Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Leith

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 15 November 2021

Salary: Starting salary £10 per hour (£20,280 per annum (FTE)) rising to £10.50 per hour (£21,294.00 (FTE)) plus generous benefits package, including a £500 welcome payment

Specific Hours: 25 Hours Per Week

Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Job Purpose

Our Personal Assistants support people to lead full, active and socially connected lives, supporting people to achieve the things that matter to them.

Applicants should have, or be willing to work towards, a qualification meeting the standards required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Job Details

We have a 25 hour contract available for male or female personal assistants to join the team of PAs who support J. This position is based in Leith, Edinburgh.

About this opportunity

J says:- 

”We are looking for Personal Assistants, who are up for a laugh, confident and quick learners.

You will be required to provide 1:1 support to a 30-year-old man living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, who uses a powered wheelchair and has 24-hour ventilation. He also requires assistance with all aspects of personal care, dressing, feeding and also basic cooking.

Currently, he is studying BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing through the Open University and is learning Scottish Gaelic. He also has a wide range of interests. He regularly attends gigs and the theatre in Edinburgh and Glasgow throughout the year, especially during Edinburgh’s festivals. He enjoys a wide range of music which includes rock, blues and folk and his favourite bands include First Aid Kit, Fleetwood Mac and Janis Joplin. He enjoys discussing and watching films and TV boxsets, in particular the horror genre.

Furthermore, he enjoys seeking out new experiences, learning new things, seeing new places, and going on holiday. Therefore, a driving license is preferable to enable him to do this. 

Cover is provided from 7am to 10pm and the 25 hours will be made up of 2 or 3 shifts per week on a rota basis which is decided by and agreed upon with the team.

Essential requirements for this post:-

  • Flexible availability – mornings, afternoons, evenings (including weekends)
  • Occasional sleepovers.
  • Basic cooking skills

Desirable requirements for this post:-

  • Experience of providing personal care (showering, toileting, dressing)
  • Experience of moving and assisting and use of a hoist
  • Non smoker
  • Comfortable with technology
  • A confident driver with a valid driving licence

If you would like an informal chat about this vacancy please contact

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What we offer

We are committed to supporting you to develop your skills as a practitioner and creating career development opportunities. At Thistle, you will have access to sector-leading training courses and be supported to achieve your SVQ level 3 in Health & Social Care accreditation.

Employee Benefits

  • Starting salary at £10 per hour (£20,280.00 FTE) and rising to £10.50 per hour (£22,510.80 FTE)
  • Fantastic training (on full pay)
    This includes enhanced learning in person-centred practice, leadership skills, IT and other bespoke training courses.
  • SSSC registration paid for by Thistle
  • Support to achieve SVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care
  • Support from regular meetings with your team, Lead Practitioner or Coach
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Non-contributory death in service benefit scheme
  • 30 days of annual leave, increasing by 1 day/year up to 35 days
  • Free Thistle Gym membership
  • Membership of the HSF Health Plan
  • Refer a Friend scheme, paying £250 for successfully referring someone to work with us
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