Location: Eastleigh / Hourly rate: £9.50 / Reference: JS6367

Summary

Female Personal Assistant required part time to support disabled young lady with challenging behaviour to enable her to carry out activities within the community in a safe and productive way. Active young disable lady who likes activities which are fun and productive.

I am Autistic and have challenging behaviour which I need a lot of support to manage when I am out and about in the community.

I find certain situations difficult and can become angry quickly but with the right support I can manage to enjoy the things I like doing. I need to be listened to as I give you all the signs you need to react to how I am feeling so I can be diverted with distraction techniques to be able to continue activities.

I like to talk and don't like being ignored so you will need to be constantly aware of how I am feeling, I don't like shouting or loud noises that come unexpectantly but I make a lot of noises myself which is ok. 

I have a good sense of humour, love music, bowling, cinema, swimming, trampolining and my Ipad but my mood changes quickly. Someone supporting me needs to be able to think quickly divert be constantly aware of surroundings and possible risks you will need to be calm and caring but firm and consistent.

I have 2:1 I support for my community activities one of these support roles has to be female for personal care that I require. 

Hours/Shifts

Minimum of 20 hours per week Monday to Thursday dependent on activities involved  

Other Requirements

  • "Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9."
  • 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 receive funds from my local authority to employ my own staff. Such funds are subject tochange linked to changes in my health and support needs.

My mother will act as employer to all staff. No smoking policy applies. 

Typical duties

Main Duties

  • To provide support alongside a current Personal Assistant providing 2:1 support with activities within the community
  • To provide personal care as and when required help with toilet, changing and showering before and after swimming this will be the sole responsibility of female Personal Assistant.
  • To assist with eating meals if required dependent on mood
  • Ability to cover extra hours an advantage if required
  • To provide support within the car and occasional driving if necessary
  • Required Skills
  • Person should have an outgoing and friendly personality, be reliable, flexible and trustworthy
  • Able to cope with challenging behaviour and be constantly alert to possible risks when out in the community
  • Previous experience desirable but not essential full Behaviour Management Plan in place which would need to be followed 
  • Be alert and able to risk assess and distract if required positive kind but firm attitude and consistent approach by all staff members at all times 
  • Must have a clean driving licence as mobility car is in use and you may be required to drive on occasion must be able to get to home address of own accord to start work 
  • Medication will need to be administered and a MARS filled in as required

 

Person specification

The successful applicant will be:

  • Person must be enthusiastic and able to use own initiative, have good practical problem solving skills and should be very good at exploring different support options.
  • To work alongside current male support worker with 18 months experience working with me Clean driving license required, confident driver who isn't bothered by background noise Person needs to be able to speak English clearly and be a good listener
  • Friendly, warm and caring attitude and well organised, an empathy with the needs of disabled people
  • Maintains professional standards and confidentiality
  • Responds sensitively to the needs of others also communicates and acts in a non-discriminatory manner
  • Treats people with dignity and respect and adopts a person-centered approach in encouraging and motivating participation with patience and clear explanation
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to work in an empowering manner. Able to work on own initiative, punctual, reliable and trustworthy.
  • Basic understanding how to support people with disabilities and challenging behaviour or is willing to learn Happy friendly and confident disposition is desired

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Good safety awareness is required, formal training an advantage but not required, training can be arranged.
  • Good food and hygiene awareness required, formal training an advantage but not required, training can be arranged
  • Ideally will have formal or informal evidence in supporting disabled people. Be able to think quickly distract and redirect would be an advantage
  • Previous experience with challenging behaviour an advantage but not essential
  • The post holder may be required to perform duties other than those given in the job description for the post. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to the post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and would not justify the re-evaluation of a post.