Support Worker

Vacancy Reference Number: SW0048
Post: Support Worker               Location: Middlesbrough                     Hours: Part Time and Full Time
Salary: £8.25 per hour         Closing Date: 26th January 2018

The Role is:
To work with individuals within their own flat who have recently left hospital, moved back to the area or just further developing their independence.  You will work with the individuals to help develop skills, increase independence and to develop support to build upon already existing interest bases.   The individuals we support enjoy lots of various activities and your role will be to help to develop them and explore further opportunities.  If successful you will be working in a core team for one individual living within Middlesbrough.  There may be times you will support others however; your core support will be to the identified individual.
There are times when there will be challenges within the role, a calm and patient approach is needed for these such occasions.  Proactive measures are in place and following support plans identified and protocols for behaviour management in time of distress will be needed.  Effective working in these times of high pressure and stress are imperative.  As well as a full activity timetable, you will be supporting individuals to complete his their normal daily living tasks.  Administering and monitoring medication including side effects and effectively seeking advice if required.  You will be recording daily notes and be part of planning, implementing and evaluating support plans.  Effective MDT working will be required.

You will need to be:
You will need a good understanding of various diagnosis such as personality disorder, autism, learning disability and other associated conditions.  You will be very proactive and want to help individuals get out and about to do the things they enjoy.  You need to be resilient, calm, respectful and a good listener.
You will need to be strong and firm in your approach and maintain consistency in your work.  You will be an effective communicator, this could be with the individuals themselves or external professionals as well as the rest of your team.  You will need to adapt and positively respond to mood changes, experience in dealing with situations of occurrence of behaviours which challenge is required.  A good understanding of Positive Behaviour Support would be beneficial as well as experience of monitoring and reviewing data related to behaviour.
You will possess numeracy and literacy at level 2 and have a willingness to work towards an NVQ 2 or 3 in Health and Social Care.  You will have a natural aptitude to leadership and supervision.  The support is required covering a 24-hour period and shifts will be worked to ensure the individuals needs are fully met and allow for effective support but may cover long days, short days, early shifts or late shifts and sleepovers..  A current driving licence would be an advantage however, is not a requirement.

Why PIPS?
PIPS are a new 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: 26th January 2018   Shortlisting: 27th January 2018             Interviews:  TBC
We welcome informal enquiries, please contact Anthony Birmingham (Deputy Team Manager) anthony.birmingham@pips.support on 0330 355 7477 for an informal chat.

Please return the Monitoring Information Sheet with your completed Application Form to admin@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)