Support Worker Glasgow 35hrs

Sense Scotland

  • Contact: Recruitment
  • Reference: 4910

For 30 years Sense Scotland has been working with people who have communication support needs and believes everyone should have a choice in how they live their life. People we work with include those who have sensory impairment, deafblindness, autism, learning or physical disabilities and healthcare support needs.

We are looking for support workers who can make a difference in our Glasgow Housing Services.

We are currently looking for (preferably) suitably qualified and experienced individuals who are committed to ensuring that people using services enjoy the highest quality of support. The successful candidate will provide support in housing support services and in the community for adults that live at home with family/carers. This could be in a lone working capacity or as part of a 2:1 service

At present we support a number of adults in the area.  All of the people we support have a learning disability and /or physical disability with varying degrees of communication support needs, including dual sensory impairment, mobility issues and in some cases complex health needs.  All have very individual aspirations and their own unique lifestyles that they wish to have supported and a typical day might involve supporting individuals to; attend work placements, attend college, drama or art groups, provide personal care support, moving and assisting support, relax at home, carry out household tasks, complete physio and health monitoring routines, help develop new skills, have fun and meet up with friends and family.

Your job will be to ensure that person centred support is provided and that the individuals we support fulfil their ambitions, whilst considering at all times their health and wellbeing. There will be extensive multi -disciplinary input and family involvement so good communication and interpersonal skills are essential as well as an ability to read and follow guidance and provide clear and concise written reports. A good eye for details is useful and an understanding of self-directed support would be desirable. Due to the nature of the disabilities we support it would be desirable the successful candidate had a knowledge and understanding of behaviour that can challenge. Prior experience would also be useful.

We are looking for up to 35 hour contracted staff

Shifts patterns include: 7.30am to 2.30pm, 2.30pm to 9.30pm, 7.30am to 4.30pm, 12.00pm to 9.30pm and 9am to 5pm

As an organisation Sense is very committed to staff development. You will have access to induction, regular supervision, peer support meetings and management and practice development forums within the organisation. In addition given the nature of some of the health issues and behavioural support needs the people we support have, specific training will be provided.

Applications for Part-time and relief hours are welcome.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Individual’s needs are identified and met in practice in accordance with their Outcome Based Support Plan (OBSP).
  • You set and demonstrate good standards of work practice by offering support and on shift coaching to others through example.
  • You guide new staff, students and volunteers in providing a welcoming responsive, flexible and integrated service provision that reflects and meets the needs of individual’s and their family.
  • The individual’s OBSP is implemented and is updated to reflect any day-to-day changes in their needs, notifying the manager and senior staff of any aspects of support that cause concern or require adjustment.
  • You work as part of a rota prepared by senior staff and that you are punctual and fit for work when coming on shift.
  • Proper record-keeping, including recording incidents and complaints are maintained and passed to the appropriate manager, as soon as possible.
  • You have a good working knowledge of the guidance and the operational handbooks and that you provide the required support to others in applying these into practice.
  • Be aware of the responsibilities of individual in relation to their tenancy agreement, where appropriate, and support them to meet these.
  • Support people to apply into practice all the principles of safety in the home as agreed with the Registered Manager.
  • Support people to apply the principles of healthy eating and personal and household hygiene into their daily living as agreed with the Registered Manager.
  • Where an individual shows behaviours that present a challenge to staff you will ensure that all agreed intervention strategies are implemented into practice.
  • Where risk assessments are in place you will ensure that the appropriate steps are taken to apply the guidance into practice.

Values and Commitment
Our vision is for the people we work with to live meaningful and independent lives in a world which supports them to achieve their own ambitions.

We work to and are committed to our Core Values. These values are derived from families and enshrine the organisation’s ethos and guide the actions of all staff.  Sense Scotland’s values in practice mean we will:

To be open and honest
To recognise individual worth
To build relationships through trust
To act on the basis of individual aspirations and needs
To be accountable for our actions

Our service can offer exciting opportunities and a good career path for the right individual. Access to extensive face to face and online training as well as team development will be offered.  In return we will need you to be motivated, a good team player, sensitive to the needs of individuals, families and colleagues and come with a positive can do attitude, with a sensible approach to keeping people safe. A willingness to learn and a positive approach to making every day count in the work that we do is essential.

Successful Applicants Must Have:

  • Be in a position to gain qualification as determined by the SSSC for registration purposes
  • Evidence of core skills in numeracy and literacy
  • SVQ Level 2 (Adults Services) (desirable)
  • Food Hygiene certificate (desirable)
  • Relevant practical experience. (desirable)
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of current statutory requirements, Care Inspectorate standards, registration requirements and the SSSC Codes of Practice. (desirable)
  • IT skills i.e. Microsoft Office and HR database systems
  • Hold a full driving licence
  • Ability to communicate through signing (desirable)

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