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Specialist Support Worker - New Ward Mersey Lodge




Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal, 100 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, SK8 3DG

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time, Permanent - Part Time


£17,010.68 per annum + Enhancements


37.5 hrs p/wk (Part time available)

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Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.


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Set within landscaped gardens, the safe and supportive environment of the Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal offers a comprehensive inpatient specialist mental health service for young people and adults. The service is dedicated to providing innovative, high quality care and treatment for service users with challenging and complex needs, in order to enable their recovery and re-engagement with the community.

Job Advert Role Description

Rewarding Commitment for Care Delivery  – Are you ready for a new approach?

Mersey Lodge is our new,  purpose-built new unit for a young patient which will provide a bespoke package of high quality care in an innovative setting.  It represents a fantastic opportunity to be involved in developing and delivering a bespoke package of care, which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of our patient and will provide the colleagues involved with a unique career experience and the chance to develop their skills as part of the Mersey Lodge Team.

The approach to care delivery for our patient will follow the Positive Behavioural Support approach (PBS).  PBS is a positive and proactive evidence-based approach to manage challenging behaviour.  All staff working on Mersey Lodge will receive PBS training provided by Halton Council as well as ongoing support and development.  The new unit has been specifically designed to meet our patient’s needs and incorporates a living room with play station and DVD facilities, dining area, bedroom, a sensory room as well as a large outdoor area for trampolining, football practice and bike riding.   

Mersey Lodge will be staffed with input from a large multi-disciplinary team including a PBS lead based at Cheadle. Initially 4 staff will be on shift day and night .  The service will fall under the Recovery and Rehabilitation Service Line and will require dedicated and passionate staff to work in this brand new bespoke unit to support our patient and ensure all the needs are met

We are looking to recruit motivated individuals with a genuine interest in making a difference to people’s lives.


Successful applicants will have proven experience with Autism / Positive Behaviour Support, working as a Healthcare Assistant you will be expected to:

•           Be part of a large multi-disciplinary team providing safe and effective care for individuals with complex mental illness.

•           Observe / respond to patient’s behaviours on the ward, these may include self-harm and acts of aggression.

•           Ensure patients adhere to activities of daily living.

•           Facilitate patients community access and integration.

You will be caring and attentive with the skills to build strong and trusting relationships with people. It is also important that you work well in a team as you will work alongside qualified nurses and staff from other professions.  You will receive regular supervision and take part in regular training activities, you will also be required to ensure you meet the Care Certificate standards.

Our service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all year round therefore we are looking for people who are flexible to cover shifts throughout the week at varying times of the day.

What we’d like from you:

•           A strong sense of responsibility

•           Previous experience in working with the PBS model is desirable - Reliable & trustworthy

•           Experience in working in a close team - Willingness to learn

•           Effective communication skills

•           Flexibility and strong “can do” attitude

•           Quality orientation

•           Previous experience within a healthcare setting desirable

What we’d like to give you:

•           A competitive salary with enhancements, plus bonuses

•           Disclosure check cost coverage

•           Comprehensive induction and commitment to ongoing training

•           25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

•           Birthday Holiday - Your Birthday as an extra days annual leave

•           Free onsite car parking

•           Online benefits and cashback rewards

•           Cycle to work scheme

•           SMART Pension option

•           Sick Pay

•           Enhanced Maternity Pay inline with NHS

Applicants can apply through

Please note that there will be a continuous review of applicants.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by our HR Team.

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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