Job Title: Support Worker
Location: Haywards Heath
Hourly rate: Minimum of £12 per hour depending on experience
Reference: DP4681
Hours/shifts: Typical hours = 07.15-09.45 & 15.00-19.30 weekdays, term time. Longer day shifts at weekends and in school holidays. Evening babysitting. Job share available.

• Part Time Carer/ Carers needed for my 12 year old son in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. We are looking for someone who is fun, flexible and reliable to support him with every day living. My son has a neurological condition and is unable to talk, sit or walk. He has daily seizures and needs 1 to 1 care 24/7. You would be joining a welcoming family which includes other carers as an essential part of my son’s care. This will include working within the family home so you must be good with children (Child has 2 siblings ages 6 and 14 years) and happy to work with a loving Labrador. You must also have a good work ethic with the aim of helping support the family as much as possible.
• Tasks will include messy play and taking him out as well as driving my son to and from Chailey Heritage School in our own Wheelchair Accessible van. A full list of tasks are below.
• The role would suit a student nurse or someone keen to learn about complex health needs.
• We appreciate all of our carers and the irreplaceable support they provide so we offer good rates of pay to reflect this
• Experience in Special Needs is an advantage but not essential.

Other Requirements
• Must have a UK driving licence
• Must be happy to work with our fun loving Labrador

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.

Typical duties

Daily Tasks
• Washing & dressing
• Feeding meals and giving thickened drinks
• Changing nappies
• Driving 4 miles to and from school (term time) or on outings (weekends/holidays).

Community Living Tasks:
• Collect medicines from local Pharmacy, as required.
• Accompany my son to hair-dressers, park, town, garden centre in holidays or non-school time.
• Accompany him to the AMEX to watch Brighton & Hove Albion
• Swimming – occasional Saturdays or school holidays
• Evening babysitting
• Accompanying My son and I on trips to hospitals for outpatient appointments and occasional admittances by ambulance.

Medical Tasks:
• Prepare and administer daily medication.
• Monitor medication stock volumes and dates
• Administer PRN medicines such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen.
• Follow emergency seizure protocol. Prolonged seizures may require treating with rescue medication & potentially require accompanying child to hospital.
• Gastrostomy feeds
• Gastrostomy care
• Accompany child to and from some medical appointments

Domestic Tasks
• Change my son’s bed linen when soiled or wet.
• Tidy away at the end of shifts.
• Wash equipment e.g. syringes after administering medication

Person Specification
The successful applicant will be:
• Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
• Reliable with good time-keeping
• Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
• Hygienic, tidy minded and well organised
• Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties (use of hoist)
• Patient and possess excellent interpersonal skills
• Honest, cheerful & fun
• Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
• Legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom
• Able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety
• Previously experienced in working with children with additional need is an advantage but not essential as Full training given.