Job Description

A Vacancy at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

We are looking for a phlebotomy trained Band 4 worker to join our excellent physical health team within the locality as a six month secondment.

This will be in the community in service users homes who have severe mental illness and may have barriers to accessing mainstream physical health services. You will be well supported by the team.

If you are considering a secondment, please ensure you have the authorisation from your line manager before applying.

Working alongside our current physical health workers you will carry out the following checks:
• Blood glucose or Hb1Ac
• Blood Lipids
• Blood Pressure
• Smoking status
• Alcohol status

We are AWP(Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWPare dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWPwe actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:

Trained in phlebotomy or willingness to undertake this training
All unregistered practitioners must have completed NVQ/QCF in Health and Social Care
Certificate in Community Mental Health
Associate Practitioner Training
Within the last ten years if not then the care certificate will need to be completed within the workplace.
The ability to form trusting, therapeutic relationships with service users
The ability to discuss very personal health information in a sensitive and caring manner
Good communication skills to impart knowledge and understanding of the importance of physical health assessments. This would involve verbal skills to help service users understand the purpose of the assessments as well as good written skills to write up the outcomes on the trusts electronic healthcare records which will also include care plans.
Experience of writing letters regarding service users to other professional to include G.P’s. and those involved in the physical health care of our service users.
Ability to work independently
Experience and/or training in smoking cessation
Experience of carrying out physical health checks including taking blood pressure, measuring and recording BMI’s, taking blood glucose and the ability to interpret and act upon the results, planning, signposting or delivering appropriate interventions of care.
Some experience in mental health gained through working with an NHS trust, non-statutory service or through volunteer work
The ability to move quickly across a geographically dispersed area with limited access to public transport.
Experience of using computers for inputting data such as using an electronic healthcare record or similar.
Experience, training or keen interest in physical activity groups.
Experience, training in the development and delivery of educational groups for healthy living