Health Care Assistant - Sowenna

Main area
CAMHS Inpatient
Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Shift Work)
Job ref
Sowenna Unit
£21,730 - £23,177 Per annum
Salary period
11/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre at Carew House, Bodmin on Friday 23rd June 2023. This will be a morning or afternoon to be confirmed.

We are looking for a kind, motivated and enthusiastic Healthcare Assistant to join our team at Sowenna.

Sowenna, meaning “success” is Cornwall’s first Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Inpatient Unit providing treatment for young people aged between 13 and 18 years and working collaboratively with the Community CAMHS teams, ensuring a seamless whole service approach.

Our emphasis is on providing a therapeutic environment, offering a holistic approach to treatment in a safe and supported space which promotes rehabilitation and recovery. We work with various professionals, carers and community staff to ensure effective delivery of care and a planned, safe and timely discharge.

The successful candidate will be part of a dedicated, multi-disciplinary  team. 

Main duties of the job

This post is primarily focussed upon working within the CAMHS adolescent in-patient unit, but will also involve working closely with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly community CAMHS team, including working with young people who are attending the day-patient facility, to ensure a seamless whole service approach.

The role of Healthcare Assistant involves working a rotational shift pattern, including day and night shifts, weekends and bank holidays as required. The role of the Health Care Assistant includes supporting the multidisciplinary team’s assessment, planning and delivery of care needs of young people who have been admitted to the adolescent in- patient mental health unit.

The role includes carrying out assigned tasks involving direct care under the direct or indirect supervision of a registered nurse. This may involve working on a one-to-one basis with young people to maintain their safety. As part of a team, and under direct or indirect supervision, the Health Care Assistant will provide high quality mental and physical health care to young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and their families.

The Health Care Assistant will also assist in service and best practice developments, contributing to the evaluation of programmes of care by reporting to the clinical supervisor, registered nurse or other members of the multidisciplinary team as appropriate.

Working for our organisation

We’re an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people’s physical and mental health.  We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases.  Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon.  As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care or willingness to undertake training
Desirable criteria
  • Specific training associated with this service user group

Skills and Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Caring attitude and ability to develop therapeutic relationships with young people and their families
  • Good interpersonal skills, and ability to develop empathy with young people who are experiencing severe mental health problems and their families
  • Previous knowledge and experience of working in a care environment
  • Good written communication skills
  • Ability to use information technology
Desirable criteria
  • Previous knowledge and experience with working with individuals with complex mental health or social needs

Knowledge and Abilities

Desirable criteria
  • Experience and knowledge of working with children and/or adolescents with mental health problems and their families
  • Experience of working in an in-patient adolescent mental health setting
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary clinical team

At Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we are proud to prioritise the development of our people. To support this, the following opportunities are available:

  • Career conversations and individual development plans for succession planning and talent management
  • Protected CPD time for registered staff
  • Access to a dedicated central development fund supporting CPD for all staff
  • Leadership and Management development programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • A full clinical induction programme for operational skills
  • Access to a care certificate programme for our band 1-4 clinical staff
  • A bespoke and robust preceptorship programme to support newly qualified staff
  • Individual professional development programmes

Being part of a successful NHS Foundation Trust brings a portfolio of rewards and benefits for our staff. These include:

  • Suite of health and wellbeing initiatives to support our colleagues physical and mental health
  • Free access to individual HARP portfolios to support revalidation for nursing staff
  • Free DBS checks where required
  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • The Trust reimburses all application costs for staff eligible to apply for EU settlement status.

The Trust reserves the right to close this advert once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process you will be contacted via email regarding interview details.

We are committed to diversity and equality of employment including the employment of current and former service users.

If you are successful, you agree to Occupational Health accessing your health records from your current or previous employer to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. Appointments are subject to full three year satisfactory references therefore please ensure you include correct contact details for your nominated referees including email addresses.

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01208 834644

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Applicant requirements

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

Further details / informal visits contact

Alicia Morse
Job title
Deputy Ward Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01208 834234
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