General/summary of main duties by ErmuLzb


									                              Together Borders
Role:                   Support Worker, Supported Living

Accountable to:         Support Manager

Reports to:             Service Manager

General/summary of main duties

To assist individuals with learning disabilities to manage their home and experience the lifestyle of
their choice, through offering practical assistance where needed and guidance, encouragement and
support to develop and maintain skills and interests.

To offer support at all times in accordance with the principles of:
     Respect for the person’s dignity and rights
     Autonomy of the person in determining their lifestyle and aspirations
     Inclusion of the person in their community
     Independence through opportunities for the person to develop and maintain skills
     Recognition of, and sensitive responses to the particular needs associated with the person’s
     Engagement of the person in deciding and reviewing support arrangements

1. Enabling and Support

       To assist the person in accordance with their Individual Support Plan
       To offer such practical assistance as may be needed by the person, while always
        encouraging independence, in areas such as shopping, budgeting, preparing meals and
        snacks, cleaning and laundry
       To help the person to maintain their tenancy through providing guidance and practical
        assistance where needed in areas such as paying bills, dealing with correspondence, getting
        along with neighbours and negotiating with the housing provider
       To assist the person with their personal care needs where relevant, including dressing and
        undressing, having a bath or shower, using the toilet and needs associated with the person’s
        mobility, respecting the person’s dignity and privacy at all times
       To assist the person in areas relevant to their health, including ordering, collecting and taking
        prescribed medication, making and attending appointments and understanding and following
        health advice
       To support the person to develop and maintain a network of friendships and relationships,
        including helping the person to develop and maintain a network of friendships and confidence
        and identifying and building opportunities for contact
       To support the person’s access to social, recreational and employment opportunities
       To respect and support the person in expressing and following their cultural and religious
       At all times to communicate with the person and offer support in ways which:
                  - Encourage self-determination;
                  - Demonstrate respect for the person as an individual;
                  - Value the person’s home
                  - Help build and maintain a positive reputation for the person
       To recognise needs associated with the person’s disability and provide appropriate support
        and assistance
       To work in accordance with guidelines and development while recognising the person’s
        potential vulnerability
       To support the person in raising any concern or complaint, ensuring that this is dealt with
        promptly, thoroughly and sensitively

2. Communication and Teamwork

       To work with the person and their circle of support, colleagues in the support team, line
        management, the person’s care manager and others to ensure effective communication is
        maintained at all times in respect of the person’s needs, progress and aspirations
       To maintain an effective daily exchange of information with colleagues, both verbally and in
        written support notes
      To contribute to the person’s Individual Support Plan
      To act as Key Person, where requested to do so, ensuring the person’s needs and wishes are
       communicated, understood and acted upon within the support team
      To bring any urgent matter or concern to the attention of line management promptly, using the
       on-call arrangement where necessary
      To work flexibly in response to the person’s needs and wishes, at times determined by the
       person’s Individual Support Plan and ongoing discussion with them
      To attend and contribute to meetings

      To support colleagues and contribute to the effectiveness of the team, for example by sharing
       experience and skills, valuing each person’s contribution and supporting open
       communication. (Support may include assisting in the induction of staff joining the team)
      To maintain confidentiality at all times, in accordance with Together Borders policy

3. Financial arrangements

      To ensure procedures are applied fully in respect of any support required by the person
       concerning their finances, including written records and authorisation

4. Care and maintenance of Premises, Equipment and Vehicles

      To support the person in caring for the internal maintenance of their home, through assisting
       with or helping to arrange decorating and minor repairs, for example, and making plans to
       replace equipment as necessary
      To assist the person where necessary in raising matters requiring the attention of the housing
      Where requested to do so, to assist the person in arranging transport to meet their needs,
       which may include purchase or lease, maintenance and use of their own vehicle

5. Health & Safety

      To maintain good standards of health, safety and hygiene in accordance with the Health &
       Safety at Work Act (1974), including COSHH. This will include the requirement to support
       and enable the person to undertake Health & Safety monitoring within their own home

6. Quality Assurance

      To act at all times in accordance with the policies and procedures of Together Borders and
       The Brothers of Charity Services (Scotland)
      To contribute to quality assurance monitoring of the support service provided to each person
       and respond to outcomes as required

7. Personal development and training

      To recognise the need to be accountable for one’s practice and to seek and use positively all
       opportunities (both formal and informal) for feedback, including the views of the person
       receiving support as far as possible
      To participate actively in supervision, reflecting on and developing personal practice
      To identify, in discussion with the line manager, opportunities to acquire or extend knowledge,
       skills and experience relevant to individuals receiving support
      To undertake training as agreed through supervision and annual progress review, and as
       required to meet national and organisational standards.

8. Miscellaneous

      To perform such other reasonable duties as may be assigned by the Support Manager,
       Service Manager or requested by the person receiving support.

                            Working in Partnership for Positive Lives

                       Together Borders is the Supported Living Division of:
                           The Brothers of Charity Services (Scotland)

       A company limited by guarantee Reg in Scotland No. SC318036 Charity No. SC037943
                                       SALARY & BENEFITS

Role:                   Support Worker

Division:               Together Borders

Hours:                  150 hours per 4 week period (37.5 per week) Full Time

Basic salary scale:     £7.03 per hour (£7.56 per hour with flexibility payment)

Sleep-in allowance:     £29.27 per sleep-in occasion

Flexibility Payment:    7.5% irregular hours allowance in recognition of staff’s availability to work
                        varying shift patterns to support a 24 hours, 7 day service, within contracted
Payment:                An additional 3% of basic rate paid when the SVQII qualification (or
                        equivalent) is achieved.
                        An additional 7.5% of basic rate paid when the SVQIII qualification (or
                        equivalent) is achieved. (relevant qualifications relate to the requirements of
                        the Care Commission and Scottish Social Services Council)

Annual Leave:           210 hours per annum if employed 150 hours per 4 week period
                        232.5 hours per annum if employed 150 hours per 4 week period, after 5
                        years service
                        247.5 hours per annum if employed 150 hours per 4 week period, after 10
                        years service

                        Part time employees will receive a pro-rata of the above entitlements.

Pension scheme:         Employees are entitled to join the Service's pension scheme, with the Service
                        contributing 7.5% of the salary and the employee contributing a minimum of

Life Cover:             2 times annual salary when a member of the pension scheme.

Occupational Health: Access to an Occupational Health service, providing facilities such as lifestyle

Sick Pay scheme:        When an employee is absent from work owing to illness, occupational sick
                        pay will be received as follows:

During the first 6 months of service:            Nil (Statutory Sick Pay only)
Between 6 months and 12 months service:          2 weeks full pay and 2 weeks half pay
During the second year of service:               4 weeks full pay and 4 weeks half pay
During the third year of service :               6 weeks full pay and 6 weeks half pay
During fourth year of service:                   8 weeks full pay and 8 weeks half pay
During fifth year of service:                    10 weeks full pay and 10 weeks half pay
After 5 years service:                           12 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay

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