Care Staff, Day Services

Ref: SC031

Applications are invited for the above full-time permanent position.

The Organisation:

Stewarts Care is a long-established voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities.

We support people across a wide range of services within residential settings, day services, supported independent living, job advocacy and vocational training.

Purpose of the Post:

Care Staff in our Day Services Department provide support to adults with intellectual disabilities and physical or sensory support needs. Our aim is to provide opportunities for growth and personal development. Our Day Services team strive to ensure that all who avail of our services live a life full of choice, freedom and support that reflects their own dreams and aspirations.

We provide opportunities for individuals to develop skills that will empower them to reach their full potential. The service focuses on promoting personal skills, community inclusion, educational progression, and recreational and community-based activities.

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Obtained or near completion of a full Major FETAC Level 5 (or equivalent) award in a relevant Healthcare Qualification.

  • A keen interest to work in the area of Intellectual Disabilities.

  • A commitment and drive to support people to achieve their goals.

  • Highly motivated to work as part of a team who strive to deliver an excellent service.

  • An understanding of the role of Care Staff within the Day Services Department

  • Understands and implements a person-centred approach always.

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Care Assistant €31,880-€45,034 incl LSI per annum.

Campaign Ref: SC031

Please include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.

Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.

A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.

Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Job Description: Care Staff, Day Services

Role

Care Staff, Day Services

Duration of Post

Permanent Full Time (39 hours per week)

Location

West & South Dublin, Kildare and Meath.

Reporting Relationship

Director of Care, Day Services

Job Purpose

The role and responsibility of Care Staff includes the following: to train, provide support and encourage service users to participate fully in their work, activation, training and education programmes.

Scope of the Role

The Care Staff is a member of the Day Services Department and will deliver care in conjunction with the wider multidisciplinary team and other relevant agencies.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

General Duties

  • Assist Team Members in the delivery of appropriate services to those attending Day Services, having due regard for their safety and the safety of others, both on and off the premises, including outdoor activities.

  • Support service users in conjunction with Person Centred Planning (PCP) to set personal goals develop and carry out a plan to achieve these goals.

  • Listen to their wishes and support them to advocate for themselves; while encouraging them to take responsibility for decisions in their day to day lives.

  • Support the service user to carry out a swimming programme, which will include entering the pool.

  • Act as a key worker for the service user. (A member of staff appointed to assist and support individuals to achieve their goals. The keyworker is the central point of contact for the individual and for families)

  • Personal assistance for service users in the areas of personal needs including Intimate care.

  • Work as part of a team in contributing to the design and further development of the Day Services Programme in line with New Directions.

  • Have responsibility for running various aspects of the day programme and recording activities on the electronic information management system.

  • Responsibility of the development of individualised programme of activity for a service user/s

  • Use a flexible approach to help meet service user’s individual needs.

  • Attend and participate creatively in team meetings.

  • Maintaining record systems in accordance to Adult Services policies.

  • Maintain a code of confidentiality and discretion in all dealings with service users, families and staff.

  • Driving duties as required

  • Escort duties to transport service users to and from home each morning and evening as required.

  • Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time.

Education & Training

  • Partake in career and personal development planning.

  • Maintain own professional development and competence. 

  • Actively participate in induction, supervision, mentoring, appraisal, reflection and be open to reflective practice.

  • Attend mandatory training programmes as directed by Stewarts Care.

Quality and Risk, Health and Safety Management

  • Participate in any quality improvement projects and change initiatives which may be introduced.

  • Follow and adhere to all risk related guidelines as stipulated by Risk Management.

  • Ensure the highest level of confidentiality pertaining to all organisational stakeholders.

  • Maintain appropriate service user record details and statistics in accordance with organisational and departmental guidelines, along with the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of relevant organisational policies, legislation and professional policies, guidelines and requirements to ensure safe practice and high standards of service delivery.

  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others.

  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role.

  • Follow and adhere to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse National Policy and the Organisations Safeguarding procedures.

Administration

  • Responsibility for daily administration duties.

  • Positive representation of the Day Services department through effective communication and engagement with other disciplines.

  • Compliance with Stewarts Care HR policies with respect to all types of leave, to ensure the Day Services department needs are met.

  • Compliance with Health and Safety regulations within the workplace at all times.

  • Compliance with all relevant statutory local and organisational regulations and policies at all times.

  • Maintain appropriate service user records and comply with department policies regarding clinical documentation practices.

  • Contribute to implementing and achieving KPIs as agreed by the Line Manager.

Competencies, Skills and Knowledge

Candidates must demonstrate sufficient competency and professional knowledge to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.

Education and Skills

  • Minimum QQI Level 5 (Healthcare Support) or SKILL-VEC Level 5.

  • One years’ experience working in the area of disability is preferable.

  • Excellent Communication Skills.

  • Knowledge of New Directions Guidelines and Interim Standards.

  • Flexibility to work in all areas of Day Services.

    Genuine respect and empathy for diversity and individuality.

  • Flexible, responsible and mature approach to work.

  • Creativity (e.g. in using community resources, problem solving, dealing with service user needs).

  • Professional, accountable, good planning and time management skills.

Organisational & Role Specific Knowledge

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the services provided by the organisation.

  • Knowledge of the organisational structure and functions.

  • Awareness of the organisation’s Strategic Plan 2016-2019. 

  • Knowledge of HIQA, the Health Act 2007- 2013, Progressing Disability Services for children and young people, New Directions & Mental Health in Intellectual disability.

Communication

  • Effective communication skills both verbal and written.

  • Understanding the importance of the MDT in the provision of care and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with all stakeholders.

  • Ability to engage and negotiate with relevant stakeholders in the best interests of service users.

  • Proficient in Microsoft suite and strong ICT skills relevant to the role.

  • Ability to work on own initiative.

Leadership

  • Ability to prioritise and organise tasks within a dynamic and changing environment.

  • Resilience, positive attitude and openness to change.

  • Displays high personal standards, gives and receives feedback.

Planning and Organising

  • Effectively deal with a wide range of information sources, investigating all relevant issues.

  • Draws accurate conclusions and makes balanced and fair recommendations backed up with evidence.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties. You may be required to perform any other such duties as may be assigned by your manager or person nominated by them. As the duties and responsibilities of any post in Stewarts Care are likely to change with on-going needs of services users.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Care Staff, Day Services – Stewarts Care

Remuneration

  • Current Salary Scale: €30,755- €43,909 LSI (Care Assistant Intellectual Disability Salary Scale), Your salary is paid monthly (16th unless when 16th falls on Saturday or Sunday you are paid on the Friday prior to the 16th) by direct credit transfer into any Bank or Building Society of your choice where the paypath system operates. 

Salaries and increments are paid in accordance with DOH salary scales

Annual leave

  • 22 Days per annum

Working week

  • The hours allocated to this post are 39 hours exclusive of lunch breaks.

  • The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Director of Care and in accordance with the needs of the service. Normal working hours are Monday to Friday during the daytime. There may however be times outside of these hours when the Care Staff is required.

Probation

  • All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required to 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.

Garda Vetting

  • Stewarts Care will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to the service users and employees.

References

  • Stewarts Care will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts Care reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.