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Care Assistant - Full Time - South Eastern Trust Areas

Crossroads Care NI is a voluntary organisation whose sole purpose is to provide as much respite care as possible to carers of whatever age and disability.

Crossroads have been providing a service to Carers in Northern Ireland since 1979. We provide services through our domiciliary, Young Carers and In Your Prime projects.

Our mission is to provide quality, highly trained dependable staff to our customers, whenever they need us.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB

To provide assistance and relieve stress on: -

  • The provision of care to any service user formally referred to Crossroads by Social Services and subsequent implementation of Personal Care Plan.

  • The carer of a person with a disability living in their own home in order to prevent a breakdown in care.

  • In circumstances where a person with a disability may live alone.

 This will involve the provision of personal, social and domestic care similar to that given by the primary carer or as stipulated within a personal care plan in conjunction with advice from the Scheme Manager/ Director(s) of Operations respecting confidentiality at all times.

 Hourly Rate:

Monday to Friday - £11 per hour

Saturday & Sunday £11.40 per hour

plus, mileage allowance of 25p per mile, up to £1 per hour

Essential Criteria:

  • Right to live and work in the UK

  • Full valid driving licence, access to a car and willing to obtain business use.

  • Residing in the area advertised

Desired Criteria:

  • Previous caring experience

 Location:

We are currently recruiting in the South Eastern Trust Areas.

Important Information
Location: South Eastern Trust Areas, The Queens Hall, 18 West Street, Newtownards, Northern Ireland, County Down, BT23 4EN
Date Posted: 2nd February 2024
Closing Date: 14th February 2024
Industry: Healthcare
Job Type: Full time
Salary: From £11.00 Hourly to £11.40 Hourly

About the role

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Attend at the homes of families/individuals and perform duties as specified by the Scheme Manager/Director(s) of Operations and stipulated in a personal care plan.

  •  Listen to the directions and requests of both the person with a disability and carer and whenever possible only apply these where they are consistent with the care plan.

  •  Ensure compliance with provisions of personal care plan and whenever possible apply these where consistent with care plan.

  •  Comply with Registration Requirements of N.I.S.C.C.

  •  Comply with requirements of Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority                                                                                                                                    

  • Advise Scheme Management of any changes to your personal circumstances which impinge upon your duties as a care attendant.

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CARE TASKS

  • Bathing in bed/bathroom/chair to include essential aspects of personal hygiene.

  • Assist in the management of continence of bladder and bowel.

  • Assist with dressing and undressing.

  • Assist with mobility and transfers, using correctly, any specialised equipment provided.  Clients must not be moved / lifted without use of specialised equipment.

  • Assist with feeding as stipulated in care plan.

  • Administer only the medication as prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner under the direction of the Director(s) of Operations /Scheme Manager(s).  Check for any changes that have been made in dosage and ensure recording of medication is made in the appropriate care plan document, and always comply with organisation’s medical policy

  • Assist with therapeutic programmes designed, under medical direction, to help an individual’s progress, as advised by the relevant professional and under the direction of the Scheme Manager/ Director(s) of Operations.

  • Assist with the provision of a safe environment for those who need constant supervision and help.  This must be in accordance with current health and safety legislation.

  • Assist with the provision of emotional support to the family as part of a caring team.

  • Supervise the person with a disability outside the home as advised by Scheme Manager, with written permission from the disabled person, responsible carer or as is stipulated in the care plan.

  • To effectively communicate with service users, work colleagues and managers.

DOMESTIC TASKS

Some light domestic duties may be carried out as follows:

  • Making and changing the service user’s bed.

  • Essential laundering for the service user only.

  • Essential shopping for the service user only (receipts should be obtained for all purchases).

  • Preparing meals for the service user and washing up thereafter. 

ADMINISTRATION AND TRAINING

  •  Notify the Scheme Manager(s)/ Director(s) of Operations immediately of any change in availability to work.  Please note this must be in accordance with your contractual obligation and is subject to mutual agreement between you and Scheme Management.  

  • Observe and report back promptly to the Scheme Manager(s) / Director(s) of Operations any alteration in the family circumstances affecting service provision.

  • Liaise regularly with the Scheme Manager(s)/ Director(s) of Operations and colleagues.

  • Provide flexible cover for colleagues in the event of holiday/sickness, or absence for personal reasons whilst working as part of a local team of Care Attendants.

  • Attend regular team meetings as convened by the Scheme Manager(s)/ Director(s) of Operations.  This is a contractual obligation.

  • Complete accurately, correctly and submit to the Scheme Manager(s)/ Director(s) of Operations signed weekly time sheets and expense claims. 

  • Assist with completion of incident / accident forms accurately and submit promptly to the Scheme Manager(s)/ Director(s) of Operations.

  • Place typed up Care Plans in client’s homes.

  • Participate in an induction programme and attend ongoing in-service training determined by individual need; or organisational requirements or statutory obligations.

Relevant information about the families who receive Crossroads care will be given, to or subsequently obtained by the care attendant.  It is vital that this information is kept confidential and unauthorised disclosure of personal client information is considered to be gross misconduct; which may result in disciplinary action.

 You should note that the various duties; responsibilities and associated activities as stipulated in this job description constitute part of a care attendant’s terms and conditions of employment.  Consequently, none of these terms and conditions of employment may be altered in whole or in part without prior authorisation from the designated manager.

This Job Description and the tasks identified are not exhaustive and will be subject to review in light of the changing circumstances.  It is not intended to be rigid and inflexible but should be regarded as providing guidelines within which the individual works.  Other duties of a similar nature and appropriate to the grade may be assigned; this may involve working in a different scheme. 

Personnel Specification

  • Integrity and good character - being honest and trustworthy

  • Excellent reliability/attendance

  • Highly self motivated

  • Works to high standards

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Ability to deal with clients and their families/Next of Kin in a professional and helpful way

What you will need

Required criteria

  • Right to work and live in the UK
  • Full driving licence, valid insurance (business use), use of a car
  • Residing in the area advertised
  • Must obtain NISCC registration within the first three months of employment
  • Must undergo an Enhanced Access NI Disclosure with barred lists
  • Must have access and the ability to use a computer, printer, internet and e-mails

Desired criteria

  • Previous caring experience

Professional skills you’ll need for this job opportunity

Ability to Identify and Anticipate needs

Ability to Identify and Anticipate needs

Listening to patients

Listening to patients

Providing Care

Providing Care

Administering Therapy

Administering Therapy

Crossroads Care NI

Crossroads is a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting, serving and strengthening carers and those with care needs. We have been helping people across Northern Ireland since 1979.
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Crossroads is a registered charity and not for profit organisation that depends upon a major part of our domiciliary work being obtained through contracts with the Health and Social Services Trusts. In order to meet the needs of the additional project financially, Crossroads receives support from local companies and grant making bodies who are an invaluable resource for funding special projects and meeting some of the needs of carers in Northern Ireland. Many of these companies and grant making bodies are committed to supporting Crossroads’ work year after year. Some of the special projects we have obtained funding for from these sources are ; Terminal illness, Life limited children, Alzheimer’s/ Dementia, In your Prime project and Young Carers Project.

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Crossroads Care NI is a voluntary organisation whose sole purpose is to provide as much respite care as possible to carers of whatever age and disability. Crossroads have been providing a service to Carers in Northern Ireland since 1979. We provide services through our domiciliary, Young Carers and In Your Prime projects. Our mission is to provide quality, highly trained dependable staff to our customers, whenever they need us. We  exist solely to provide financial support to Crossroads Care NI Charity. All profits from this company will be donated and used to support the vital work the charity does.

Our benefits

Find a new career today through our recruitment service. We provide free training to all new carers, so don’t worry if you lack experience. Why not take a look through the current roles we have available in Crossroads and see if there’s something to suit you?

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Care Assistant - Full Time - South Eastern Trust Areas

Crossroads is a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting, serving and strengthening carers and those with care needs. We have been helping people across Northern Ireland since 1979.