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Health and Social Care Support Worker

Job details
Posting date: 23 August 2019
Salary: £8.21 to £9.21 per hour
Additional salary information: Mileage and expenses are reimbursed
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 22 September 2019
Location: Blackburn, Lancashire
Company: Purple Patch Partners Ltd
Job type: Contract
Job reference: PP01/0819

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Purple Patch Support Worker Job Description and roles and responsibilities: -

Put simply, a support worker is someone who supports a person in their daily life. The role of support worker is so varied – every person has unique needs, so this makes the job unique too.

You’ll support disabled people with all aspects of their day to day living, including participating in social and physical activities at our very own Centre for Learning And Social Skills (CLASS). You may also be expected to offer personal care where needed, assist people with their mobility and help out at meal times.

At times our support workers might have to provide additional help such as advice about housing, teaching life skills such as cooking or budgeting, and providing emotional support or befriending.

You will work with lots of different people including adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, invisible disabilities or mental health challenges.

As a support worker you would be expected to:
• Preserve independence & dignity as much as possible.
• Manage personal care with both dignity and respect
• Report any changes/issues concerning the service-user to the management team
• Observation of mental alertness and general physical condition
• Reading and abiding by the care plan as set out by the assessor in the service-users' assessment
• Supporting and understanding each individual service-users' needs
• To report back any areas of risk, not previously identified, to the coordinator or manager
• Maintain confidentiality and committing not to divulge information to third parties unless consent to share information has been given in writing and agreed with the Support Manager
• To work in accordance with your job description/contract of employment and any policies and guidelines of Purple Patch Services
• To promote equal opportunities and respect diversity, different cultures and values
• To work in accordance with the Health & Safety Act 1974
• To contribute to the overall development of the service and promote a positive image of our service-users' and Purple Patch Services.
• To participate in training courses/seminars held both internally and externally
• To prepare, attend and engage in regular supervisions, appraisals and performance review accepting and providing constructive feedback.

Duties are varied and personalised to the service-users' needs, including:
• To demonstrate the Inclusive principles and values as outlined in the Social Model approach
• To support people to make informed choices and increase their independence
• To support people to exercise their cultural and spiritual beliefs and practices
• To enable people to form and maintain relationships of their choices
• To support people to maintain their home/living environment
• To enable the people we support to take positive risks in their lives
• To actively participate in helping individuals draw up their Support Plan and, following the agreed plan, provide input when required, reviewing and refreshing the plan to ensure the needs of the person are met
• Providing help with all aspects of personal care
• Facilitating socialisation and social activities e.g. visiting family/friends, walks, cinema/theatre, meals out, going for a drive (where required), reading etc.
• Facilitating and supporting all centre-based activities and sessions using a person centred approach
• Monitoring progress and recording notes on daily record sheets relating to each service-user
• Liaise with families, friends, advocates, external agencies and the management team to provide a consistent approach that meets the individual needs of each service-user
• To empathise and actively listen in a sensitive manner accessing appropriate additional support where necessary
• To support service-users' to access appropriate health care provision enabling them to make an informed choice regarding any prescribed treatment, seeking advice where necessary
• To create opportunities for service-users' to develop establish and maintain personal relationships and social networks, which encourage greater participation and integration in their chosen communities
• To carry out duties as the duty Manager reasonably stipulates

Essential Skills, Experience & Attitude:
• Experience of working with adults who have learning/multiple disabilities
• An understanding of inclusive practices and person-centred approach
• Able to undertake safe manual handling duties
• Ability to effectively communicate and liaise with colleagues, outside agencies and other professionals
• Ability to work autonomously and productively as part of a team
• Knowledge of food hygiene/manual handling/health & safety standards and practices
• Desirable to have a current and clean driving licence
• Desirable to hold an NVQ 2 in Health & Social Care or equivalent

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