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St Andrew's Healthcare Overview

Northampton, England
1001 to 5000 employees
Healthcare Services & Hospitals
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
St Andrew’s is a charity providing specialist mental healthcare for patients with some of the most complex, challenging mental health needs in the UK.

Mission: We provide care across a number of services, including Men’s Mental Health, Women’s Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Neuropsychiatry, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ... Read more

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  • We've introduced a new reverse mentoring initiative aimed at raising awareness and understanding about the barriers and challenges faced by our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff in the workplace and ultimately break down inequalities.

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St Andrew's Healthcare – Why Work With Us?

St Andrew’s Healthcare - a brief charity overview

Our history began in 1838 with the opening of our hospital at Northampton offering 'humane' care to the mentally ill.

As a charity our surpluses are reinvested in patient care. We have no shareholders or owners to pay dividends to, and we can therefore put people first.

Some facts:

  • We employ more than 4,500 people across four locations
  • We care for up to 900 people
  • The charity was originally established in 1838
  • More than 90 per cent of our patients are placed with us via the NHS
  • We train clinical leaders for the future through our teaching programme
  • We work in partnership with universities around the UK
  • Our research is improving understanding of mental health
  • We share our knowledge widely through our annual conference and events programme

The culture at St Andrew's Healthcare

At St Andrew’s Healthcare, we’ve developed a positive, welcoming and inclusive culture, where everyone feels involved and equality and fairness are an everyday reality.

With us, you will be encouraged to work in creative ways and put your own ideas and thoughts forward. Your opinions matter; our managers are always ready to listen.

All of our teams have their part to play in transforming lives and making amazing things happen, and you will be able to see the positive effect you have on people’s futures.

Our CARE values

Compassion: Be supportive, understanding and care for patients, their families and all in the community.

Accountability: Be proactive, take ownership and responsibility, do what you say you will.

Respect: Act with integrity; be real, be open, be honest.

Excellence: Innovate, learn and deliver - whatever you do, do it well.

We celebrate our diversity and strive for equality

We want everyone to be able to be themselves in the workplace and feel valued and respected for the diversity they bring to our workforce.

Equality, diversity and human rights training is given to all staff to ensure equality of opportunity, to tackle discrimination and to foster good relations between different groups of people.

Careers in mental healthcare

We want to provide the best possible care to our patients. To achieve that, we need the best people possible in every role in the Charity.

Our staff are our greatest asset, so St Andrew's wants to attract the best people to come and work with us, and to provide an environment where individuals can flourish and learn.

Why choose St Andrew's Healthcare?

We encourage everyone to adopt healthy lifestyles. Free sports facilities and gym classes are available at some sites, and we encourage staff and patients to be active. All of our sites are smoke-free and we offer a cycle-to-work scheme, although we also have free parking at all of our sites.

We invest in training - we even fund 20 nursing degrees per year. Continuous learning and development is encouraged in all teams throughout St Andrew's to support your career development. We offer leadership and management development and clinical and professional development.

Diversity is one of our greatest strengths and we welcome all applicants, including those with experience of mental health issues. Our aim is that all staff are treated fairly, irrespective of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. We have been recognised as the top healthcare employer by Stonewall.

Career development at St Andrew's

We actively encourage continuous learning and development in all parts and levels of the charity. We invest significant time and resource in equipping each person for their role with us, to maintain and improve the quality of the care we provide.

From the first day you join us, we provide training and development opportunities tailored to your role and career aspirations.

Investing in our people

Your career at St Andrew’s Healthcare will begin with a group induction, which gives you the opportunity to learn more about us and what you can expect.

The induction also gives you the chance to meet new colleagues and also experts with lived experience, who have been in our care.

Apprenticeships and vocational training

These are available at different levels, from introductory to degree level, in subjects related to hospitality and catering, business administration, IT, HR, leadership, management and clinical and nursing disciplines.

The ASPIRE programme - nurse training

The ASPIRE programme is open to our Healthcare Assistants who have achieved either a Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health, or have a first degree in a health related subject. It allows them to combine their learning and experience and jump straight into the second year of the University of Northampton’s Mental Health Nursing degree, then completing their nursing degree in two years. While they’re studying, the Charity supports them financially and through pastoral care.

Pay and benefits.

We regularly benchmark our salary and benefits against another similar organisations.

Salaries are competitive within our sector and recognise the skills and experience that each individual brings to the Charity.

All salaries are reviewed annually and we recognise excellent and outstanding performance.

Special duty pay - In general, our operational staff including nurses and clinicians are scheduled to work five days out of seven, which may include weekend and evening working as part of the normal working pattern. You'll receive enhanced rates of pay or working these patterns, which can add significantly to your earnings.

Extra hours, extra earnings - If you'd like to work additional hours, you can increase your earnings with extra shifts hours through Workchoice, our in-house nursing bureau. Ask our nurse recruitment team for more details.

Core benefits

  • Pension scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Cycle2work
  • Access to Car Lease Scheme
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Payroll giving

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    Former Employee - Health Care Assistant in Northampton, England

    I worked at St Andrew's Healthcare full-time


    Job is rewarding band opportunities to develop are available


    This role requires a level of resilience as it can be emotionally demanding

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St Andrew's Healthcare Interviews



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    Healthcare Assistant Full Time Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at St Andrew's Healthcare (Birmingham, England) in February 2019.


    Applied online, was called in for an interview where I had to do an unexpected exam about what I think Compassion means and why it’s important. Was then called in for an interview with a clinical manager and head of recruitment, general questions about myself as well as scenario questions.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you think you would handle difficult situations and describe a scenario where you’ve dealt with one.   5 Answers
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