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Middlesbrough Direct Payment Employer Support Service

Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 21st April 2018

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.

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).

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

Personal Assistant Ref: 075

A young man with Autism, living in the Linthorpe area of Middlesbrough requires a female Personal Assistant in accordance with Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 for 4 hours a week to assist with trips into the community and to provide the family with respite. Constant supervision will be required at all times when providing the support.

The service user particularly enjoys meals at Fellini’s restaurant in Middlesbrough, visiting Costa Coffee in Next at Teesside Retail Park, and swimming at Redcar baths. The young man will also require support within the home and companionship whilst he plays DVD’s, watches TV and plays on his IPad; his home surroundings are also very important to him and he can sometimes find it difficult when out-and-about with crowds. Although the service user presents no challenging behaviour, he may need support and motivation in getting out-and-about.

The employer is looking for a female only due to the Service User occasionally needing prompting with toileting needs and the suitable candidate must be a car driver with valid business insurance.

The employer is looking for an easy-going individual who is trustworthy and reliable; this is a very important requirement as routine is very important to the Service User and if he knows that you are coming to support him, he can be left disappointed if this does not happen.

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.

Rate of pay: £7.50 / £11.25 Bank Holidays

Days of work: To be confirmed

Hours: 4 hours per week

For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 075

Support Worker Ref: 076

A Support Worker is required for a child aged 11 years in the Middlesbrough area.

The role will involve giving support for social outings, and support will also be required to attend swimming lessons (Will not need to go into the pool). A driver with experience of autism is essential as the child likes to get out and about in the community.

The child does have some speech difficulties, but generally does not display any challenging behaviour. Therefore a person with patience, understanding and a reliable positive attitude to this role will be very desirable. A flexible approach to the working pattern will also be essential, to fit within the family’s lifestyle.

To work with this child an enhanced DBS will be required.

The ability to provide flexible support is essential.

Rate of pay: Minimum wage dependent on age

• 25 and over £7.83
• 21years to 24 years £7.38
• 18 years to 20 years £5.90
• Under 18 year’s £4.20

Days of work:- To be confirmed
Hours: 5 hours a week over a probationary period of 12 weeks – Hours may increase with need of package

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.
For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 076

Personal Assistant Ref: 077

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

Hours: 10 hours per week (4 nights per week)

Wage: £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.

This position shall be subject to an enhanced DBS check, the cost of which shall be met by your employer.
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.
For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 074

Support Worker Ref: 078

A Female Support worker is required in accordance with Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 for a lady living in the Middlesbrough area. The support worker will be required to assist the lady with personal care and general household duties.

Some of the duties required will be;
Assistance with personal care: i.e. bathing, dressing.
Assistance with general household duties i.e. hoovering, dusting, ironing etc.
Assistance with light gardening work.
Assistance with light food preparation, sandwiches making drinks etc
Some experience of supported care is preferable but not essential.

The applicant should be friendly, supportive proactive and communicate well. You should be able to provide high quality care. You should be hard working, reliable, honest, and patient and should possess the motivation to develop trust and understanding within the role. A car owner/driver is essential.

Rate of pay : £7.83 per hour

Days of work: To be confirmed

Hours: 14 hours per week

All applicants will have to provide references and undergo an enhanced Disclosure.
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.
For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 078

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.