Job Title:  Support Worker/Personal Care Assistant

Location:        Shoreham    

Hourly rate:      £9.00  

Reference:      BRR5189       

Hours/shifts:  10 hours per week, flexible times, after school, at weekends or overnight to suit

Summary

 

  • Personal Care Assistant required for 11 year old girl living with her family in an adapted house in Shoreham.
  • She has global delay and seizure syndrome which causes her complex health needs.
  • She is fully dependent on others so requires 24 hour care. 
  • She enjoys playing with toys, music, watching DVDs and sensory lights.
  • To provide a caring role to the child in her own home and out in the community.  To provide respite for mum and keep the child stimulated and safe. 
  • Experience of working with children with complex health needs, epilepsy and using signs for communication required.
  • You should also be cheerful, reliable, flexible and patient.
  • Non-smoker preferred.

Other Requirements

         

  • Must have a UK driving licence
  • Must have access to own vehicle

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

Typical duties

Domestic -       

General tidying up after providing care e.g. dispose of soiled linen and nappies in appropriate receptacles, putting any equipment, toys away.

Maintain safe home environment for the child e.g. removing any hazards or anything that may cause injury. 

To encourage and facilitate interaction with the child e.g. playing with toys, music CDs, sensory lights, watching DVDs. 

 

 

Personal Care: 

Safe moving and handling, using tracking hoist for transfers as appropriate. 

Washing, showering, getting dressed.

Continence management e.g. nappy changing, toileting and skin care.

Care of gastrostomy and tube feeding via pump or bolus.

Care of choking patient, use of suction. 

Administration of medicines via gastrostomy.

Epileptic care, including use of VNS and administration of emergency medicine.

Perform massage to child’s hands and physiotherapy stretches as required

 

Social:

To assist with communication, use of signs, encourage eye contact, respond to any signs of distress. 

 

To take the child outdoors in wheelchair e.g. garden, park, around town.  Pushing wheelchair will be required.

 

Providing escort support to mother when taking child to appointments. 

 

Person specification

The successful applicant will be: 

Have some experience/knowledge of using signs for communication. 

Be cheerful and positive.

Be very reliable with good timekeeping. 

Be flexible. 

Be patient, self-motivated and demonstrate a positive attitude to disabilities. 

Have experience of working with children with complex health needs.

Have experience of working with individuals with epilepsy. 

Be willing to undergo any required training.

Be a non-smoker or refrain from smoking at work.

Fit and healthy enough to undertake the required duties e.g. pushing a wheelchair, using a hoist unassisted. 

Legally permitted to work in the UK.

Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard.

Able to work at all times to high standards of health and safety.

Be respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality.

Able to follow instructions and work on own initiative.

Be honest and trustworthy.