Specialist Support Worker
HOURLY Rate of Pay: £9.50 p.h. for staff with 2 years relevant experience
SHIFT: 2 week rolling rota, including weekend working with split shifts and long days.
SPLIT SHIFT - 7.30am to 10am then 4pm to 10pm
LONG DAYS - 7.30am to 10pm
WK 1 - Monday, Friday and Saturday
WK 2 - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Staff in CQC Registered and Supported Living services are required to undertake sleep-in shifts and receive an allowance, topped up to NLW where appropriate.
LOCATION: Beaver Lane, Ashford
CLOSING DATE: 21st December 2021
About the Specialist Support Worker Role:
We are seeking a Specialist Support Worker with 2 years experience of supporting autistic adults. This is a full time and permanent position working for a very well-established autistic care provider. Very interesting and varied role with a scope for progression.
KAT provide practical and emotional support to ensure the adults we care for enjoy active lives in the community. We support individuals on a 1:1 basis with complex needs, including physical and learning disabilities.
We are an outstanding care employer and very proud of the specialist PBS training, coaching and ongoing support that our practice development team provide to our staff.
Meet the Team:
Our Beaver Lane site offers superb residential accommodation currently for 6 adults with Autism, the service has 3 self contained flats, and the other people share communal space (Male and Female). Our tenants participate in a wide range of activities and enjoy visiting local places of interest, spending time in the garden, Going for long walks, having BBQs and spending time with the services chickens, listening to all types of music, being creative and generally having fun.
The specialist staff team in situ are looking forward to welcoming a new colleague and have suggested we let you know that they are all a little animal crazy, and they enjoy team building activities such as visiting a Lock in/Panic Room experience together, they are all friendly and eager to welcome you to the team!
If you are a positive, forward-thinking, and compassionate Specialist Support Worker (don\'t worry if you\'re not animal crazy as you soon will be) then we would love to hear from you.
o Care Certificate (can accept transferable evidenced certificate)
o Company Induction
o KAT Foundation Training Award
o Specialist Pathway Training
o Health and Safety and Compliance Training
o On the job observation and assessments
Tasks / Responsibilities of a Specialist Support Worker (may include but not limited to):
o Drive a mobility car or service vehicle. Manual Licence required (ESSENTIAL)
o Working with individuals who can display challenging behaviours hurting self or others, running away, throwing things, swearing, shouting and damaging property.
o Support individuals within the community in activities such as bike rides, long walks and shopping.
o Administering medication
o Assisting individuals with personal care and hygiene
o Be confident and experienced in lone working.
o Staff in CQC Registered and Supported Living services are required to undertake sleep-in shifts and receive an allowance, topped up to NLW
o Household management tasks including cooking, cleaning etc.
o Uphold their privacy, confidentially and dignity.
o Handle money to shop, going to the bank etc.
o Working with and supporting individuals with additional needs, such as epilepsy, pica, learning disabilities.
o To form good working relationships with other members of staff across different services.
o Ensuring written records are correctly maintained.
Qualities of a Specialist Support Worker:
o An ability to think on your feet and problem solve.
o Understanding everyone\'s abilities and support needs.
o Promoting independence and choice
o Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
o Form good working relationships with other members of staff.
o A commitment to continuous personal development and learning.
Benefits We Offer you as a Specialist Support Worker:
We offer many benefits, which include some salary sacrifice arrangements, although some benefits are dependent on a minimum earnings threshold:
o Paid DBS Check
o 28 days holiday, plus option to buy 5 extra days pa (Pro Rata for Part Time Positions)
o Company Sick Pay after 12 months service
o Death in Service Benefits
o Some meals provided, depending on shifts
o Long Service and Contribution Recognition Awards
o Pension (after 3 months)
o Employee Assistance Programme, with counselling services
o Significant Retail and Leisure Discount Scheme that could save staff an average of £1,000 pa
o Discounted Gym Membership
o Financial Well-being Scheme (loans and savings)
o Additional Sleep In Shifts may be available
o Opportunities to pick up additional voluntary casual shifts at enhanced rates
o Superb paid training
o Regulated Care Qualification Sponsorship
o Refer a Friend Recruitment Bounty (currently £500)
About the Trust:
Supporting over 100 people in Medway and across Kent, The Kent Autistic Trust provides a wide range of services designed to meet diverse needs of the people we support with autism, learning disabilities and related difficulties. We provide residential homes, supported living accommodation, day resource services, respite, and outreach services. Ensuring the voice of those we support is actively listened to, working for us often means that no two days are the same, but the care and support we give is of consistently high quality, with CQC rating all our services good, and many outstanding.
Our Values and Commitment:
KAT is committed to providing high quality supports designed around individual abilities, needs and choices. KAT is committed to promoting independence and inclusion within communities. KAT believes everyone is able to make their own individual contribution. KAT seeks to work in partnership with all relevant parties but in particular with the individual themselves.
We seek Support Workers who really value every person, whether it\'s the people we support, their families, carers, or other staff by respecting their priorities, needs, abilities and limits.
We hope you are one of them!
We do not accept applications made via agencies for Support Workers.
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