Healhcare Support Worker - Early Intervention in Psychosis

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Healhcare Support Worker - Early Intervention in Psychosis

Job Reference: 001-ACS074-0620

Employer: Department: Headroom Youth Psychosis Team Location: Avon House, Penarth, Penarth Salary: £21,892 to £24,157 per annum


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (the UHB) is a Smoke Free Health Board. Smoking is banned across all of the UHB sites. Staff are therefore not able to smoke in the hospital grounds or on any other UHB premises .

The UHB reserves the right to close this vacancy after 24 hours if a large number of suitable applications are received. Therefore we encourage early applications to ensure consideration for this post.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

We are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We welcome applications from everyone and actively seek a diverse range of applicants. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential no matter their disability, sex, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity or marriage and civil partnership status.

Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English

An exciting new post is being created within Headroom Youth Psychosis Team for a band 4 Healthcare Support Worker. The post is full-time, 37.5 hours per week based in a multi-disciplinary community mental health team working with 14-25 year olds experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

You will be part of a passionate, supportive team, working with young people across Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board. The successful applicant will be expected to work with young people at all stages of recovery, including those who are acutely unwell. You will be expected to have experience of working in a community mental health setting and be able to make decisions in the moment based on your own initiative when necessary.

The role will include supporting young people to overcome barriers to accessing interventions in the community including issues such as financial, accommodation, using public transport and other social issues. The successful applicant will all support the functioning of a physical health clinic, including supporting young people through pathways towards gaining/maintaining positive physical health. The post will include taking bloods and carrying out ECGs. Training will be provided in all areas where necessary.

At Headroom we recognise that each young person is a unique individual, each with their own life story and their own set of personal beliefs and values. We are proud to work with individuals from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, with varied religious views and gender identities. We work with people from BAME communities, families seeking asylum, members of traveller communities and people with disabilities to name a few. We would like to reflect our diverse client group in the make up of our team. As such we really welcome and encourage applicants from any cultural background, of any religion or no religion, whatever your gender identity and whether or not you have a disability.

Psychosis can affect individuals from any cultural background. As such we work with young people and families from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and cultures and with a great wealth of experiences. We work with people from BAME communities; people seeking asylum and people in marginalised and/or socially excluded groups. We are working hard to become educated and to be be sensitive and understanding of the issues faced by all of the young people we work with. We would like our team to reflect the culturally diverse communities of our young people. We would therefore welcome and encourage applications for all people regardless of:

  • Nationality
  • Ethnicity
  • Native language
  • Race
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Social class
  • Spiritual beliefs and practice
  • Physical and mental ability

Although the post is advertised as full time, part-time applicants will be considered on a job share basis.

Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board now uses a Values Based Recruitment model and interviews will be conducted using this method.

Due to the challenges presented by Covid 19 and the need to engage in social distancing, interviews to carried out using video conferencing. Support will be offered anyone who will find it difficult to use video conferencing and arrangements can be made to meet the needs of applicants. Please don't let this put you off applying.

If you have any questions regarding the post, please feel free to contact the Headroom Clinical Team Lead, Matt Brayford via email: or telephone:

If you are successful in gaining an interview you are encouraged to make contact to discuss the post in more detail prior to interview.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Closing date: 29th June 2020

For further details / informal visits contact:

Headroom Clinical Team Lead, Matt Brayford via email: or telephone:

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website.

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