Position:                                 Support Worker

 

Hours:                                    Full time/flexible hours to be negotiated 

                                                                       

Accountable to:                    Team Leader (On Site), Supported Living

 

Place of work:                       Based on site at The Grange, but supporting activities off site

 

Purpose of role:                    To provide dedicated support for one adult with learning disabilities in a way which enables them to increase independence and skills over time, and to live a safe and satisfying daily life.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  1. Person Centred Care and Support
  • Working with designated key workers, Team Leaders and Positive Behaviour Support Champions to develop, review and evidence appropriate care and health plans for the person we support.
  • Assisting the person we support to achieve a high standard of personal hygiene and appearance, providing support with personal and basic care needs;
  • Supporting informed choices regarding nutritional needs and other aspects of healthy living, including physical activity.
  • Prompting and administering medication as prescribed, in accordance with his needs and in line with The Grange’s established medication procedures.
  • Reporting to the senior staff member on duty or Team Leader any concerns regarding the person’s wellbeing.
  • Preparing for and accompanying the person we support for medical and other appointments (eg dentist/doctor, barber).
  • Facilitating a varied and stimulating lifestyle by supporting participation in regular skills sessions and activities and also ‘ad hoc’ opportunities.
  • Supporting domestic activities such as laundry, cleaning, shopping, food preparation, budgeting, maintaining any work experience.
  • Being familiar with – and updating - recorded Risk Assessments, to ensure that risks to the individual are minimised and managed at all times.
  • Ensuring that the person we support is treated with respect and dignity.
  • Supporting the rights and choices of the person we support, and encouraging them to express their wishes and needs in all aspects of their life, including involvement of a neutral advocacy service where this is appropriate.
  • Maintaining a positive relationship with the person’s relatives and carers, ensuring that any concerns raised are dealt with appropriately or escalated to the Team Leader as required.
  • Liaising with external agencies, the person’s family, carers and friends in agreeing shared actions to meet the needs and aspirations of the person we support.

 

  1. Organisational Duties and Commitments

 

  • Understanding the aims, objectives and values of The Grange and Supported Living Service.
  • Ensuring you are fully familiar with The Grange’s policies and procedures and that you follow them consistently in your work.
  • Complying with confidentiality, equal opportunities and data protection regulations as set out in the above policies.
  • Upholding the Grange Values and Behaviours at all times.
  • Carrying out any other duties as may reasonably be required by your line manager or another senior manager at The Grange, in line with the needs of the organisation or the people we support.

 

 

  1. Learning and Development
  • Attending training courses as identified with your line manager, to support your designated role and personal/professional development.
  • Identifying opportunities for further development and for sharing of knowledge with colleagues.

  

 

Person Specification

Support Worker (1:1 Support, Austism Spectrum Disorder)

We recruit people who share our organisational values:

Our vision 

The Grange wants to lead the way as provider of choice for people with learning disabilities, inspiring our local and wider communities.

Our purpose

We support people with learning disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives 

Our values

  • Friendly
  • Open
  • Respectful
  • Caring
  • Enabling 

The first letters of our values spell the word 'FORCE' and we like to see ourselves as a 'Positive Force'.

Qualification / Knowledge / Experience

Essential/Desirable

1.                  Strong understanding of person centred care and support

 

2.                  Good level of awareness of Autism Spectrum Conditions (eg qualification, practical experience)

 

3.                  Confidence in using basic IT packages (eg Microsoft Word, Outlook email and calendars) and commitment to using new digital tools introduced by The Grange

 

4.                  Experience of working in social care, preferably in the area of physical and /or learning disability.

 

5.                  Level 2 diploma in Health and Social Care

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Competencies / Abilities:

Essential/Desirable

1.                  Strong organisational and prioritisation skills

2.                  Natural empathy

3.                  Good standard of personal presentation

4.                  Positive approach

5.                  Good communication and interpersonal skills

6.                  Ability to understand and complete relevant documents and reports.

7.                  The ability to work well under pressure

8.                  Ability and willingness to adopt a flexible attitude to working hours (eg including evenings/weekends/short notice)

9.                  Aptitude for working as part of a team, including a team involving people from outside the immediate organisation (eg family carers, Care Manager)

10.             Ability to establish positive and effective working relationships with stakeholders (eg colleagues, Care Manager, family carers, activity providers)

11.             Resilience

12.             Commitment to personal  development and organisational improvement

13.             Ability and willingness to drive for work purposes (including holding a full UK driving licence)

14.             Self starter, with a high degree of initiative and self-reliance

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This job description will be revised on a regular basis and duties may change in response to changes in legislation or to meet the changing needs of The Grange.