Job Reference: LS1988 Expires: 1st March 2018
Are you looking for an opportunity to lead a small team of part time Personal Assistants and make a real difference in the life of a young adult man? The client has a serious long- term chronic condition resulting in severe pain and limited mobility. He has full mental capacity but due his physical health he experiences anxiety, depression and associated symptoms, however he wishes to live as normal a life as possible. The Personal Assistants team work on a 1:1 basis to help support that aim on a 7 day a week, 24hrs a day basis through a rota system.
Training will be provided and Workplace Pension offered when eligible criteria is met.
The Senior Personal Assistant role is more fully explained in the job description available on request for application but in summary it is to provide consistency and an overview of all the clients needs, working with the client and other health professionals involved in his care so as to move him forward in his rehabilitation so as to reach his full potential. To achieve this aim you will need to produce and regularly review a care plan and lead the Personal Assistant team so as to meet the agree objectives.
Beside the management of the team, your role will also require some aspects of completing every-day domestic tasks in the client’s own home and interventions as directed by physiotherapist, mental health and other clinical professionals involved in the clients care.
Equally important is planning and implementing events outside of the home to fit in with the client’s interests, as well as initiating and widening the range of social activities to promote independence. Therefore use of a car is essential.
The role requires someone with proven long term experience of care work and the skills and ideally experience of a leading, training and motivating a team. The ability to plan for medium and longer-term events as well as the day-to-day detail of care planning is essential. Working independently and being able to use your initiative is also essential but also to know when to refer to health professionals or clients family should the need arise. Good humour, strong communication skills and cheerful empathetic approach will also be necessary. Experience in Mental Health support would also be an advantage.
Examples of having and using these abilities will be required at application and interview.
After successful completion of a probationary period contracted hours will be approximately 20 hours a week worked over 4-5 days on a rota basis but some degree of flexibility is available. Cover for holiday and sickness would be required on occasions.