- Sector: Social Services, Housing and Childcare
- Location: Blantyre
- £15,925 to £16,839 per annum, Plus benefits
- Hours: Full Time Permanent
- Contact: Recruitment
- Reference: 5378
Support Worker - Blantyre Short Breaks
Vacancy Reference: 5378
35 hours per week, Salary: £15,925 (£16,839 FTE)
Applications for Relief Posts also welcome.
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.
Sense Scotland Short Breaks Service, based in the Blantyre area of South Lanarkshire, are looking for Support Workers. The service provides short holidays in a building designed for seven individuals. Whilst staying, individuals are offered a range of fun and meaningful activities, both within and out with th building base. The service has easy access to local transport. As a Support Worker you will work as part of an experienced and committed staff team to ensure that the needs and expectations are met of the people who use the service. The Support Worker will provide direct support to the people we support with all aspects of daily living under the guidance of the Practitioner / Supervisor. The people who access our service have a range of communication support needs and or a physical/learning disability. Personal care and administration of medication is a key part of the role as is maintaining good communication with families. Although we are looking to fill Night Posts and Day Hours. Please note that you should be flexible enough to fill all shifts as required – Early, Late, Sleepover and Waking Night Shift, including 1:1 community services and working across services if required.
We are looking for creative, motivated, experienced Support Workers who demonstrate impeccable standards of practice and a high value base at all times. It is desirable that you hold a valid driving license and are prepared to drive service vehicles, which includes our minibus.
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.
Sense Scotland offers an extensive range of employee benefits including; Ongoing training and development, generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working, family friendly policies, contributory pension scheme, employee assistance programme, cycle to work scheme, death in service benefit and Perkbox membership.
Successful Applicants Must:
- Be in a position to gain qualification as determined by the SSSC for registration purposes.
- Have 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.
- Full Driving Licence. (desirable)
- Ability to communicate through signing. (desirable)