Social Care Worker

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:

The role of the Social Care Worker is to ensure a high-quality standard of care and support to all Service Users in Stewarts Care. Support the Person in Charge to ensure high quality care in accordance with HIQA standards as required to support strong governance of Designated Centre(s). Initial assignments will be based in West Dublin or North Kildare.

Work patterns include Monday to Friday (5 days over 7 days) or Monday to Sunday (7 days over 14 days).

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Level 7 Degree in Social Care or be currently studying towards same

  • Ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to the values of Stewarts Care to improve the lives of our service.

  • Ability to work on own initiative.

  • Experience of working with people with complex needs in a variety of different situations.

  • Excellent organisational and communication skills

  • High initiative and integrity

  • Must have knowledge of all relevant legislation and HIQA standards and a proven ability to implement same.

  • Excellent IT skills and report writing skills.

  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in supporting the rights and needs of people with an intellectual disability.

  • Ability to make clear and concise reports regarding service users, either verbally or in writing.

  • High level of flexibility, a willingness, and an ability to develop new approaches to their work as service users’ needs change.

  • A full clean driving licence is an advantage.

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Social Care Worker: €36,945 - €52,720 LSI per annum.

Campaign Ref: SC049

Closing date: 14th March 2024

All queries in relation to this post should be emailed to recruitment@stewartscare.ie

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

Social Care Worker Residents Services

Role

Social Care Worker Residents Services

Duration of Post

Permanent Full Time (39 hours per week)

Monday – Friday

Or

Monday – Sunday (7 over 14 days)

Location

West Dublin & North Kildare

Reporting Relationship

Director of Care, Residents Services

Job Purpose

The overall role and responsibility of the Social Care Worker is to enhance the lives of the Residents. To this aim the Social Care Worker must work effectively with all staff directly involved with the residents of Stewarts Care.

Scope of the Role

The role of the Social Care Worker is to support the Person In Charge to ensure high quality care in accordance with HIQA standards as required to support strong governance of Designated Centre(s).

Key Duties and Responsibilities

General Duties

  • Establish and maintain relationships with service users based on equality and respect.

  • Ensure that service users receive the highest quality standards of education, training, development and care in accordance with the organisations policies.

  • Ensure compliance with organisational policies, procedures, national policies and legislation, HIQA standards and any other applicable standards/policies/legislation.

  • Reporting to the Person in Charge on a regular basis on the effective operation in their work location.

  • Support the Person in Charge to ensure high quality care in accordance with HIQA standards as required to support strong governance of Designated Centre(s)

  • Act in such a manner as to ensure a safe and effective work and living environment.

  • Ensure that the basic health care needs of the service user are being constantly met.

  • Supervise or support any service user to carry out an activity as required.

  • Encourage active participation of service user’s family and friends in social activities both inside and outside of the house.

  • Maintain full and effective communication with families and anyone else involved in supporting and caring for the service user.

  • Develop contacts within the local community based on the interests of the service users that you support, encouraging community integration.

  • Be a proactive advocate on behalf of the service users that you support.

  • It is the duty of all staff to report all concerns about the safety and welfare of all service users as per section 3.2 of Trust in Care.

  • To develop and maintain effective communication with all colleagues regarding service user care.

  • Ensure all written records and reports are completed and up to date as appropriate.

  • Ensure all internal audits are completed in a timely manner along with any outstanding actions from RPA’s and HIQA action plans.

  • Have a strong person-centred vision in the development of vocational and recreational supports in the community.

  • Implement operational plans as determined by Care Management.

  • Effectively and appropriately report and record any complaints and incidents.

  • Participate in the overall care of service users as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Facilitate the development of service user’s life skills, education and personal goals through their keyworker role.

  • Undertake and ensure that each individual’s personal care plan is specific to their individual needs and is complied with at all times.

  • To ensure that all efforts are made to cater for the physical and emotional needs of the service user to ensure the highest quality of care.

  • Assist in the provision of a high standard of hygiene and organisation within the house.

  • To assist in the implementation of nursing treatment as directed.

  • Administering medication in line with organisational policy.

  • Support the person in charge with rota management and clock cards.

  • Driving company vehicles.

  • Participate in activities as detailed in the service users personal support plan. 

  • Observe strictly the Code of Confidentiality.

  • Comply with relevant statutory provisions and take reasonable care for their own safety, health and welfare and that of any other person who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.

  • Attend training as required.

  • Report to the Person in Charge without delay and defects in equipment, place of work or systems that may danger the safety of any individual.

  • Report all accidents and incidents immediately and complete all necessary reports and forms as required.

  • Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Person in Charge.

  • Undertake any duties as required in the provision of care and support of service users.

Education and Skills

  • Level 7 Degree in Social Care. (In Progress)

  • Ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to the values of Stewarts Care to improve the lives of our service.

  • Ability to work on own initiative.

  • Experience of working with people with complex need in a variety of different situations

  • Excellent organisational and communication skills

  • High initiative and integrity

  • Must have knowledge of all relevant legislation and HIQA standards and a proven ability to implement same.

  • Excellent IT skills and report writing skills.

  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in supporting the rights and needs of people with an intellectual disability.

  • Ability to make clear and concise reports regarding service users, either verbally or in writing.

  • High level of flexibility, a willingness and an ability to develop new approaches to their work as service users’ needs change.

  • A full clean driving licence is an advantage.

This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Social Care Worker, Resident Services - Stewarts

Remuneration

  • Current Salary Scale: €36,945 - €52,720 LSI per annum. (Social Care Worker 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

  • Incremental credit will be applied based on recognised relevant service.

Annual leave

  • 33 Calendar Days and 5 Single days when working 7 days in a 14-day shift pattern.

  • 23 days when working a 5 in 7 days shift pattern (Monday to Friday).

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

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 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 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 reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.

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 are likely to change with on-going needs of services users, staff are expected to have high level of flexibility and a willingness to develop new approaches to their work.