Support Worker

Posted by: Zahra Mohsin | Date: 8th January 2020

Options for Care are recruiting Support Workers to join an innovative new service based in Erdington, B24. Orchard House is a 6-bed Mental Health Community Recovery Home for men. It provides people with proactive and time limited continued rehabilitation services. It is flexible enough to meet individual needs and focuses upon assisting recovery. The goal being to support people into further independence within the community following discharge from a hospital setting.

The service builds upon the recovery work already undertaken by individuals in hospital settings and supports a recovery programme which assists individuals in managing symptoms and their mental and physical health and wellbeing. Service users are encouraged to engage in a range of activities to continue to develop Activities of Daily Living, focusing on budgeting, food hygiene, nutrition, self-care, medication management and housekeeping whilst further developing social links and activities. Developing positive habits and socialising within the community is essential to support the individual in working towards their individual goals.

Location:             Orchard House, 95-97 Holly Lane, Erdington, Birmingham B24 9JP

Salary:                  £8.25 per hour (+ night/weekend enhancements)

Hours:                  37.5 per week (rotating pattern of long days/night shifts and sleep-in’s) – pattern to be confirmed

Job Type:             Permanent


Job Description Overview

  • Promote the physical health and wellbeing of service users, through support and education.
    • Maintain a safe environment, free from unnecessary hazards.
    • To support the wider clinical team and liaising with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Understand the rights of the individual to have their wishes respected.
    • Understand equal opportunities and supports the equality and diversity of the individual.
    • Observe the requirements of the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act
    • Promote a range of social and community activities, which promote healthy habits, lifestyles and networks, including access to adult education, voluntary work and employment.
    • Continued support and development of self-management skills such as personal hygiene, time management and domestic skills including budgeting, shopping and cooking.
    • Support the person to manage their own medication in a safe and supported environment.
    • Support the person to develop coping strategies and manage ongoing symptoms.
    • Promote and monitor individual recovery programmes.


Essential Criteria

  • Significant experience of working within mental health services
  • You must be able to communicate effectively and have the ability to understand and be understood – verbal and written.
  • Team player who is open and transparent
  • You need to be 100% committed to helping improve the quality of life of vulnerable adults.
  • You must have a kind and caring nature.
  • You must have completed NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care
  • Possess basic IT skills

If you are interested in applying for the role, please email or if you require further information, contact Beverly Lee on 0121 377 7551.