Personal Assistants (Care)

Hours: 1 x 20hrs / 1 x Relief

Contract Type: Full Time Permanent

Salary: £9.19 - £10.51 per hour (incremental)

Are you kind, caring, self-motivated and imaginative?

Do you want to make far-reaching improvements to the life of a young woman?

YES! – Then this is the job for you!

 

Supportability is a sector leading charity that provides high quality, person centred individual and group based services for Children, Young People and Adults, where we believe people who have disabilities are equally valued and empowered to live full and rewarding lives.

We are looking to appoint a part time Personal Assistant and a relief Personal Assistant to join the team at our Supported Living Scheme in Poynton to provide support to one of our service-users: –

 

Statement

“I am a young woman living in my own home in Poynton, East Cheshire. I have both physical and learning disabilities and I lead an active and rewarding life. I need kind, caring, self-motivated and imaginative individuals to support me with sensory awareness and experience, communication and socialising and all other aspects of daily living. I love interacting with people, swimming, dancing, classical music, drama and going out.

I am looking for people who have:

  • the skills and ability to provide person centred support to disabled people;
  • a positive attitude and a commitment to improving disabled people’s lives;
  • a full UK driving licence and willing and able to drive a (manual) Motability vehicle;
  • the confidence and imagination to devise and deliver appropriate activities for people with special needs;
  • a reasonable level of fitness to support physical activities (see Job Description).

 

You will be required to cover work on a rota basis that will include evenings, weekends and bank holidays. The post may include occasional sleeping in duties; additional hours will usually be available to cover staff absences such as holidays and sickness. Please note, occasional sleeping in duties may be required and these will be discussed with you in advance.

If you are interested in finding out more please call or text Jackie Brown on 07599 942030 for an informal discussion about the role advertised. (Jackie may be supporting our service-user  so please leave a message with your contact details if she is unable to take your call.)

 

To apply download an application form from our website and return it to Bethany.Speakman@supportabiity.org.uk quoting reference PAR explaining how your experience meets the job description & person specification – also available on the website.

 

Download an Application Form

 

To apply for this vacancy – download the Application Form below:

 

Application Form (October 2018)

 

Due to the personal nature of the duties and in the interests of privacy and dignity, this post is restricted to female applicants only (as allowed by Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010)

 

MAIN PURPOSE:    

 

  • To fully support this client to live in her own home, taking full account of her individual needs
  • To deliver full personal and health care support to this client
  • To ensure our client receives an excellent standard of care and support at all times
  • To assist our client to live a full active and rewarding life in a variety of social activities and settings and work-based opportunities
  • To help devise and deliver a wide range of sensory, social interaction and communication-based activities to our client with learning and physical disabilities
  • To fully support this client to access community-based activities that satisfy her social interaction, communication and sensory needs
  • To ensure that all tasks are undertaken within the framework of the client’s assessment, support and care plan and risk assessment, and take full account of the individuals wishes and preferences.

 

 

 

  1. Support personal and emotional development

 

  • To develop and maintain a sensitive, caring and supportive relationship with our client.
  • To promote the client’s self-esteem and emotional health.
  • To encourage and support our client to express their views and wishes and make real choices and decisions.
  • To encourage, motivate and enable our client to be as independent and involved as possible in activities pertaining to their daily living.

 

  1. Personal care and support / health needs

 

  • To ensure that our client receives all necessary advice, care and support to maintain and enhance their physical health and well-being.
  • To ensure all tasks are undertaken in such a manner as to respect our client’s privacy and dignity.
  • To attend to our client’s personal care needs. This will include intimate personal care including dressing/undressing, supporting their continence needs and bathing.
  • To assist our client in all aspects of their mobility. This will include operating hoists, wheelchairs & transferring of our client (in accordance with agreed manual handling risk assessments).
  • To provide health care support and monitor the health and well-being of our client at all times. This will always be in accordance with instructions and advice of health care professionals and senior staff; for example, in regard to nutrition and medication, relaxation and exercise regimes (including, for example, massage/ swimming/ hydrotherapy/ physiotherapy).
  • To administer and record prescribed medication in accordance with the Society’s Medication Policy.
  • To plan and prepare a balanced, nutritional diet and drinks, and support our client with this.
  • To be aware of and work within strict food hygiene practice and regulation.
  • To assist in responding to our clients health and well being issues which may require sleep in duties when applicable.
  • To contribute to all domestic duties and maintain the highest standards of cleanliness (e.g. laundry and ironing, light gardening, general cleaning, shopping and other housekeeping duties); enabling our client to be involved in such tasks wherever possible.
  • To communicate and cooperate with the property owners (housing association), on behalf of our client to ensure a high standard of property maintenance.

 

 

  1. Sensory, Communication and Social Interaction Needs

 

  • To prepare and deliver activity sessions appropriate to the needs of our client. These will be timetabled sessions and the activity will be aimed at maintaining and developing our client’s sensory, communication and social interaction needs
  • To clear up after activity sessions.
  • To devise appropriate activity sessions (with support from others staff team members, family and professional Occupational and/or Physio Therapist).
  • To support and join in with our client accessing appropriate activity sessions in the community. (This includes swimming sessions and you will be required to support our client in the water.)
  • To drive our client to activities in her wheelchair accessible vehicle (manual gears).

 

 

  1. Community engagement

 

  • To support our client to develop a socially valued lifestyle, maintain and develop relationships with their relatives and friends and participate as fully as possible in their community.
  • To enable our client to access appropriate social, leisure, educational and work-based opportunities, and escort and support them to attend a wide range of activities and venues within the community; for example clinics, hospitals, social activities, swimming pools, bike riding, gym, concerts, etc. – the list is endless.
  • To support our client to develop and maintain their own interests, hobbies, etc. within their own home.
  • To drive our client’s mobility vehicle to take our client to activities / appointments.
  • To accompany our client and actively support them to participate in leisure/ social activities (including regular swimming sessions) within the community and on holidays.

 

  1. Professional Responsibilities

 

  • To keep up-to-date with information, including our client assessments, care plans and risk assessments and Society policies in general.
  • To always carry out and record financial transactions involving our client or Society funds within Society guidelines.
  • To maintain thorough and accurate records.
  • To liaise and work co-operatively with other professionals and carers– operating within a ‘circle of support’ around the client.
  • To attend meetings, reviews and appointments on behalf of the individual / the Society.
  • To ensure that all personal information or knowledge gained is treated in accordance with the Society’s confidentiality policy.
  • To always work within the Health & Safety policy and guidelines of the Society.
  • To attend training as and when required and be prepared to identify opportunities for professional development
  • To be available for individual or group supervision provided by senior staff or other Society managers and to attend regular pre-arranged staff team meetings outside of the normal shift pattern – payment is made for these hours.
  • To attend and participate in briefings, discussion sessions and regular staff team meetings as appropriate– you are required to attend at least 8 of the 11 team meetings per year as part of your contract.
  • To undertake all duties with the aims of the Society in mind and according to the Society’s Equal Opportunity Policy and other Society Policies.
  • To carry out any other reasonable duties as required by line managers, including stepping up to deputise in the absence of the coordinator when appropriate.

 

 

This job description will be reviewed at regular intervals in consultation with the post holder(s) and line manager.

 

 

 

Person Specification

 

 

Essential requirements

 

Method of assessment
1. Reliable and trustworthy

 

2. Kind and caring

 

3. Patient

 

4. Able to accept responsibility

 

5. Able to use their own initiative

 

6. Have plenty of common sense

 

7. Willing to learn

 

8. Diligent

 

9. Able to work on their own and as part of a team

 

10. Conscientious

 

11. Flexible

 

12. Sensitive

 

13. Able to follow instructions

 

14. Car driver with full UK licence (manual)

 

15. Reasonably fit

 

16. Enjoy physical activity

 

17. Confident in a swimming pool and willing to swim

regularly

 

18. Formal qualifications are not required, however post holders will be encouraged and supported to achieve a basic care qualification (NVQ Level 2). Further relevant qualifications are optional.

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Download an Application Form

 

To apply for this vacancy – download the Application Form below:

 

Application Form (October 2018)