Please Note:
• New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
• Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
• Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
• Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
• We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
• Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.%38266870%