Job Title: Support Worker
Location: Haywards Heath
Hourly rate: Minimum of £11 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.

SUMMARY
• Part Time Carer/ Carers needed for an 11 year old disabled child in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. The child has a neurological condition and is unable to talk, sit or walk. He has daily seizures & needs 1to1 care 24/7.
• The role would suit a student nurse or someone keen to learn about complex health needs.
• You must be reliable, flexible & fun.
• Daily tasks include preparing medicines, administering PEG feeds & feeding orally, changing pads, washing, dressing, as well as driving child to and from Chailey Heritage School in client's own Wheelchair Accessible van.
• The role would include accompanying child & parent on trips to hospitals for outpatient appointments and occasional admittance by ambulance as well as collecting medicines from local pharmacy.
• Tasks also include messy play and taking child out. Candidate will be working in the family home and must be good with children (Child has 2 siblings ages 6 and 13 years) and happy to work in a home with a loving Labrador. Candidate must have a good work ethic with the aim of helping support the family as much as possible.
• Good rates of pay.
• Welcoming family
• Experience in Special Needs an advantage but not essential.

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.


Typical duties
Daily Tasks

• Washing & dressing of child
• 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 child to hair-dressers, park, town, garden centre in holidays or non-school time.
• Accompany child to the AMEX to watch Brighton & Hove Albion
• Swimming – occasional Saturdays or school holidays
• Evening babysitting

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 child’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 needs. Full training given.

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this position you will be employed directly through the individual employer and not Independent Lives.