Support Worker

Vacancy Reference Number: SW0080
Post:  Support Worker   Location: Stockton      Hours:  Full Time (37.5 hours) or Part Time (24 hours)
Salary: £9.30 per hour             Closing Date: 30th September 2020

You will need to be:

  • Be person centred, caring, compassionate, understanding, demonstrate competence, be courageous and speak up if you have any concerns, have personal strength and vision to innovate and embrace new ways of working, demonstrate commitment.
  • Have a genuine desire and participate in supporting the individual with their interests and hobbies. These may include shopping, cooking, baking, keeping their house clean and tidy, walking and everyday hobbies and interests.
  • Be active and receptive to his sensory needs.
  • Continue to explore and introduce new community based activities, provide support to maintain relationships and work directly with family and other agencies.
  • Assist the individual to plan their future, acknowledging their likes and dislikes, enabling them to reach their full potential and make decisions to fulfil their hopes and dreams.
  • Support the individual to complete their normal daily living tasks including personal care.
  • Administering and monitoring medication including side effects and effectively seeking advice if required.
  • Record daily notes and be part of planning, implementing and evaluating support plans.
  • Effectively work with of Multi-Disciplinary Team as required.
  • Remain calm and patient at times when situations may be challenging. You will adhere to and follow detailed positive behaviour support plans, monitoring and reviewing data related to behaviour.

You will possess numeracy and literacy skills and have a willingness to work towards and NVQ level 2 or 3 in Health and Social Care. You will be fully conversant in and work fulfilling the PIPS values and ethos. A current driving licence would be an advantage however, is not a requirement.

PIPS are looking to find support workers to support one of our individuals who lives in his own tenancy supported by staff 2-1 24/7. The gentleman we support has complex needs and presents with behaviours which challenge others. Experience in managing challenging situations is desirable due to the individual’s complexities. You must work in a Positive Behaviour Support Approach as understanding the individual’s complex needs is essential to helping him live a good quality of life.
The Role is:
To support the individual in their own tenancy, within a self-contained flat by using a person-centred approach, following a timetable of therapeutic tailored activities over a 24-hour period. The gentleman has Autism and follows specific routines that he enjoys. We are looking for someone who is able to support our gentleman with his everyday living, personal care, communication due to being non-verbal and also promoting independence and teaching life skills.
You will need to work effectively as part of a core team to support the individual to manage and maintain their wellbeing during difficult and challenging situations. You must be able to show resilience, patience, be motivating and be confident to manage situations that occur safely and effectively.
He enjoys singing with his staff, dancing, going to a local supermarket, sensory input, listening to music on his iPad, listening to smooth radio, watching specific DVD’s he enjoys and arts & crafts.  He responds well to staff who have a calm and confident approach with a friendly nature. Shift patterns cover a 24-hour period, e.g. long days, shorts days, early, late shifts, nights and sleepovers.

Why PIPS?
PIPS are a  company created by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. The aim being to bring the best of health and social care together. We provide quality person centred support that enables people with complex needs / behaviour that challenges / mental health / autism to live in the community.  We have a commitment to supporting people in tenancies and bespoke environments and to remain in their own homes.  We know how to support staff to really make a difference in people’s lives and we have a focus on developing leadership and a commitment to providing extensive training.  You can be part of this new company and this great new opportunity from the start.

Advert Closes: 30th September 2020      Shortlisting: TBC
Interviews: TBC
We welcome informal enquiries, please contact Bethany Pounder (Deputy Team Manager)  bethany.pounder@pips.support on 0330 355 7477 for an informal chat.

Please return the Monitoring Information Sheet with your completed Application Form to recruitment@pips.support
Application Form (MS Word 253KB)
Support Worker Job Description and Person Specification (PDF – 332 KB)
Application Process Supporting Information (PDF- 307KB)
Monitoring Information Sheet (MS Word – 132KB)