Personal Care Assistant/Support Worker CP5417a

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CP5417a

Crawley

Part Time

£12.50 per hour

Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for a friendly, reliable and honest person who is passionate about care work. You would be joining a team of 7 Care Assistants to assist and support me in all aspects of my life.

I am a young man in his 30s with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy who requires 24-hour care by trained Care Assistants. I breathe through a tracheostomy and require the use of a ventilator 24 hours a day.

I also have very limited mobility and am confined to a wheelchair, requiring full assistance for everything.  I live in Crawley, West Sussex with my mother.

No experience is required, as full training will be provided where needed.

Your main duties will include monitoring my health and wellbeing throughout the night and helping me with personal care, healthcare/medical and domestic tasks on a regular basis. 

Occasionally your duties may involve admin and social support tasks. You will also accompany me whenever I go out or on holiday. 

You must have a valid UK driving licence. 

The main purpose of the role is to enable me to live as independently as possible in my home.

 

Hours/Shifts

Hours flexible, depending on the needs of the employer  

Other Requirements

Must have a UK driving licence

All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check

Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

 

Description

About the employer:

I am a young man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I breathe through a tracheostomy and require the use of a ventilator 24 hours a day. I am also confined to a wheelchair and unable to do anything for myself.  I live with my mother in Crawley. 

Typical duties

Personal Care Tasks:

Tasks will include helping with:

Getting up and going to bed 

Showering or washing 

Going to the toilet 

Going downstairs and upstairs 

Getting around at home 

Food and drink preparation 

Eating and drinking 

Cleaning teeth 

Hair care 

Nail care 

Getting dressed and undressed 

Shaving 

Cutting hair 

Putting on and taking off leg splints 

Change of used linen

Medical Tasks:

Tasks will include helping with:

Medication 

Gastrostomy (PEG) care 

Turning the PEG 

Checking the PEG balloon 

Changing the PEG tube 

Administering the PEG feed and flushing the PEG tube 

Tracheostomy care 

Ambu bagging 

Managing emergency situations 

Ventilator and humidifier management 

Skin care 

Getting to and from medical appointments 

Chest physio and cough assist 

Diabetes care 

Nebulisation 

Oral suctioning 

Tracheal suctioning 

Suction unit management 

Managing medical supplies 

Monitoring saturation and heart rate 

Checking medical equipment 

Admin Tasks:

Tasks will include helping with:

Opening and sorting post 

Filling in forms 

Making and answering telephone calls

Arranging, cancelling  or rescheduling appointments 

Sending post

Domestic Tasks:

Tasks will include helping with:

Household tidying and polishing 

Vacuuming and mopping floors 

Kitchen, bathroom and toilet cleaning 

Laundry and ironing 

Routine and light maintenance 

Cleaning and washing car 

Shopping 

Managing clinical waste bins 

Correspondence and making appointments 

Cleaning medical equipment 

Cleaning and tidying computer and electrical equipment 

Charging equipment  

Person specification

The successful applicant will be: 

Be permitted to work in the United Kingdom 

Have good communication skills in English 

Be patient and possess excellent interpersonal skills

Have an excellent attendance record

Be flexible and adaptable to employers requirements 

Have previous experience of providing care

Be able to work days and nights 

Be able to cover weekends, bank holidays and do extra shifts to cover sickness and annual leave

Be fit and healthy to undertake the required duties

Be honest, trustworthy and polite

Be friendly and enthusiastic with a good sense of humour and be cheerful

Be reliable with excellent timekeeping 

Be self-motivated and show interest

Able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety

Be hygienic, well presented and tidy

Be able to follow instructions and work on their own initiative 

Be respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality

Behave in a responsible manner and  have a professional approach 

Be able to work as part of a team and be understanding and supportive towards colleagues

Get along easily with others

Be able to remain calm and positive at all times and not panic under pressure 

Be willing to undertake relevant training 

Desirable Qualities

It is desirable but not necessary  for candidates to:

Have NVQ II (or higher) in Health and Social Care or equivalent care qualifications 

Have experience of working with a person with Muscular Dystrophy

Have experience of working with a person with a tracheostomy 

Have experience of working with a person using a ventilator 

Be a Non-smoker