Title Care Assistant
Salary £7.65 per hour
Location Harrogate
Job Information

To share with other staff in meeting the personal care and support needs of residents in a way that respects the dignity of the individual, promotes their independence and enables them to learn and maintain skills.

The care and support provided by Care Assistants is expected to include support that would reasonably be given by members of the customer’s family and is not to include tasks that would normally be undertaken by a trained nurse.

Principal responsibilities

  • To ensure that all actions comply with the CQC requirements of the 5 key lines of enquiry
  • To facilitate independence and engagement in activities of daily living
  • To act in ways which respect individual rights and maintain the dignity of people with learning disabilities
  • To act as key worker for named individuals, helping them to maintain and develop their lifeskills in ways which support residents to fulfil their potential
  • To keep residents safe from harm
  • To encourage the independence of residents wherever possible.
  • To adhere to all policies and procedures at all times.

Duties of the post

  • To maintain accurate and up to date records including care plans, health improvement plans and star outcome charts of individuals for whom you are the key worker
  • To assist residents, who need help getting up and going to bed in the morning and evenings, including dressing and undressing, washing, bathing and going to the toilet.
  • To help residents with their mobility and with any physical disabilities, including incontinence and use of personal aids and equipment.
  • To help in the promotion of mental and physical activities of residents through talking, outings, reading, writing, hobbies and recreations.
  • To read and write reports and be involved in residents reviews and training activities.
  • To accompany clients in appointments, meetings, daily activities
  • To make and change beds, assist residents with cleaning their rooms, ensuring that bathroom areas are sanitary and general tidying.
  • To inspect, launder and mend residents’ clothes.
  • To set tables and trays, prepare and serve light meals, clearing away and washing up.
  • To report either to the Supervisor or Senior staff on duty any significant changes in the health or circumstances of a customer.
  • To care for residents who are temporarily sicl< and need personal care and help with meals etc.
  • To provide care and support for residents who become terminally ill at the stage before nursing care is required.

Personal attributes

  • It is considered essential that key workers and care assistants possess the following qualities:
  • Self motivated & well organised.
  • Flexible.
  • Caring & sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Ability to use own initiative.
  • Ability to communicate effectively,
  • Patient and empathetic with people who have a learning disability

Key skills required

  • Computer literate and able to maintain client records using electronic means.
  • Very good communication and listening skills
  • Good spoken and written English language skills

Desirable skills

  • able to drive a car and holding a full clean drivers’ licence

Qualifications

  • Minimum level 2 Cache
Health and Safety

To maintain positive attitude to Health and Safety in carrying out personal responsibilities, and to co-operate with the Health and Safety Policy, local rules and codes of practice related to Health and Safety.

Equal Opportunities

Post holders must at all times carry out their job responsibilities with due regard to HS4LC’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Essential skills. abilities and qualifications: Safeguarding Alerter Level 1

Minimum Level 2 Cache or willing to achieve within 1year

General requirements

The post holder must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to the Care Act 2014 and to HSLC policies to ensure HSLC vision, values and strategic objectives are reflected in the work of the service.

It is your responsibility to cany out your duties in line with HSLC policy on Equality and Diversity and be sensitive and caring to the needs of others, promoting a positive approach to a harmonious working environment.

You must promote and safeguard the welfare of the vulnerable people that you are responsible for or come into contact with.

To carry out duties and responsibilities required under the Data Protection Act 1998; in particular to take all reasonable care that no unauthorised disclosure of personal data occurs. To understand and comply with the legal requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

To adhere to and fully implement the principles and responsibilities of the Equality and Diversity Policy, in all aspects and duties of the role.

Other Duties:

  • To maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participating in appropriate training activities
  • Carry out any other duties which may be required by the Service Co-ordinator and Centre Manager in accordance with the needs of the service and which are commensurate with the general level of the post.

Contacts:

In all contacts the post-holder will be required to present a good image of HSLC as well as maintaining constructive relationships

Regular Internal contacts: Service co-ordinator, Supervisor, Centre Manager. Accreditation

Co­ ordinator, Keyworkers, Care Assistants,

Occasional: Volunteers, students on placement, Office staff, the CEO, The Operational Manager External: Health and Social Care Managers, Allied Health professionals, Family Carers and relatives, Learning Disabilities Support Service personnel, Tutors, Daycare staff,  members of  the public

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