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Middlesbrough Direct Payment Employer Support Service

Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 19th June 2018

Would you like the opportunity to work for and assist a disabled person on a one to one basis to have choice and control in their life and live independently within their own home and in the community?

Do you enjoy the company of people, are able to work flexibly, reliable, have good communication skills and willing to learn how to meet the individual needs of the person you are assisting?

If the answer is YES to both of these questions then you may be interested to find out more about the various posts available to work in the Middlesbrough area employed by a disabled person or carer using a Direct Payment.

Duties may include assisting with personal care, accessing community facilities, shopping and domestic tasks. Having access to transport is desirable but not essential. Previous experience is not essential.

A version of this information in Word format is available by clicking this link: Middlesbrough Direct Payments Vacancies(Word). For a PDF version please click this link: Middlesbrough Direct Payment Vacancies(PDF).

The following vacancies are advertised directly by the disabled person who receives support from the Middlesbrough Direct Payment Employer Support Service. It is important to note that it is not Darlington Association on Disability that is the employer.

Support Worker Ref: 013

A Support Worker is required for a young lady in the Stainton area of Middlesbrough. The role will involve helping to get her bathed morning and evening and depending on shift to put to bed on an evening. The role will also involve assisting to clean her teeth, applying eye drops and lotions, changing her sanitary dressings, feeding medication and food through a tube with guidance from her parent. You will also be required to provide support with ensuring that the young lady’s bedroom is clean and tidy and kept hygienically clean at all times. There is also an element of social care involved in this position to help your employer to gain more independence in the community. You will be required to assist with going shopping, bowling, swimming and going to theatres and shows and other activities that will keep her entertained.
As this role involves personal care, a female support worker is required as permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act, 2010 and as it also involves a social element, a car driver is essential and your employer does have her own vehicle if she is needed to be taken out.

Hours of work from:

Mon - Fri: 8.00am - 9.00am & 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Sat & Sun:

Saturday: 12.00pm - 3.00pm.

Sunday: 12.00pm - 6.00pm.

Holidays and days off can be shared

One support worker will be required to work alongside her long time workers, hours and shifts can be flexible.

4 hours a week over a probationary period - to build up to 10 hours per week - Probationary period of 12 weeks.

Rate of pay:- £7.83 per hour if over 25 years of age.

Successful applicants will be employed directly by the disabled person who receives support from the Support Service to do this. It is important to understand that it is not DAD’s support service that is the employer.

All successful applicants will undergo references and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 013 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 82

Personal assistant wanted for young lady with physical disabilities and epilepsy living in Hemlington

Duties: A 30-year-old University Graduate requires a personal assistant to join her existing team. She has Muscular Dystrophy and epilepsy so has limited mobility.
The job entails assisting with all aspects of personal care e.g. toileting, transfers using a hoist, personal hygiene (including bathing) and dressing.

As this lady lives independently, all aspects of housekeeping duties and food preparation are required to be carried out. Her hobbies include going to the cinema, socializing, crafts/card making and photography.

Hours: All shifts are 12 hours: 7am - 7pm and 7pm - 7am Monday to Sunday operated on a Rota basis to provide 24-hour cover. We have full staff cover 24/7 and operate as a team. Hours would be approx. 24 + per week + holiday cover. Flexibility is required.
We operate a rolling Rota with an “On Call” paid standby to cover staff sickness.

Rate
: Rate of pay is £8.00 per hour. Employment would be subject to satisfactory references and clean CRB check. Annual leave is 5.6 weeks per year pro rata with pay.

Must: Accompaniment and assistance out in the community (volunteer work, photography, shopping, leisure etc.), so driving a wheelchair accessible van is essential. Qualifications and experience are desirable but not essential. Applicants MUST hold a full valid UK driving license (employer has her own transport).

Personal qualities should include:

Reliability
Trustworthiness
An understanding of high quality of care
Caring nature, friendly and supportive
Good communication skills
Excellent timekeeping
Team worker
High quality of hygiene

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 82 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Female Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 83

Description: A female Personal Assistant as permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 is required for 10 hours per week for a young female living with her family in Marton, Middlesbrough.

Duties: Once per month, the service user attends Butterwick Hospice to attend activities. Transport shall be arranged for this day for both the PA and the service user. This shall be further discussed at interview.

Support is required from 3.30pm for the PA to read to the service user once she returns from school. From 4.15 until around 4.30pm, the service user is taken upstairs to have her toileting and showering requirements tended too and support is also required to ensure that the service user’s hair is washed once a week.

From around 4.50pm for an hour, the service user shall require support whilst alone with duties such as sensory stimulation, reading, light massages and pampering such as applying face-masks etc and to maintain her well-being and comfort at all times.
From around 5.50pm the employer shall move the service user back into her chair and support will be required from you with this.

Please note, there shall be no lifting and handling as a hoist is used and your employer shall ensure you know how this is to be safely operated. As the service user is peg-fed, please note that experience of this would be beneficial along-with knowledge of using hoists and general understanding of medication administration would also be useful.

Hours: 10 hours per week (4 nights per week) The hours shall be for 4 nights per week, starting from 3.30pm until around 6pm and Thursday from 3.45pm until 6.45pm - apart from Thursday evenings, the other nights can be flexible depending on the needs of the service user and your employer.

Rate: £7.83 per hour if over 25. If under this age, the hourly rate shall be altered according to the National Living Wage / National Minimum Wage.

Must: The current PA will be leaving at the end of August, 2018, so the appointed PA would need to start prior to this in order to shadow the current PA, however, this is subject to the return of the DBS check. Due to the duties required involving personal care, a female only PA is required.

Please note that flexibility is required in this role and you must be an honest and reliable individual with good time-keeping skills. This position shall be subject to an enhanced DBS check, the cost of which shall be met by your employer.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 83 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 84

Description: A PA is required for a gentleman living in the Marton area of Middlesbrough with a progressive illness.

Duties: The PA will be required to provide support and company for the gentleman while his wife has respite though-out the year. The preparation of light meals, snacks and drinks will be required. No personal care is required as the gentleman has an agency working with him to provide this service.

Hours: To cover 5.6 weeks of holiday cover throughout the year and to provide the current PA with sickness cover, as-and-when required; the package is 21 hours per week. Days of work to be confirmed.

Rate: £7.83 per hour

Must: All successful applicants will undergo references and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 84 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 2145

Description: A young male adult living in the Park End area of Middlesbrough who has complex health and support needs requires a male PA for support both in the home and when out - and - about in the community. The service user is doubly-incontinent and will require pads being changed regularly and to ensure that his personal hygiene is managed at all times. A car driver is essential and you shall be expected to use the SU’s vehicle. Flexibility is crucial in this role.

The SU is blind and a wheelchair user. The young man cannot verbalise and communicates through touch and sound and also has seizures, is peg-fed and requires nasal suctions. Physically, the SU is more tactile but this is one of the ways in which he can communicate. As a result of brittle bones in his lower limbs and his in-ability to speak, he can break or fracture these bones easily and is unable to feel the pain associated with this.

Duties: The SU enjoys visiting the park, ice-skating, listening to music and all aspects of sensory support.

Duties required - this list is not exhaustive.

• Administration of medication and nasal suctions
• Support with using the toilet and maintaining personal hygiene, applying creams, lotions etc
• Changing clothes and support with shaving and hair cuts
• Using the hoist and lifting and handling to ensure that the wheelchair is put into the car and that the young man is safely transferred when in the community or within his home
• Peg-feeding

Hours: 13.5 to begin increasing to 37 hours per week. The hours are to start at around 3.30pm, Monday to Friday and, when increasing to 37 hours, one overnight per week will be required, usually over the weekend.  Extra support will also be needed during the holidays.

Rate: £7.83 per hour.

Must: Experience is essential for the above duties and knowledge of health and safety is also required and the successful PA must also demonstrate a keen sense of common sense as the young man has complex needs that will differ from day-to-day. All the necessary support and shadowing shall be shown to you by your employer and it is essential that you are honest, reliable, flexible and a good time-keeper. An enhanced DBS check shall need to be completed before the role can begin. Please note that the household has one friendly dog.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 2145 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Important information for applicants:

Applicants must be: Able to work flexibly, good communicator, able to respect dignity and willing to learn from the employer.

All applicants will have to provide references and undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

If you would like to apply for any of the above vacancies please download a copy of the Direct Payments Application Form. Please quote the job reference on the application form and return to us at DAD Employer Support, 001 Cleveland Business Centre, Oak Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RQ. Or alternatively you can contact us on 01642 049920 or email employersupport@darlingtondisability.org quoting the job reference number and we will send a copy of the application form to you. You must complete a separate application form for every vacancy you apply for.

A Direct Payment is made from the local authority to individuals to have control and choice over their own support. Many people who use a Direct Payment choose to employ a personal assistant or a support worker.

Successful applicants will be employed directly by the disabled person who receives support from the Support Service to do this. It is important to understand that it is not Darlington Association on Disability that is the employer.

All posts include the statutory requirement of 5.6 weeks paid holiday and other usual employment rights.

It may be helpful to understand that there is a difference between that of a Care Assistant and a Personal Assistant. Although differing posts have varying requirements the general role of a personal assistant is the same. A personal assistant's role is to help your employer to live the way they choose. This means that a personal assistant should listen to their employer to understand and respond positively to any reasonable request for assistance. It enables disabled people to lead an individual, independent life equal to that of non-disabled people.

What happens next:

1. After completing your application form and returning it to Employer Support, your application will be sent to employers which you have requested and if indicated other employers which are appropriate.

2. If short-listed you will be asked for an interview, which will give the employer the opportunity to decide whether they wish to employ you. This is also the applicant's opportunity to find out information to decide whether you feel the position is appropriate for you.