Role: Support Worker
Reports to: Ward Manager
Role description: Member of a multidisciplinary team; assists in the provision of safe and empathetic personal care to people who experience mental illness, and who use mental health services, under the guidance of a qualified nurse.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities of a mental health support worker:
Support the nurses on duty and other Clinicians while they carry out their duties.
Receive and implement instructions from the nurses in charge of the wards at all times.
Welcome patients and facilitate a friendly environment to enable them acclimatize to their new environment.
Ensure the safety of patients and their living environment at all times; ensure patients are never left unattended in the facility or while on external activities.
Physical care of patients: assist when circumstances require, in maintaining personal hygiene – bathing, dressing –, feeding, making beds, arranging personal effects, etc.
Interact with and support patients during therapeutic activities and recreation.
Assist to de-escalate and/or restrain aggressive/violent patients when required.
Supervise the scheduled regular cleaning of patients’ rooms and shared areas during all shifts.
Complete all observation charts and handover checklists promptly and conscientiously, with adequate attention to detail.
Ensure that electrical appliances e.g. bulbs, air conditioners, heaters, etc. are switched off when not in use.
Promptly report damages, and supervise repairs and maintenance activities in the facility.
Perform any other duties as assigned by the Nurse or Clinicians.
The people you support all have unique needs. Mental health support workers should be compassionate and very patient. They must be strong-willed, able to solve crises and work on a team. High levels of interpersonal skills are essential, as the applicant will not only play a role in a busy team, but will also be a source of support to the patient, and the patient’s family, during their treatment and recovery journey.
Minimum of ND in Health Related and other Social Science Courses.
Previous work experience in a mental health or general health care facility will be an advantage.
Method Of Application
Resume and accompanying documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 30th November, 2020