Job Title: Support Worker
Location:  Haywards Heath          
Hourly rate: Minimum of £9 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 admittances 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 5 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.
• 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.
JOB DESCRIPTION
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.
• Wash up children’s breakfast/dinner pots.
• 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.