Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

Location: Craigmillar (SOT)

Contract Type: Permanent - Part Time

Closing Date: 05 July 2021

Salary: Starting salary £9.30 per hour (£18,860.40 per annum (pro-rata))

Specific Hours: 39 Per Week

Personal Assistant (Support Worker)

 Job Details

Job Title

Personal Assistant

Line Manager

Lead Practitioner

 

 

Salary

£18,860.40 FTE

Department

Supported Living

Directorate

Director of H&W

Location

Thistle Foundation, 13 Queens Walk, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA

Hours

Full-time & part-time

FTE

39 hours

 

 

Please note that a driving licence is essential for this position.

A young man who is supported on a 2:1 basis 24/7 by a team of 10 Personal Assistants has a vacancy.

  • The young man lives in his own home and has a regular schedule of weekday activities that he requires support to attend. He has autism and a learning disability. He requires support with personal care but with the ongoing encouragement of his team he is learning to do more of this himself.
  • He is very active, loves listening to music, shopping, doing puzzles, going to the cinema, visiting the museum and other tourist attractions.
  • He loves being in his car and going places. He is very energetic, engaging but does require a consistent approach from the team, and support and structure to allow him to develop and benefit from a wide range of positive life experiences.
  • He uses PECS (symbols) to communicate and his team have developed an activities folder which has helped him to express more of his wishes, needs and choices on his own.
  • He helps his team with the housework and cooking.
  • His parents are close to him and visit regularly.

Previous experience is not necessary. Your personal values and your life experiences that you can bring to the role are more important. Thistle has a reputation of providing outstanding training and support that is ongoing throughout your career with us.

  • Do you have enthusiasm for supporting people expand their horizons and try new things?
  • Will you understand him and get to know his routine?
  • Are you responsible, respectful and able to use your initiative and work well with a team?
  • Are you motivated and able to remain calm and handle situations that this young man might find stressful?

Shifts are from 8am – 8pm; or 8am – 10pm, followed by a sleepover to 8am. There are also waking night shifts that are 8pm – 8am and an on call rota. The team plan and agree the rota in advance.

Following successful completion of self-organising team training and becoming a Wellbeing Practitioner.  

If you would like an informal chat about this vacancy please contact Alicia.escudero@thistle.org.uk, Judith.forman@thistle.org.uk or jacqueline.deans@thistle.org.uk

 

Job Description

Job Purpose

To assist those we support to lead full, active and socially connected lives and support people to reach their personal outcomes.

Our teams take responsibility for making their own decisions about how they organise their work and how they decide on how they’re going to get their work done. This role therefore requires good interpersonal skills and an ability to set and meet targets, ability to ask for and receive accurate feedback and ensure that cover is managed by the team at all times (e.g. holidays, sickness, training).

 

Main Responsibilities

1

Develop an understanding of person centred working and work from its value base at all times.

2

Contribute to ongoing use of ‘My Life, My support plan’ by keeping details updated and relevant. Contribute to the yearly review of ‘My Life, My Support Plan’.

3

Work flexibly and responsively to support the individual to meet their personal outcomes.

4

Provide person centred personal support and assistance for the person according to their ‘My Life My Support Plan’

5

Work in partnership with individuals supporting them to be full citizens in their community.

6

Contribute to setting individual (personal) and team targets in relation to a person’s outcomes. Meet these targets 

7

Support the person to develop and sustain positive relationships with all those people (family/friends/professionals) that are important to them.

8

Contribute to efficient team working by taking a pro-active part in team meetings and discussions, including chairing and minute taking and taking on tasks as agreed (e.g. working out the team rota, Carista, family connector, on-call, setting and reviewing priorities, identifying and improving systems and processes, working on feedback from families and those we support.)

9

Take a pro-active part in the team by supporting colleagues, communicating well and helping to deal with issues as they arise.

10

Accountable to the person you support and those who advocate on their behalf

11

Be creative in involving the supported person in all decision-making related to them.

12

Work to Thistle’s Values into Action

 

Thistle Approach: competencies to support wellbeing

The post holder is required to work to Thistle’s core competencies in ways which are relevant to their role.

Core Competencies

Description

Understanding self

We develop a good understanding of ourselves and the impact we have on other people.  Being genuine, respectful and listening with empathy to other people’s perspectives lies at the heart of all our interactions. We believe this practice is nurtured by the ability to continually reflect on ourselves and the impact we have on others.

Building person centred relationships

We develop supportive, collaborative and enabling relationships. We also believe that people are the experts in their lives and that they are doing their best and that by working alongside people we are more likely to succeed. We reflect on the extent to which we create trust in all our relationships and how well we work within teams.

Making a difference using person centred approaches

We believe that using person centred approaches can be critical to whether people make the changes they want in their lives or not. We do this by focusing on what matters to each person and what they want specifically to achieve including taking life enhancing risks. We always encourage feedback in order to learn and improve on what we do.

Focusing on strengths, resilience and contribution

We believe that people have strengths, skills, knowledge and resilience and the ability to contribute to their own and others’ lives. We need to be flexible and innovative to enable people to share these attributes and make the most of all contributions in order to find creative solutions. We celebrate the successes this brings and build our resilience by learning from setbacks.

Promoting wellbeing, citizenship and community

We believe that everyone is a citizen with rights, responsibilities and a contribution to make to their community. This is only meaningfully possible when you have genuine wellbeing and are fully included in your community. This belief drives the work we do at Thistle so we know we must try to influence the unequal and discriminatory aspects of our society in order to change how things currently are. This requires us to share the ‘Thistle Approach’ more widely and in turn, learn from the world around us. To do this well we must continually reflect on what this means for us as individuals and as an organisation.

 

Key Contacts and Relationships

  • Person we support
  • Team members
  • Service Manager
  • Service Leaders
  • Team Facilitators
  • Other Thistle Staff and departments
  • External bodies/agencies including health services, social work
  • Family members of individual/s
  • Advocates

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Ideally have Higher Education Certificate in Person Centred Approaches or SVQ level 2 in Care or equivalent or be committed to working towards this to ensure registration to SSSC standard
  • Driving licence desirable
  • IT literate
  • Experience of supporting people with disabilities
  • Experience and understanding of working in a person centred way
  • Able to work autonomously
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain clear & accurate records
  • Flexibility to respond to a changing environment including evening and weekend working as required
  • Ability to reflect on practice

 

Dimensions

  • The post holder’s work normally takes place at the Supported Persons home offices
  • This is a permanent position

 

Job context and other related information

  • The post holder is expected to commit to continually developing a personal understanding of the vision, mission and manifesto and strategic aspirations of the Thistle Foundation.
Apply now