Specialist Support Worker .
Elijah’s Hope is a Community Interest Company (CIC) aimed at bringing together families affected by the rare disease, Apert Syndrome. Approximately one in 65,000 babies is born with Apert Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder characterised by the premature fusion of certain skull bones. This early fusion prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face. In addition, people with Apert Syndrome tend to experience syndactyly, where a number of fingers and toes are fused together.
Position: Specialist Support Worker
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 12.5 hours shifts days, waking nights, weekends and bank holidays
Salary: £19,500.00 to £21,937.50 per year
About the role:
Would you enjoy caring for a 12-year-old young man with a cheeky sense of humour and a smile that lights up the room? There is an opportunity to join an enthusiastic and skilled team providing the highest standards of care to ensure our young man remains healthy and happy.
Having suffered a severe brain injury, aged 2, he needs assistance with all activities of daily living. He always has two support workers with him, many of whom were inexperienced in delivering clinical nursing care prior to joining the team.
Our gentleman likes to go to school, loves swimming and hot-tubs, going to the cinema, audio books and cookery programmes on TV. He enjoys being outside particularly amongst nature.
There is a wealth of excellent experience, training and support within the team and the package manager provides regular team training from appropriate outside agencies. You will receive personalised support as a worker through supervision, team development activities and extensive high-quality training.
- Easy going, upbeat and enthusiastic and love being with children
- Have lots of energy and willingness to learn
- Enjoy working as part of a dynamic and lively team
- Have high standards of personal hygiene
- A desire to develop clinical nursing skills, knowledge and understanding to care for this young boy
- Be calm and collected
- Have a sense of humour and fun
- Be able to respond to situations without panicking
- Be patient and conscientious with attention to detail and desire to maintain high standards
- Be able to work 12.5 hr shifts days, waking nights, weekends and bank holidays
- Drive a mobility vehicle
This is a unique opportunity to work in a family-led support package:
- The posts primary location is within the family home and as such candidates need to be aware of and respectful of boundaries. Being respectful of mum’s views and opinions is paramount. You will report directly to the young boy's mother who is also manager of his package of supports.
- Ideally you will be available for a full-time position although a part-time position may also be considered for the right individual.
- The position is based within the family home and in the wider community. There will be occasions whereby it is necessary to travel to alternative locations such as hospital appointments, day trips or holidays.
- NVQ 2 qualification is desirable, but consideration will also be given to applicants without previous experience of care. Full specialist care training is provided.
You may have experience of the following: Specialist Support Worker, Support Worker, Care Worker, Healthcare Assistant, Healthcare Worker, Care Assistant, Charity, NFP, Third Sector, etc.