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Middlesbrough Direct Payment Employer Support Service

Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies

Updated 18th April 2019

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.

Female Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 2329

Description: To assist my son and I in the care of my wife who is immobile and doubly incontinent. For these reasons, a female PA is required. Must have an understanding of dementia care.

Duties: General duties to be carried out within the home but could be required outside if necessary
- Getting my wife out bed
- Washing- bed bath
- Dressing
- Transfers using hoist. Bed to shower chair/riser to wheelchair
- Dealing with incontinence management
- Feeding when on duty
- Meal preparation when required
- Act as escort to appointments

Hours: Monday to Friday 20 hours. Specific hours to be discussed on appointment however arrival by 08.45 is required

Rate: Hourly rate: £8.21 / £12.32 bank holidays, if applicable

Basic Rules: No smoking in house. Telephone calls in and out allowed if not interfering with duties. Respect for privacy of household

The position is subject to a DBS check, the cost of which shall be met by the employer.

Permitted under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act, 2010.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 2329 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 1943

Description: A PA is required to cover holiday and sickness cover for a young male adult living in the Thorntree area of Middlesbrough with his family. A male only (please add Schedule 9 part 1 of the EA 2010) personal assistant is required due to his challenging behaviour when in the community.

Duties: Support is required to ensure that the service user continues to enjoy time out-and-about. Trips to the park, to play football and to larger parks like Flamingo Land will be required so an essential car driver with the necessary business insurance is required; please note, mileage shall be reimbursed by your employer.

When in the community the SU can behave in-appropriately so support is required at all times and the PA shall need to be exceptionally alert to the fact that he shall need constant supervision. Should the SU require the use of toilets, the PA should ensure that he uses the accessible toilet in order to avoid any inappropriate touching, behaviour etc. The SU has no concept of danger, especially road sense and has often run-out into the road unless supervised.

The SU shall need support in taking medication to ensure that the correct dose is taken at the correct time and may also need prompting in use of the toilet.  It is essential that the PA is firm and sets boundaries with the young man when out-and-about as failure to do so could affect the young mans’ behaviour.

Hours: 20 per week - holiday and sickness cover only.

Rate Per Hour: £8.21 / £11.75 enhanced rate on bank holidays, if applicable

Must: This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check. Essential car driver with the necessary business insurance is required; please note, mileage shall be reimbursed 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 1943 or apply by filling in the online application form, save it and email it to employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

Personal (Care) Assistant Ref: 2475

Description: An active PA is required for a 12 year old young man living in the Beechwood area of Middlesbrough with his family to provide support for activities out-and-about.

Duties: The PA will be required to support the service user to go for long walks to places like Roseberry Topping, Eston hills, biking and other sports and outdoor pursuits as he enjoys being very active. The service user dislikes being in crowded and loud places so the PA shall need to ensure that these are avoided. The SU needs constant supervision when he is out as he has no concept of danger.

The PA shall need to be active, enthusiastic, flexible and understanding; experience of autism and mental health is essential and qualifications in care would be desired. An essential car driver with the necessary business insurance is required and costs during the course of your employment shall be met by your employer.

Hours: 3 per week either Saturday or Sunday

Rate: £8.21 per hour going to £11.75 if working bank holiday

Must: An essential car driver with the necessary business insurance is required. Experience of autism and mental health is essential. This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

How to apply: We do not accept CV's. For further information please contact DAD Employer Support Service on 01642 049920 and quote 2475 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.