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Personal Assistant Ref: DPSS174

Caister on sea


Part Time

Direct Payment Support Service

Closing Date: 17/01/20

Job Purpose: You will be working with K, a fun-loving lady with a good sense of humour, who lives at home with her parents and 3 tortoises. K enjoys cooking, getting out and about (particularly going clothes shopping and going to Sainsburys), arts and crafts, having her nails done and spending time in the garden during the summer. She loves to be kept busy! K has cerebral palsy and profound learning disabilities. She is a wheelchair user and requires support with all aspects of her care and support. Your role will be to provide companionship, personal care and support during the night as required, in order to allow her parents some time away and give K some time to herself to do the things she enjoys!

Location: Caister-on-Sea

• K will require your support with her personal care including toileting, changing incontinence pads, strip washing and changing clothes. You will need to support K with all transfers and full guidance will be provided in how to operate her moving and handling equipment.
• Preparing food and drinks for K and supporting her to eat and drink.
• Prompting K as to whether she needs a drink or to use the toilet, as K finds it difficult to let people know this until she feels very comfortable with them.
• Assisting with planning activities which may be of interest to K.
• Supporting K to get out and about and access activities of interest to her. You will drive her wheelchair adapted vehicle and will need to push K in her manual wheelchair.
• K can become anxious at night, so although you can expect to sleep during the night, you may be disturbed several times and you will need to respond to K before she becomes too distressed. You may need to change K’s sheet for her in the night.
• You will need to be patient with K, as it can take her a while to build a rapport with new people.
• While on a night shift, it would be appreciated if you would feed the tortoises.

NB – please note that in this instance, K’s parents will be the employers.


Person specification

Listed below are the skills, competencies and qualities that are essential and desirable for the post. My assessment of these, both on application and at interview, will be the main factor in determining if you are successful. Please refer to these when submitting your application.

• Female due to the personal care aspects of the role.
• Driving licence and aged over 21 years in order to drive K’s wheelchair adapted vehicle.
• Bags of patience.
• Willingness to learn or have experience of moving and handling.
• Good sense of humour.
• Common sense approach with an ability to work on your own initiative.
• Trustworthy.
• Flexible with hours and days of work.

Summary terms and conditions

• The rate of pay for this position is £8.46 per hour from 8am-10pm and £8.21 per hour from 10pm-8am.

• You will be reimbursed for any agreed expenses incurred as part of the role.

• Hours and times of work: 9am-4pm on a Monday and alternate Saturday, plus 21 nights per year from 4pm-9am, to be arranged in advance. Some flexibility with hours and days of work would be appreciated. A job share will be considered if you can’t commit to all the hours.

• The annual holiday entitlement for this position will be equivalent to the work I would normally expect to be done during 5.6 consecutive weeks.

The post is subject to the following:

• A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, the cost of which will be covered by the employer.

• Satisfactory references from two referees, one of which must be your current or last employer.

• Completion of a satisfactory probationary period of 6 months.