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We’re looking for healthcare assistants to join our teams

Are you a healthcare assistant looking for a new, highly rewarding challenge?

We are recruiting to a number of senior HCA roles at Wotton Lawn Hospital, Charlton Lane Hospital and our Staff Bank.

You will be working within highly motivated multi-disciplinary teams, with supervision from qualified staff, to enable you to deliver excellent patient care.

An essential part of your role will be to observe, report and record changes in service users’ behaviour as well as their physical and mental health. You will at times need to assist with personal care and activities of daily living.

We provide a service to our patients 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and so we are looking for flexible people  to cover shifts, as part of a rota, throughout the week at varying times of the day.

In return for your commitment we will provide a comprehensive induction programme which will ensure that you feel fully supported and have the right tools to undertake this challenging but rewarding job.

Wotton Lawn Hospital

Wotton Lawn Hospital provides inpatient assessment and treatment for working age adults with mental health needs assessed as requiring this level of intervention.

The hospital consists of 4 locality based acute wards:

  • Dean Ward – a 15 bed female only ward serving the Cheltenham and Forest of Dean localities
  • Kingsholm Ward – a 15 bed male only ward serving the Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean localities
  • Abbey Ward – a 18 bed mixed ward serving the Stroud and Cirencester locality
  • Priory Ward – a 18 bed mixed ward serving the Gloucester locality.

In addition Wotton Lawn Hospital has:

  • The Greyfriars Unit – a 10 bed psychiatric intensive care unit
  • Montpellier Unit – a 12 bed male low secure unit as part of the Southwest secure estate.

The peripatetic team is a team of healthcare assistants who will work flexibly across these 6 areas of Wotton Lawn Hospital as required.

Charlton Lane Hospital

Charlton Lane Hospital is a modern, purpose built, 48 bedded inpatient hospital which provides inpatient assessment and care for mental health service users requiring hospital admission for treatment across 3 in-patient wards:

  • Chestnut Ward – a 14 bed ward for older age adults who have a functional mental illness
  • Mulberry ward – an 18 bed ward for older age adults who have a functional mental illness
  • Willow Ward – a 16 bed ward for predominantly older adults with an organic mental illness.

The peripatetic team is a team of healthcare assistants who will work flexibly across the 3 wards in Charlton Lane Hospital as required.

The interview and assessment day will be on 4th September 2019 at the Jury’s Inn, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham.

Find out more about the Wotton Lawn roles and apply here.

Find out more about the Charlton Lane roles and apply here.

Find out more about the Staff Bank roles and apply here.

Gloucestershire Health and Care Careers Fair in Belfast

2gether NHS Foundation Trust is holding a careers fair at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March 2019.

2gether provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire and we have a wide range of roles currently available.

Whether you are newly qualified or currently working in community health or inpatient settings, we’d love to meet you.

We can offer:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Incremental pay
  • Relocation packages
  • Flexible working opportunities and family friendly policies
  • The chance to experience a range of working environments, teams and services
  • Dedicated occupational health and wellbeing service
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Business mileage payments for work-related travel
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities
  • Access to local and national staff discounts

Our clinicians and HR advisors will be available to answer any questions and you can also apply and have an interview on the day.

It is an exciting time to work for 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. We’re working together to bring mental health, learning disability and physical community health services together. From October 2019, we hope to be a joint Trust.

Find out more and book your place here. 

It’s Mental Health Nurses Day

Today (Thursday 21 February), we celebrate all things mental health nursing!

Read Katherine’s blog post about her first year of her mental health nursing degree.

Read Steve’s blog post. He’s been a mental health nurse at 2gether for 11 years.

Penny is studying mental health nursing. Read her blog here.

Find out more about our careers event – taking place TODAY!

Find out more about the path to mental health nursing on the Health Careers Website.

Take a look at all our current vacancies here.

Gloucestershire Health and Social Care Event on 21 February 2019

Attracting the brightest candidates to Gloucestershire



Thursday 21 February 2019, 10am – 3:30pm


Kingsholm Stadium, Kingsholm Road, GL1 3AX

Come and join us to find out more about working in health and social care within Gloucestershire. Chat to employers and interview on the day where possible.

You’ll also be able to find out more about apprenticeships, and opportunities if you’re newly qualified.

We have a wide range of roles available, including: Care Assistants, Care Co-ordinators, Community Mental Health Nurses, Community Nurses, Consultants, Doctors, Eating Disorders Clinicians, Emergency Care Practitioners, Healthcare Assistants, High Intensity Psychological Therapists, Learning Disability Nurses, Locum Consultants, Nursing Assistants, Nursing Associates, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapists, Psychotherapist, Registered Nurses, Research Nurse, Senior Mental Health Practitioners, Social Care Worker, Specialist Dietitians, Speech and Language Therapists, Staff Nurses, Support Workers and Team Managers.

You can find out more about the other organisations taking part by visiting their websites:

Our eating disorders service is recruiting

Our dynamic and motivated eating disorders service based in Cheltenham are looking for full time band 5 and 6 clinicians to join their community team.

The service provides specialist assessment, treatment and support for individuals who are experiencing an eating disorder and their families within Gloucestershire.

The role includes carrying out initial assessments and the delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Enhanced (CBT-E) sessions. It will also include the treatment of young people and their families, using Family Based Treatment (FBT) as well as managing those identified as at risk.

The successful candidates will have excellent communication skills, be enthusiastic in their approach and demonstrate an understanding of the complexities involved in this specialist area of mental health.

For an informal chat, please contact Anne-Marie Willis on 01242 634263.

Band 5 role

Band 6 role

Join our education mental health trailblazer team!

Gloucestershire is excited to have secured £5m national funding to improve specialist mental health support in schools and waiting times for other mental health services and we are looking to recruit a number of Education Mental Health Practitioners.

The funding is being used to set up four Mental Health Support Teams in a number of schools across the county, including primary, secondary, special schools and other settings.

The teams will be staffed by a combination of experienced, qualified counsellors working alongside NHS staff; the balance of skills, experience and training within the teams will be flexible in order to meet the specific needs of the children in each type of school.

Education Mental Health Practitioners will play a key role in these teams, and will focus on improving the resilience of students in schools, providing early support to prevent issues from escalating. They will also identify children and young people who need more specialist help and ensure they receive the support they need.

Post holders will be employed by Devon Partnership Trust for the first year whilst undergoing training, and, once qualified, by 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

For full details and information about how to apply, visit NHS jobs.

Join us as an Apprentice IT Technical Support Technician

Our IT Projects Team have a new exciting opportunity for two apprentices to join the team. The successful post holders will obtain recognised IT certification with Microsoft, Cisco and other vendors.

We are looking for individuals with excellent communication and IT skills to bring something to the Trust and be part of the current and future success. Valuable experience will be gained in the latest network, cloud, virtual and systems technologies. The post-holder will help provide IT Technical support for users throughout Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

You will need to demonstrate knowledge / experience of supporting IT systems and users in Windows 7/10 environment, familiarity of supporting desktops and laptops, Windows operation systems, networking fundamentals, using remote support tools and other requirements as per the person specification.

This role will include workplace mentoring and block release classroom study via the Apprenticeships Scheme, leading to an industry recognised Level 3 apprenticeship qualification upon completion (A Level Equivalent).

Find out more and apply here.


Trust recognises dedication of mental health and social care staff at awards ceremony

The hard work and dedication of mental health and social care staff and volunteers from across ²gether NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

The Trust’s Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Awards (ROSCAs) took place at Hatherley Manor Hotel, near Gloucester, on Friday evening (20 July).

Around 125 staff, volunteers, service users and carers from across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire attended and awards were presented in 10 categories.

In addition, long service awards were presented to staff who have given either 20, 30 or 40 years’ dedication to the NHS, totalling an impressive 2580 years between them.

Ingrid Barker, Chair of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The ROSCAs celebrate the amazing dedication, commitment and compassion of our colleagues working across the Trust. It has been inspiring to hear about the work of those who were nominated, and how they provide such a high quality and caring service to those in need.

I would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all of the nominees and winners for what they do on a daily basis.

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive, ²gether, said: “This is the eleventh year of the ROSCAs but my first as Joint Chief Executive. It was an honour to attend the event, celebrate success and recognise those who go the extra mile every day.

“The awards highlighted shining examples of teamwork, innovation, leadership and putting service users and carers at the heart of everything.

“Everyone nominated for a ROSCA represents the strong values which the Trust is built on, and I thank them for their hard work and commitment.”

More than 200 nominations were received for this year’s awards from staff, service users and carers.

The ROSCAs judging panel consisted of service users, trust governors, trade unions and sponsors.

The 2017 ROSCAs were sponsored by Alpha Colour Printers, West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN), Midcounties Co-operative, Unison, Gloucestershire Young Carers and PR Productions.

The list of winners is as follows:

Unsung Hero

Bill Wright and Stephanie Campbell – Santa and his Elf

Valuing Diversity

The Criminal Justice Liaison Team

Carer and Service User Involvement

Andrew Telford, Community Services Manager

Service Users and Carers Choice

Colleen Brady, Community Learning Disability Nurse

Award for Innovation

The Rapid Access Physiotherapy Team

Clinical Team of the Year     

Charlton Lane Hospital Team

Non-Clinical Team of the Year

The E-Rostering Team

Best Supporting Colleague

Conway Jones, Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Best Supporting Manager

Colin Wright, Deputy Manager, Berkeley House

The CEO’s Award for Outstanding Contribution

Jim Stone

Meet our Mental Health Liaison Team

People with mental health issues visiting hospitals in Gloucestershire are getting a swift and compassionate response from an award-winning team.

The Mental Health Liaison Team is poised to deal with all kinds of situations in both adults and young people aged 16+, 24 hours a day across the county’s Accident and Emergency units and wards.

The 22 staff are part of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust but are based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH). The team also covers Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) and the eight community hospitals in Gloucestershire, dealing with between 200 to 300 patients each month who are experiencing mental health problems across the sites.  The service comprises four teams in total, these include working age, older age and alcohol, and staff work across patient groups.  This involves partnership working with other agencies so that high quality patient care is delivered to the right person at the right time.

People need help due to a range of issues, including alcohol dependency, self-harm and severe mental health problems.  The team helps existing ²gether service users during their inpatient stay, helping to manage their anxieties and support communication with the ward teams.

Jim Welch, Mental Health Liaison Manager, ²gether, said they see a wide range of patients from all communities and backgrounds.

He said: “We see anyone and everyone. It could be me or you. We’re all one day away from being ill.

“We forget that 40% of the workforce may have a mental illness. This means 40% of people in this hospital and the staff caring for them will have some degree of mental health need.

“People in their middle years may have been successfully contained within jobs and marriages.  Take that away and mental health issues can develop.”

The role of the team is to provide a full psycho-social assessment of anyone referred.  Clinicians look at why the person has come for help, and the events that brought them. A full background history review will take place for those who are unknown to mental health services.

Carrying pagers and working locally within acute settings means staff can literally pop next door to respond to an emergency. The team maintains a high profile and actively engages staff by providing tailored training to make sure that the mental health needs of patients are equal to their physical needs.  Staff have won a number of awards including a ²gether Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Award (ROSCA) for clinical team of the year in 2017.

Previously, young people were facing long waits for mental health support in A&E because the Children and Young People’s Service isn’t available 24/7. Now if a young person aged 16+ needs help late at night they don’t need to wait until the next day as the team can help them there and then. There are plans to lower the threshold to 11+ in the future.  The team also seeks to involve families and carers in developing packages of care that take the needs of the whole family into consideration.

Jim added: “The team is adapting to meet the needs of our community. We have evolved service delivery to meet the needs of the client group so support is available at the earliest opportunity.”

The team members all have a registered mental health qualification and are psychiatrists, nurses or from a social work background.

Jim added: “One of the key messages for us is that it’s ok to talk about it, if you talk about it, you’re not alone.”

Joint Chief Executive of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust announced

2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of a Joint Chief Executive for both organisations.

Paul Roberts has been selected in the role of Joint Chief Executive following a thorough national selection process, which included discussions with service users, partners and representatives from both Trusts, in addition to a formal interview.

He will take up his position on Monday 16 April and lead the work to formally unite the two Trusts, in line with plans announced last September.

Paul said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this exciting new role. Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust are both already very strong, high quality organisations.

“I look forward to building on these strengths over the coming months and years as the two organisations work even more closely together.

“I have no doubt that this closer integration will benefit service users, carers and the local community more generally and I am looking forward to playing my part in leading this development.”

Paul has been a Chief Executive for over twenty years and spent more than five years in Wales leading a large Health Board responsible for community, mental health and learning disability services as well as for four acute hospitals. Prior to that he spent fourteen years in Plymouth as Chief Executive of the community and mental health services, and then the acute teaching hospital NHS Trust.

An Oxford University graduate, he has also held a variety of national roles across the NHS, including being a trustee of the NHS Confederation, vice-chair of the Association of UK University Hospitals and a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

Ingrid Barker, who took up her position as chair of both Trusts on January 1, said: “Everyone understands that this is a critical appointment, and there was complete agreement that Paul stood out from an extremely strong field of candidates.

“His leadership, experience, compassion and dedication to our Trusts’ strategic vision will be invaluable as we lay down a blueprint for mental health, learning disability and physical health services which offer better co-ordinated, and more effective, care.”

Arrangements are being planned with Katie Norton, CEO at Gloucestershire Care Services, and Colin Merker, acting CEO at 2gether to ensure a seamless transition over the next five weeks.