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clinical support worker
NHS AfC: Band 3
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Shifts are over 24/7 with Early, Late, Long Days and Nights available)
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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Kent & Medway Adolescent Hospital
£21,730 - £23,177 per annum pro rata for part time
Salary period
06/12/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Clinical Support Worker

NHS AfC: Band 3

Do you want to be part of an innovative organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

Here at NELFT, embracing a Just and Compassionate Culture is our commitment to our colleagues and to our patients that we will support and promote a culture based on fairness, respect, honesty, and trust, ensuring that we have consistent leadership behaviours and styles across the Trust. Our vision is to create an engaging place to work in partnership, where we value diverse perspectives and work in an environment in which you feel valued, supported, understood, and developed. Our professional relationships are built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust and honesty. We are committed to welcoming and making everyone feel valued here at NELFT.

We embrace continuous learning to improve patient outcomes and we provide outstanding professional development opportunities for our workforce. If you want to grow and progress your career with an organisation that values it’s people, take the first step on an exciting career journey and join us today.

Job overview

Clinical Support Worker - Inpatient (Children and Young People)

We have vacancies at our Kent and Medway Adolescent Hospital (KMAH) based in Staplehurst, Kent for Band 3 Clinical Support Worker to work within our Adolescent Inpatient Unit

Main duties of the job

The role involves supporting young people who have been admitted and to engage in treatment around managing their mental health and risk. The average length of stay for young people is around 6-8 weeks during which time the young person and their family are offered treatment to support safe discharge back to the community. Young people admitted to the unit may engage in behaviours often associated with mental distress such as self-harm, agitation, suicidal thoughts and intrusive thoughts.

Currently within the team we have a range of professionals such as psychiatrist, therapist, occupational therapist, nurses and support Workers.  The focus of the role is on risk assessment and management in a hospital setting and involves interfacing with other agencies and contributing to the therapeutic timetable.

The team operate 24/7 and shifts can be over long days, earlys/lates and nights. There is opportunity to discuss flexible working options with the right candidate.


Working for our organisation

The post would suit someone who has an interest and/or experience in supporting young people with mental health needs. The right candidate will be able to work well under pressure and in the face of emotional situations and be confident in making decisions in the best interests of children, young people and their families.

As well as a comprehensive induction period to support the successful person in gaining the skills for the role, we can also offer training opportunities to development the individual within the role.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT - NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop-in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex


We welcome an informal chat about the role. If you wish to speak about this further please contact Wayne Bennett (Head of Service) at or 07976742182

Please refer to the attached job description specification for further details on this vacancy and person

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Good general educational standard
  • Experience
  • Knowledge

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Wayne Bennett
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Head of Service
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