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mental health sector

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Working in the mental health sector can be challenging, as staff may need to support individuals who have complex care needs. Mental and personality disorders may mean patients present aggressive or difficult behaviour to those around them, including the nurses and support workers who provide their care, so it is imperative that the staff we provide have the right training and skills to work safely and effectively in this sector.

A career in healthcare can be extremely rewarding as you will be directly impacting the life of a patient who needs your compassion and empathy to live a happy and supported life. While the core objective for us is ensuring quality patient care, we also want to make sure that we find you the role you want that will fits your needs and career aspirations.

We offer temporary permanent, and contract roles in a range of different settings; some of our staff choose to work with us on a full-time basis and others work occasional nights, days, weekends, or during holiday periods. It is entirely up to you and we offer flexibility in a range of different locations and settings to make sure we find you the most suitable role.


what can I do in mental health care?

There are lots of different roles in healthcare. In mental health care environments, we work with our clients to offer vacancies in the following positions depending on your skillset:

  • managers and senior care professionals, including: General Managers, Deputy Managers, Clinical Leads, Unit Managers, Team Leaders, Administration and general supporting staff.
    • All care facilities are run by a skilled team of senior members of staff, that are responsible for the overall running of the service and cover everything from Budgeting and staffing to care planning and maintaining CQC standards.
  • registered mental health nurse (RMN)
    • A nurse who has completed a three-year qualification in all aspects of nursing care to enable him or her to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting with specialist training in mental health.
  • registered learning disability nurse (RLDN)
    • A nurse who has completed a three-year qualification in all aspects of nursing care to enable him or her to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting and can be employed in any area of the health and social care sector but specialise in the support and care of those diagnosed with Learning disabilities.
  • support worker
    • Support workers are a vital part of providing vulnerable people with care and are able to radically improve their quality of life. Support workers assist individuals who are unable to live independently by offering them the practical help they need as well as emotional support.


what qualifications do I need to work here?

The required qualifications will depend on what role you will be doing, but may include the following:

  • an in-date DBS or valid certificate currently registered on the update service.
  • nursing qualification (nurses only).
  • NMC pin (nurses only).

Before working in any healthcare role, you should have the following mandatory training. gap healthcare provides refresher training on all the below certifications.

  • manual handling
  • basic life support
  • infection control
  • safeguarding of vulnerable adults (SOVA)
  • food hygiene
  • fire training
  • first aid awareness
  • confidentiality (data protection, information governance or information sharing)
  • health & safety
  • challenging behaviour – support worker only
  • dementia awareness – HCAs only


what skills do I need to have?

Working in healthcare can be demanding and requires an outstanding ability to relate to people from all walks of life with a consistent level of kindness, communication, and professionalism.

  • possess a genuinely caring and compassionate approach to vulnerable people.
  • be friendly and cheerful with patients, colleagues, and extended network e.g. a patient’s family.
  • the ability to work well with others.
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • the ability to work well under pressure.
  • display genuine empathy.
  • to be flexible and open to change.
  • excellent verbal communication skills.