As a support worker at Unity Dorset we hope that you will find the role of supporting individuals with mental health needs fulfilling. It is a role to be highly proud of because as a support worker you play an important and vital role in improving and maintaining an individuals recovery and mental wellbeing. You also have the ability to help people make changes by promoting and supporting their independent living skills.
Some of the individuals we support have complex mental health needs and have spent time in mental health hospitals starting their recovery process. They have worked to achieve their outcomes that make them ready to move onto be supported by providers like ourselves or to be supported in their own homes by a service like ours.
What a journey to be part of!!
Because of this expectation on our support workers we ensure that they receive the training that they need and deserve to ensure competency and confidence in their role.
All staff take part in a company induction and are assigned a buddy to shadow at the start so they can be signed off as independent. We then provide mandatory training courses that are expected to be completed during probation.
Continuous training development for our support workers is important to us and therefore we provide additionally training throughout the year. This can be workshops delivered by an accredited training provider, collaboration with mental health professionals and refresh sessions at team meetings. Additionally training and development needs are monitored at regular supervisions with management.
Finally we like to offer our support workers the opportunity to gain qualifications in their role and link with an NVQ provider to deliver level 2 and 3 in health and social care.