Career Coach, Band 5
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is proud to provide community, mental health and learning disability services and acute hospital services from Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Our mission is to deliver outstanding care through a culture of listening, learning and continuous improvement. Over 9,000 colleagues work for our trust in a very wide range of services and we aim to provide a supportive, inclusive environment in which our colleagues can thrive. We are working towards merging our trust with Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in order to provide consistent and accessible services across Somerset and better supporting people in our county to maintain their health and wellbeing. We are proud to be the Health Service Journal Mental Health Trust of the Year.
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust are embarking on new and collaborative models to support and attract new entrants to health and social care, by the creation of our Somerset Workforce Talent Hub.
Across a variety of different programmes, our hub will enable us to recruit, retain and develop talented people within our communities – nurturing and preparing our future workforce to work across the Somerset health and social care system in an agile way.
It is an exciting time to join us. We are looking for a passionate Career Coach to support our valued Talent Hub workforce, helping them identify and achieve permanent positions across the Somerset Integrated Care System (ICS)
Are you able to hold quality career conversation to identify colleagues’ potential and the areas of work they are interested in?
Are you skilled in supporting individuals with completing job applications and providing techniques to support with interviews?
If you have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a goal-orientated approach to work and a desire to support our health and social care workforce then we want to hear from you.
Hybrid role working between NHS Training Sites/County Hall & Work from Home.
Main duties of the job
Somerset Foundation NHS Trust are embarking on new and collaborative models to support and attract new entrants to health and social care, by the creation of our Somerset Workforce Talent Hub. Our hub will enable us to recruit, retain and develop talented people within our communities – nurturing and preparing our future workforce to work across the Somerset health and social care system in an agile way.
The role of the Career coach is to support the Talent Hub workforce to identify and achieve permanent positions within primary care, social care, community and specialist/acute trusts.
Somerset Foundation NHS Trust welcome applications from a range of people, including those working within health, social care, recruitment, employment services or education systems, to provide a comprehensive careers advice service with an understanding of the varied occupations and specialisms across health and social care.
Working for our organisation
As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.
The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.
There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Although the programmes of work will expand over time, the active programmes that currently sit within the Talent Hub are as follows
Somerset Vaccination Programme - The Covid-19 vaccination is our first line of defence against the coronavirus and the very best way to keep communities safe. The Career Coach will proactively look to support vaccination colleagues and volunteers to access opportunities and roles to meet their future aspirations.
Somerset Reservist Programme – Reservists form part of our flexible workforce and can be deployed across the Somerset Integrated Care System to meet demands, which may be Planned, e.g. winter block booking or Unplanned, e.g. surge events. There is a minimum commitment of working 20 days a year, plus an additional 5 days for training. The Career Coach will support by providing 1-1 careers coaching and identified recruitment support
SWAPS stands for Sector-based Work Academy Programme. It is a 4 week training programme designed to support people facing unemployment and redundancy in to entry level roles within health and social care. The Career Coach will support by providing 1-1 careers coaching and recruitment support to help each individual find the career pathway that best suits them and their individual circumstances. It is hosted by Somerset Foundation Trust and runs in collaboration with DWP and Weston College.
Passport to Care - the programme is an innovative recruitment collaborative aimed at attracting new entrants into the care sector as an unregistered Care Support Worker. The 18-month rotational programme, will give the opportunity to work across 6 different health & social care providers in 3 month blocks. The Career Coach will provide quality career conversations to colleagues during the programme.
Clinical Skills Bootcamp – an 8 week training course that has been designed for people who wish to gain practical skills and knowledge in the clinical skills that enable patients to be discharged from hospital into social care settings. The Career Coach will provide quality career conversations to colleagues during the programme.
- Educated to degree level or equivalent in discipline with significant quantitative content or related discipline
- Project Management (Prince 2) or equivalent
- Knowledge of specific area, acquired through diploma or equivalent experience
- Microsoft Office systems including: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
- • Advanced keyboard skills for regular use of computer systems
- • Knowledge of the vaccination programme and understanding workforce shortages across the system
- • Experience of working in a healthcare environment
- • Team supervision or management
- • Experience in delivering career advice, coaching and training
- • Project management skills
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Susie Freeman
- Job title
- Somerset Workforce Talent Hub Project Lead
- Email address
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