Interim Community Severe Mental Illness Physical Health Support Worker Job in Sutton at Horizon Care Solutions

Greater London, Greater London, Sutton, Contract £25k - £30k

TITLE: Interim Community Severe Mental Illness Physical Health Support Worker

REPORTS TO: SMI Physical Health Project Lead
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Horizon Clinical Director
LOCATION: Sutton Locality area
Standard Working: 20 hours per week
Salary Rate:£15 per hour
Contract Duration:6-9 Months
Start Date: 1stof September 2021.
Work Base:Community Visits and Working while Operating from Home.
Essential Qualifications:Associate Practitioner Qualification / NVQ Level 3 or willing to work towards qualification.

Knowledge and Experience Required:
·     Experience of working with people with mental health needs in a paid or voluntary capacity.
·     Experience in completing Health Actions Plans and Care Plans
·     Experience of reviewing, recording, and communicating information.
·     Experience running clinics with indirect supervision.

The post holder will work alongside the Community Mental Health Services and GP
surgeries under the supervision of the Horizon Care Solutions (HCS) Project Lead, undertaking / overseeing physical health checks, physical health clinics and general health and wellbeing assessments for clients with severe and enduring mental illness including homeless people.

The post holder will assess physiological observations and promote healthy lifestyles for our patients, signposting to relevant physical health interventions as required.

The post holder will assist in enabling patients to access the support they need to address their physical and mental health needs and promote recovery. They will also support the locality in ensuring the Severe Mental Illness (SMI) registers are updated.

The post will be part of a team working across, and on behalf of, GP practices under NHS Sutton CCG Collaborative

The post holder will contribute to assessment of both physical and mental health
needs. Focusing on the physical health and wellbeing of patients with serious
mental illness, and demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between
physical and mental wellbeing

vTo work with other agencies to deliver a systems approach in ensuring patients physical health and wellbeing needs are met.

vThe post holder will ensure that annual physical health checks have been carried out of patients who have been identified as having severe mental illness. They will take and record their blood pressure, pulse, weight, BMI, venepuncture for required blood tests.

vAssessing patients holistically. Assessing lifestyles – exercise and activities, eating and drinking, smoking, alcohol and drug use and giving advice on healthy lifestyles and signposting patients to relevant services.

vThe post holder will work alongside the physical health nurse in wellbeing clinics and community mental health teams and will participate in team working.

vThe post holder will work as part of the local multidisciplinary team.

vThe post holder will arrange physical health assessments with the service user both at home, in clinics, and at GP surgeries; taking a proactive approach to engaging patients with SMI in the importance of annual physical health reviews.

vTo provide information on health promotion including healthy eating, sport and exercise and smoking cessation

vTo contribute in regular audit to demonstrate effectiveness of physical health clinics and interventions offered, with the support of colleagues

vTo support patients to think more about their physical health needs and identify their own physical health goals, and to support monitoring goals identified with other members of the team.

vTo work with patients and relevant staff to develop physical health care plans and complete the electronic physical health assessment form on electronic health record system one, ensuring the information is documented and shared with patients, GP’s and the Community Mental health teams (where relevant).

vTo support patients to think more about their physical health needs and identify their own physical health goals, and to support monitoring goals identified with other members of the team. To form professional relationships with clients and communicate with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture.

vTo maintain electronic records in an accurate and timely manner.

vReport regularly to the clinical supervisor to discuss any concerns or issues

vMake good use of clinical supervision to discuss casework, make plans for action, reflect on and implement best practice

vTo ensure the required referral response times are adhered to and that allocated activity levels are met.

vTo input own activity returns to assist in the reporting of daily patient and non, patient contact information and is returned on time.

vTo demonstrate effective communication, sharing of information and participation in developments within the service

vTo work within existing clinical protocols and guidelines.

vTo provide information to assist in the investigation of complaints, safeguarding vulnerable adults/children and serious incidents.

vTo actively engage with patients, obtain their views and encourage their involvement in service delivery.

vTo be responsible for safe storage and maintenance and the secure maintenance of equipment to carry out duties ensuring standards of infection control and health and safety are maintained.

vTo be responsible for own use of Horizon property, e.g., mobile phone, laptop and other equipment

vTo monitor stock levels for use in own service and request new equipment as appropriate

In addition to core clinical and non-clinical support the following are additional key
activities identified as being necessary to the role in the delivery of your normal day-today activities.

Ø  Complete mandatory training as Community SMI Physical Health Support Worker in line with Trust policy and procedure
Ø  Receive annual appraisal
Ø  Training relevant to competency framework
Ø  Receive management supervision and clinical supervision
Ø  Attend seminars/ conferences and other CPD events – external/internal
Ø  Attend additional in-house developmental training, and support delivery of a number of mandatory training.
Ø  To keep yourself updated on all matters relating to Trust policy
Ø  You will be expected to work collaboratively with key partner organisations, patients, carers, clinicians, and other practitioners within the multi-disciplinary team.

Essential Training Relevant for the Job

Arrangements will be made for the successful applicant to undertake the following essential training.

Ø  Relevant training (or completed within the first 12 weeks in baseline clinical observations. smoking cessation levels 1& 2, motivational interviewing to promote change etc.

Ø  Training in smoking cessation or willingness to undertake training.

Ø  Training in Health Action Plan

Ø  Training in phlebotomy or willingness to undertake training.

Ø  Training in ECG recording or willingness to undertake training.

Ø  Care Certificate (or complete this within the first 12 weeks in post)

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