Specialist Support Worker
HOURLY RATE OF PAY: £9.50 p.h. for Experienced Staff
(Experienced Staff will have 2plusyears specialist experience in autism, learning disability or mental health). Starting hourly rate of pay for in experienced staff is £9.33p.h. increasing to £9.50ph after 1 years service.
SHIFT:6 week rolling rota. Please see attached rota for hours.
LOCATION: Wayfield Rd, Chatham
CLOSING DATE: 22nd April 2021
About the Specialist Support Worker Role:
You will need to be an experienced Support Worker, with at least 2 years experience working in the field of autism, learning disabilities or mental health care/support.
You will be Confident in Lone Working, Challenging Behaviour (Verbal, Physical and Property Damaging) and Medication. You will have the ability to think on your feet to solve any problems that arise and have a good working knowledge of Safeguarding and Mental Capacity.
Using the above skills, you will help our residents with their day to day lives, encouraging them to live as independently as possible. Providing exceptional person-centred care. Building meaningful relationships with them, their families, and other professionals. Working within either our Residential, Supported Living or Day Services.
Online Care Certificate and evidence portfolio (accept transferable evidenced certificate)
5 days virtual induction covering autism and care compliance.
3 days Studio III
On the job observation and assessments
About the Service: Wayfield Road
We are looking for someone to join our friendly well-established team, supporting autistic adults in their own homes. We currently support 5 individuals to live their lives as they choose. Nurturing, guiding, and offering our support along the way.
We are looking for an enthusiastic person with the patients and skills needed to support individuals on a 1:1 basis.
Accompanying and supporting them on activities such as long walks, day trips, shopping, cooking and holidays, the list never ends!
Whilst also having the patience, skill, and ability to manage some challenging behaviour from some of the people we support.
You must also be able and willing to drive a mobility vehicle when required., this is an ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE.
Tasks / Responsibilities of a Specialist Support Worker:
o Drive an individuals mobility car or service vehicle - Manual Licence required. ESENTIAL for this role.
o The Specialist Support Worker role may include but not be limited to:
o Working with individuals who can display challenging behaviours hurting self or others, running away, throwing things, swearing, shouting and damaging property.
o Support individuals within the community in activities such as bike rides, long walks and shopping,
o Administering medication
o Assisting individuals with personal care and hygiene
o Be confident and experienced in lone working.
o Household management tasks including cooking, cleaning etc.
o Uphold their privacy, confidentially and dignity.
o Handle money to shop, going to the bank etc.
o Working with and supporting individuals with additional needs, such as epilepsy, pica, learning disabilities.
o To form good working relationships with other members of staff across different services.
o Ensuring written records are correctly maintained.
Qualities of a Specialist Support Worker:
o An ability to think on your feet and problem solve.
o Understanding everyone\'s abilities and support needs.
o Promoting independence and choice
o Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
o Form good working relationships with other members of staff.
o A commitment to continuous personal development and learning.
BENEFITS WE OFFER YOU AS A SPECIALIST SUPPORT WORKER:
We offer many benefits, which include some salary sacrifice arrangements, although some benefits are dependent on a minimum earnings threshold:
o Paid DBS Check
o 33 days holiday (Pro Rata for Part Time Positions)
o Company Sick Pay after 12 months service
o Death in Service Benefits
o Some meals provided, depending on shifts
o Long Service and Contribution Recognition Awards
o Pension (after 3 months)
o Employee Assistance Programme, with counselling services
o Significant Retail and Leisure Discount Scheme that could save staff an average of £1,000 pa
o Discounted Gym Membership
o Financial Well-being Scheme (loans and savings)
o Voluntary sleep-ins
o Opportunities to pick up additional voluntary casual shifts at enhanced rates
o Superb paid training
o Regulated Care Qualification Sponsorship
o Refer a Friend Recruitment Bounty (currently £500)
o We also have plans to introduce both a Cycle to Work Scheme and a Car Lease Scheme
About the Trust:
Supporting over 120 people in Medway and across Kent, The Kent Autistic Trust provides a wide range of services designed to meet diverse needs of the people we support with autism, learning disabilities and related difficulties. We provide residential homes, supported living accommodation, day resource services, respite, and outreach services. Ensuring the voice of those we support is actively listened to, working for us often means that no two days are the same, but the care and support we give is of consistently high quality, with CQC rating all our services good, and many outstanding.
Our Values and Commitment:
KAT is committed to providing high quality supports designed around individual abilities, needs and choices. KAT is committed to promoting independence and inclusion within communities. KAT believes everyone is able to make their own individual contribution. KAT seeks to work in partnership with all relevant parties but in particular with the individual themselves.
We seek Support Workers who really value every person, whether it\'s the people we support, their families, carers, or other staff by respecting their priorities, needs, abilities and limits.
We hope you are one of them!
We do not accept applications made via agencies for Support Workers.
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