Mental Health Healthcare Assistant

Job details
Posting date: 01 December 2021
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £10.19-£19.15
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 28 February 2022
Location: Bracknell, RG12 1BQ
Company: NHS Jobs
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: J11-A-21-39135

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Mental Health Healthcare Assistant - Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Could you bring your valued Mental Health experience as a Healthcare Assistant to support patients at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust?

Here at NHS Professionals, we’re with you. When you want to work. How you want to work. Supporting your lifestyle.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for experienced Healthcare Assistants (HCA) in Mental Health to join the NHS Professionals staff bank, to support a wide range of flexible shifts covering days, nights, and weekends.

A little about the Trust

Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT), a community and mental health trust, are rated ‘Outstanding’ in their most recent CQC report as well as being recognised as a Global Digital Exemplar. In this role you will be located in and working across an area with all the benefits of country living with the convenience of big city life.

Popular shift patterns are available, such as 07.30 – 15.30 and 20.45 – 07.45, but our Trusts are open to different start/finish times and lines of work (e.g. short-shifts during school hours).

Pay Rates*:
Days: £10.19 – £10.70 per hour
Saturdays/Nights: £14.36 – £14.87 per hour
Sunday/Bank Hols: £18.64 – £19.15 per hour

*Pay rates may vary depending on Trust, experience, any incentives that are running, and are subject to change.

Supporting our NHS

Not only are we with you, but we’re also helping to support our NHS. As winter draws ever closer, demand for additional support in our NHS is increasing. Everyone’s efforts are truly appreciated, whether you can work a small number of shifts or longer-term block bookings, we have a wide range of shifts through the bank available to suit you.

What will be your main responsibilities?

The role may involve, but not be limited to you performing the following:

  • Building relationships with patients to encourage trust, while listening to their needs and concerns
  • Ensuring that the patient is the prime focus when making decisions about their care and wellbeing
  • Assisting in the delivery of patient care as directed by the Registered Nurse
  • Assisting patients with compassion when undertaking normal activities of daily living whilst ensuring that privacy, dignity, and human rights are respected
  • Implementing holistic, culturally sensitive, respectful, non-judgmental care from a pre-determined care plan for patients with a wide range of care needs
  • Monitoring patients' conditions and the results of treatment
  • Responding to distressed patients in a non-threatening manner and attempt to understand the source of their discomfort
  • Helping patients manage their emotions through de-escalation techniques
  • Organising social events aimed at developing patients' social skills and helping to reduce their feelings of isolation
  • Providing routine patient care duties at own discretion in accordance with Trust policies, protocols, and guidelines
  • Participating in the taking and recording of observations under the direction of the Registered Nurse and report the results to the Nurse in charge
  • Using initiative when responding to changes in a patient’s condition within own sphere of practice
  • Recognising limitations and escalating concerns

To apply for this post, you will/have:

  • A minimum of 3 months experience as a Healthcare Assistant (Mental Health) or studying as a Student Nurse with at least 12 weeks’ clinical placements, studying towards a relevant Nursing degree
  • Be proficient in the delivery of care to patients
  • Assist in the delivery of patient care as directed by the nurse in charge of the unit/ward, undertaking duties and activities, with limited or indirect supervision
  • Carry out procedures and techniques in accordance with agreed policies and standards
  • Ensure accurate records are kept in accordance with Trust guidelines
  • Undertake regular mandatory training*

*Depending on the Trust, you may require variable additional certification and skills.

In return for your hard work and commitment, NHS Professionals (NHSP) offers you some fantastic benefits:

  • Competitive pay rates
  • First choice of shifts or placements at your Trust– access before they are made available to agency
  • Varied working options to suit your lifestyle– access to the Bank gives you options of ad hoc shifts or fixed term placements - take control of when and how you want to work
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Build holiday allowance for every shift you work
  • Manage your shifts and timesheets on the go– access your “My Bank” shift portal anywhere, anytime online or through your smartphone
  • Essential support when you need it – 24/7 365 days –Call us anytime
  • Stakeholder pension scheme available

Who are NHS Professionals?

We are owned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), running England’s largest NHS staff bank, with over 50 client Trusts. We specialise in flexible working, which means giving our members greater access to shifts, in line with their qualifications and training. Every year we help thousands of dedicated candidates and highly skilled NHS workers enjoy better career opportunities, access to more shifts and a healthier work-life balance, giving more choice and control to our members.

Right now, we have members across England registered on our bank from various roles, grades, and specialities, saving the NHS millions each year. This money is then reinvested back into the NHS to provide better patient care.


Please note, you will be contacted by email throughout the recruitment process, so please check your emails, including your junk/spam regularly. We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

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