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Support Worker
Band 3
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
  • Flexible working
Various hours per week
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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Musgrove / Community / Homes
£20,330 - £21,777 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
28/01/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Health Care Support Worker, Band 3

Band 3

Job overview

Health Care Support Worker: Winter Taskforce

NHS Agenda for Change Band 3 (£20,330 to £21,777)

Variable hours and locations across Somerset

This is a new role working across a variety of health and community settings to develop a new taskforce to support the pressures of winter. We are working together to support our Somerset citizens to live as independently as possible and remain well wherever they are

We have a number of opportunities for people who have the right values, behaviours and the passion to care to make a difference in people’s lives.

From working with people in hospital who have severe dementia to keep them safe, to supporting someone to leave hospital to a community reablement setting, this role is exciting, rewarding and diverse.   You will need to be mobile and able to work in numerous places across Somerset and working a shift pattern (e.g. early mornings/late evenings) will be required


Main duties of the job

Experience of working in a care setting or supporting someone with their care needs would be advantageous but we will offer all the training you need to help you develop the skills and confidence to support you in your career journey

Individuals will be taken on substantively, but will need to engage with us to look at what roles they will move to following the winter period.  We are looking to develop a new role that will break new ground in the delivery of health and social care in the future and challenge the notion of Health or social care as a career.

We will be recruiting at pace and hoping to have our new team up and running 2 weeks ahead of Christmas – so if this is the moment to switch to a job where you can really make a difference in caring for others, and be supported to be the best you can be then please apply now

Working for our organisation

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • The post holder will carry out well-defined routine duties in accordance with the individual’s in-patient or reablement plan or long term care plan, promote independence and check on the individual’s overall progress, comfort and wellbeing. This may be in any number of care settings, including acute, community and own homes
  • When working as a lone worker the post holder will escalate risks and take measures to make a situation safe in accordance with training provided and report any concerns as required.
  • Work within a range of healthcare settings this will include colleagues from both health and social care.
  • When supporting a reablement care plan, the post holder will report to the key worker responsible for the client who will directly or indirectly supervise their work. On an acute ward it will be the Nurse in Charge
  • To motivate and encourage clients with a diverse range of social needs and medical conditions to achieve agreed outcomes.
  • The post holder will deliver outcome focused support plans and provide a range of care and support tasks to support individuals living within their own homes.
  • See JD for full list 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy and spoken English (Minimum Level 2, or Functional Skills).
  • Vocational Qualification Level 3 equivalent level or equivalent experience.
  • Level 3 qualification or Certificate in Healthcare, Care Certificate or willing to work within agreed time scale.


Essential criteria
  • Understanding of actions which can improve an individual’s quality of care.
  • The provision and promotion of holistic person-centred care.
Desirable criteria
  • A good understanding of health and social care models.
  • An understanding of the physiology, psychology and organisation and function of the human body/ Basic Medical conditions
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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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Kathy Barrett
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