• Senior Care Assistant

Job description, duties, experience & other details about this type of role.

Responsible to: Deputy Home Manager, overall responsible to Home Manager
Responsible for: Care Assistants


Overall Aim of the Job:
To make the use of care services a positive, timely & rewarding choice.

By:

  • Delivering & leading high quality care as part of the care team using a person centred approach
  • Ensuring the individual needs of service users are met, providing opportunities for individuals to use their skills and enhance their quality of life, whilst maintaining their independence and privacy
  • To actively assist, maintain & promote the Coverage Care values:
    Support and listen to you
    Use and open, honest culture
    Put you at the heart of our service
    Ensure you feel safe
    Respect your life choices
    Be kind and compassionate
  • Working on a rolling shift pattern, including alternate weekends, applying a flexible attitude to working hours especially in regards to covering absence & holidays, including bank holidays, evenings & weekends.

  • Displaying a caring, sensitive & approachable nature
  • Displaying compassion, patience & empathy in all tasks
    Whilst being organised & reliable in approach to work

What Experience do I need:

  • Qualified Care Assistant (Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care)
  • Experience in a health & social care setting
  • Experience of caring for individuals with dementia
  • Experience of administering medication
  • Experience of supervising & leading a team
  • Understanding of safeguarding adults at risk
  • Understanding of regulations & legislation within the care profession
  • Understanding of key care principles

What Training will I receive:

  • Opportunity to apply to complete Diploma Level 3 in Health & Social Care
  • Mandatory Training – Legislative & Coverage Care (see separate training document)

Senior Duties

Take day-to-day management responsibility for the establishment by:

Staff Management
Ensure all new care assistants are given a comprehensive induction, staff are aware of the standards expected, and fully supported throughout their employment. Complete Personal Development Plans & personnel paperwork as required. Ensure the rota is covered for upcoming shifts and relief staff are utilized as & when required.

The Home
Take responsibility and accountability for the establishment, its resources and services. Ensure you are aware of financial matters associated with the running of the home and help obtain the maximum benefit from available funds. Take responsibility for the presentation and appearance of the establishment & maintenance of equipment & facilities in line with the requirements of the Company by undertaking & recording the required scheduled building & security checks.

Communication: As a member of the senior team, support the Manager in meeting the Company’s policies, procedures and legal obligations, ensuring that all staff are working to company policies and procedures, company initiatives are promoted and to take appropriate action to ensure that standards are reached and maintained. Ensure the general manager is kept up to date on any ongoing issues on a regular basis.

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Main Duties:

Personal Care & Support

To provide and ensure all aspects of personal care are provided to the service users in line with their care plan using a person centred approach, encouraging & promoting service users to reach their maximum level of independence, wherever possible undertaking these tasks for themselves. This may include: Help with mobility, Help with toileting, washing & dressing.

To build, maintain & promote good relationships with service users and their relatives, displaying good communication & listening skills, to ensure they are provided with an effective communication network. This may include: Talking and listening to service users, helping them to maintain contact with family, friends & the community, assisting with shopping & recreation tasks & opportunities, being aware of their likes, dislikes, nutritional & cultural needs.

To observe & promote service user choice, independence, dignity, privacy, fulfilment & other rights.

To help to create a warm and friendly atmosphere within the home, which allows & encourages service users to develop and participate in the running of the home to their fullest potential.

To care for the personal belongings (excluding cash & valuables) of service users. This may include: Tidying bedrooms, cupboards\wardrobes, making beds, Emptying commodes, Washing, cleaning and laundering personal property if necessary.

To administer medication for service users in line with current policy and procedures.

To support the nurses to undertake hourly checks of service users (where appropriate).


Additional Senior Duties

To ensure all new care staff are given a comprehensive induction, ensuring that staff are aware of the standards expected, and that staff are fully supported during their induction and probation period and throughout their training.

To complete Personal Development Plans & any personnel paperwork associated with the Care Assistants you are responsible for.

To ensure the rota is covered for upcoming shifts and relief staff are allocated shifts as & when required.

Undertake the scheduled checks, including building & security, and record this on the correct paperwork including your initials, for the service users and the building in accordance with the Company Policy and in the event of any emergency, take all necessary action to preserve the security and safety of the service users in accordance with procedures.

As a member of the senior team, support the Manager in meeting the Company’s policies, procedures and legal obligations, ensuring that all staff are working to company policies and procedures, and to take appropriate action to ensure that standards are reached and maintained.


Other

Understand & apply the principles of confidentiality at all times Ensure that service user confidentiality & dignity is maintained at all times, ensuring information is not shared or divulged with anyone not authorized to receive it.

To work in accordance with Coverage Care’s Code of Practice and all current relevant legislation.

Ensure the service provision is anti-discriminatory and culturally sensitive responding to individual needs, with regard to race, religion, culture, language, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability.

To actively market Coverage Care and promote a positive, personal & professional profile, ensuring the good reputation of the organization at all times.

To display a commitment is made to equal opportunities in the organisation.


Administration Tasks

Participate in the implementation of the personal care plans and assist in maintaining the well-being, dignity, quality of life and environment of the service users.

I like my job because I like making a difference!

Assist in the preparation of those plans, displaying good communication skills (both written & verbal) as part of the key worker system, contribute to discussions on individual care plans and the reporting process by maintaining and updating records as required.


Health & Safety

To identify risks within the home and notify the appropriate senior staff member immediately.

To be aware of emergency procedures, report hazards to the Manager and respond to emergencies as appropriate.

To use manual handling techniques & equipment safely and correctly as per the current company policy & procedures.

To wear the correct uniform and personal protective equipment (PPE) associated with the task and role you are carrying out.


Teamwork

To work effectively as part of a team, actively supporting other team members, whilst also being self-motivated to work on own initiative & without direct supervision.

To be able to work under pressure.

To participate in appropriate training, and be committed to ongoing personal & professional development.

To attend staff meetings as requested by the Home Manager.

To promptly report any information, issues or concerns regarding the care, support, wellbeing or behaviour of service users and also staff members to a member of the homes senior team.

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Please note:

The duties in this job description are not exhaustive, but instead, are representative of the type of work required in the post. The post holder will, therefore, be required to undertake other duties deemed appropriate and consistent with the purpose of the job. The job description & person specification are revised periodically and amended, as necessary, to ensure that they meets the needs of the service.

This website has been specially created for those seeking - employment - at all levels - within the Care Home Sector in and around Shropshire and the West Midlands.

Coverage Care has been providing nursing, residential and respite care services for older people and those living with dementia or a disability throughout Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin for the past 22 years.

We are the largest single provider of older people's residential and nursing care services in Shropshire.

All of our 14 homes are very different but the high standard of care is the same throughout.

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Coverage Care Services Ltd
Allison House, Oxon Business Park
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY3 5HJ

Email: enquiry@coveragecareservices.co.uk
Phone: 01743 283 200

Miscellaneous Information:
Registered Address: As above.

Place of registration:
England and Wales and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and has charitable status reg number 28304R

VAT Registration No: 771120658