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Hft Shropshire & Staffordshire
£6.74 - £7.50 (dependent on age & probation)
For further information please contact:
Barry Lord on 01952 432065 ext 1003
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Location – Telford, Shropshire
Hours – Full-time 37.5 hours per week
It’s not just a job, it’s a life experience. Join us and help us change lives.
About the role
As a Support Worker at Hft you’ll be supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible. In this role, everything you do will enable people to have choices about their own lives and will contribute to creating flexible services which meet people’s needs and which identify the best ways of doing things.
There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ for our Support Workers. You never know what you might end up doing. You could be supporting someone to make their breakfast in the morning, to go swimming or to a local cafe in the afternoon or even to plan their birthday party or a family event. Sometimes it’s challenging, but it’s always rewarding. You’ll go to work knowing that you’re making a positive difference to someone’s life, and you’ll be working in a team of skilled, dedicated colleagues who’ll support you all the way.
We provide 24/7 support to the people using our services, so this role would suit you if you are able to work shifts or hours which, in rotation with colleagues, include some weekends, overnight sleeping-in support and Bank Holidays. You may also have the opportunity to accompany the people we support on holidays and will be supporting them to pursue social and leisure activities of their choice, both at home and in the local area.
You don’t need experience of support work or any special qualifications for this job as you’ll get plenty of training along the way. It’s great if you already have experience of learning disabilities, autism or dementia, but this is by no means essential. What matters most is your positive attitude to life and your desire to support people to live their lives with as much independence, choice, dignity and control as possible.
As the people we support are leading increasingly busy lives in their local community, a full driving licence and a willingness to drive Hft’s vehicles, subject to eligibility, would be an advantage.
What we offer
We offer a range of benefits and career development opportunities. We’ll give you a comprehensive induction, full training and support along the way as well as the opportunity to achieve qualifications in Health and Social Care. With Investors in People and Skills for Care accreditation, we are committed to investing in our teams to ensure they have the specialist skills and expertise needed to support others to live the best life possible.
Join us and help us change lives.
STRICTLY NO AGENCIES PLEASE
If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks after the closing date your application has not been successful on this occasion.
Hft’s usual terms and conditions apply.
Hft is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. As a Disability Confident Employer, Hft is helping to ensure that disabled people have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations that people without disabilities do.
Successful applicants will need to undertake an enhanced disclosure check against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Having a criminal record may not bar you from employment.
Where you will be working: Hft Shropshire and Staffordshire
Reports to: Registered Cluster Manager, Senior Support Worker
This job is important because:
You will enable the people we support to lead fulfilling lives based upon their personal support needs. You need to work to the standards set internally (by Hft) and externally (for example, by the Care Quality Commission), doing all you can to make sure that the people we support and your colleagues come to no harm and that the people we support are satisfied with the level of support they receive. You will achieve this by communicating with individuals and by following the underpinning principles of Person Centred Active Support (PCAS):
As we provide 24/7 support you need to be able to work shifts, including weekends, some nights and Bank Holidays. You will also be required to accompany people we support on holidays and attend training courses and other activities.
1. Support people with learning disabilities to the highest standard and in line with their support plan, cultural needs and wishes.
2. Support people with personal care if required, which may include toileting and bathing, in line with their support plan.
3. Support and encourage people to make choices and life decisions in line with the Mental Capacity Act requirements.
4. Assist and encourage people to engage in everyday home, social, leisure and work activities, according to the individual’s choice.
5. Support people with their health needs as required, e.g. taking medication and attending doctor’s appointments.
6. Keep accurate and up to date records.
7. Support people with their finances, where necessary, and in line with Hft guidelines
8. Promote health, safety and well-being of the people we support.
9. Work positively with colleagues, families and external organisations and professionals.
10. Look for opportunities to use Personalised Technology to increase people’s independence.
11. Maintain confidentiality at all times.
12. Improve the support provided by discussing any new ideas.
13. Participate in learning and development opportunities as required.
14. Undertake any other duties as appropriate.
These are the qualities and behaviours that Hft support staff must have. The first four areas are standard across Hft, the final, person-centred, area is to suit the particular service, and the people it supports, for this particular vacancy.
Communication – we need people who
Like being around people. Value input from others. Are good listeners. Are willing to try new approaches. Are able to communicate using a range of methods. Communicate openly with people. Articulate views with passion and understanding. Speak clearly using positive, simple, straight forward language. Articulate how they feel.
Respect – we need people who
Value the views of others. Are kind and thoughtful to others. Have a positive outlook. Are tolerant of people who have different views. See the person first not the disability. Respect others point of view. Are well-mannered and polite to everyone they come into contact with. Tackle issues with a positive frame of mind. Work at a pace comfortable to the person they are supporting.
Cares About – we need people who
Have a desire to be part of the social care world. Are enthusiastic about supporting people. Are patient with people. Behave in a person centred way. Are interested in the people they support.
Creative Thinking – we need people who
Have a ‘can do’ attitude. Think imaginatively. Communicate positively with people using a range of methods. Are enthusiastic. Use their initiative. Present themselves confidently. Freely express their views and asks questions.
Person Centred ‘must haves’ – we need people who
Feel comfortable working on their own with the people they are supporting once they have got to know one another.
Are able, in rotation with colleagues, to work a range of shift patterns, including some evenings, bank holidays and weekends.
Are enthusiastic about supporting the people using our services to pursue social and leisure interests of their choice, both at home and in the local community, which may include supporting them to go on holiday.
Feel comfortable using computers to record the support they have given to the people using our services or who are willing to learn how to use computers.