Care Assistant Apprentice Level 2 LDC

As an effective Care Assistant you must: * Promote/uphold the privacy, dignity, health and wellbeing of our services users * Work with your colleagues to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare, care and support

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Closing date: 27 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £105.00

    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Various shifts

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    06 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    09 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001224450

  • Positions

    6 available

LDC (Dover)

Care Assistant Apprentice

Responsibilities

The post holder has a responsibility to the designated Shift leader or manager of care

Supervision

The post holder will be supervised by the designated shift leader and also through on the job coaching from senior colleagues.

Purpose of Job

To work within the LDC Statement of Purpose and LDC Policy Guidelines and national legislation to assist in the creation of an environment in which all people we support receive the highest possible standards of accommodation and care.  This will be done in consultation with individuals to develop their potential and sustain their rights.

As an effective Care Assistant you must:

  • Be accountable by making sure you can answer for your actions or omissions;
  • Promote and uphold the privacy, dignity, rights, health and wellbeing of people who use our services.
  • Work with your colleagues to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare, care and support
  • Communicate in an open and effective way to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of our service users.
  • Respect a service users right to confidentiality
  • Strive to improve the quality of healthcare and support through continuing professional development
  • Uphold and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To carry out key working duties, to offer opportunity of experiences and promote equality for people we support.
  • To complete, file and communicate relevant and accurate records in accordance with LDC policies.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of all information (Data Protection Act) relating to LDC and its business activities.
  • To provide and assist the individuals in all aspects of personal care needs as required by their identified needs, culture and wishes, with sensitivity, respect and dignity.
  • To contribute to the PCP (Person Centred Plan) process for and with the people we support.
  • To promote the wellbeing and general health of people we support and help create surroundings in which the service user feels safe and happy.
  • To participate in medicine administration and recording.
  • To speak on behalf of people we support, put forward professional views and present a written report at annual contract reviews.
  • To aid the assessment, selection and preparation of people we support for placement to and closure of placement from the scheme.
  • Where appropriate to assist and support the involvement and contact of parents, relatives and friends of the people we support.
  • To contribute to the individual and general development of people we support.
  • To take on certain management functions of individuals finances within the schemes.  This includes assisting individual people we support in managing daily personal finances (e.g. purchasing clothes, toiletries, presents, etc).  
  • To purchase materials for day service activities, using services finances, whilst fulfilling relevant requirements regarding cash handling and submission of receipts.
  • To encourage and support the personal, social, occupational and leisure development opportunities including swimming and holidays away from home. 
  • To help in the management of complex or sensitive issues, e.g. challenging behaviour, personal relationships.  Where necessary, by offering support, advice and encouragement to people we support.  
  • To know and work within relevant legislation, e.g. Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • To have a working knowledge of LDC’s policies and procedures in respect to the job.
  • To undertake sleep-ins or when on waking nights, to remain awake throughout the night to support individuals.
  • When required, to escort individuals including accompanying them on holiday/medical appointments. In addition to follow and action any medical advice given.
  • To prepare for and participate in the coaching and supervision process within LDC.
  • To participate in annual appraisals and identify personal training and development needs.
  • To maintain contact with other professional agencies.
  • To drive LDC vehicles to an agreed standard.
  • To help in maintaining a hygienic and healthy environment.  This will include carrying out household cleaning duties.
  • To support individuals with the purchase and preparation of food
  • To carry out appropriate general administrative duties.
  • To have a duty to adhere to LDC’s health and safety policies and code of conduct at all times.
  • To have a working knowledge of the homes Health and Safety, COSHH and Environmental Health regulations.
  • To assist clients in preparing for bed, offering reassurance and comfort.
  • To carry out regular checks throughout the night (where instructed) taking into account the clients privacy.
  • To carry out regular security and fire protection checks.
  • To assist clients with getting out of bed, washing and dressing (if necessary).
  • To have a working knowledge of the homes policies and procedures in respect of your job.
  • To assist clients with personal care which includes: using the bath or shower: foot and nail care: shampooing hair: helping a client shave: hair care: oral care: helping a client using the toilet or a portable commode: making and changing beds: eating or drinking: dressing.  Also by  prompting, together with supervision, of a person, in relation to the performance of any of the activities listed, where that person is unable to make a decision for themselves in relation to performing such an activity without such prompting and supervision; 
  • Helping the client with physical and mental activity, this could involve talking to them, reading to them, writing on their behalf, assisting with their hobbies and recreation activities.
  • Assist with serving meals and other domestic duties you are qualified and assigned to undertake.
  • Be on standby to answer emergency bell calls, answer telephone and door in accordance to LDC policies and procedures
  • To represent LDC in a professional manner at all times
  • Ensuring care notes and any other form of written report that affects your work are read and kept up to date.
  • Take part in staff meetings and training activities as required
  • To give medication and clinical care to clients as authorised and directed, 
  • ONLY IF YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINED AND ARE CONFIDENT IN PERFORMING THESE DUTIES.  INFORM THE SHIFT LEADER OR HOME MANAGER IF YOU HAVE ANY DIFFICULTIES WITH ANY ASSIGNED DUTY OF THIS NATURE.
  • To undertake such other duties as appropriate to your responsibilities, grade and ability.

Note:  In addition to the responsibilities listed, it may be necessary to perform other duties not listed.  Consideration will be given to your skills and status when requesting you perform these duties.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

No skills required but a kind and outgoing person will do well in this position.

Personal qualities

  • Caring
  • Passionate
  • Keen to Learn new skills

Qualifications required

No Qualifications needed

Future prospects

Progression on to Level 3 for keen candidates as this employer will support all staff with training development

About the employer

LDC is a family-run business where attention to detail and individual service is reflected in everything we do. We specialise in providing care for adults with learning disabilites in one of our residential care homes or in a supported living environment in the East Kent area. We are committed to supporting service users to achieve their full potential and promote their independence without compromising their dignity. We have developed considerable knowledge and expertise in working with people who have challenged traditional services. This includes supporting people who have presented mental health problems and some challenging behaviour. Each service user has a plan which is regularly reviewed and which reflects the needs and wishes of the individual. We support the residents in maintaining relationships with existing family and friends as well as encouraging them to make new friends. In addition, the plan reflects the interests and hobbies of the individual as well as offering opportunities to try new activities. At all times the views of the service user, as well as their well-being and safety, are respected. We are also able to develop bespoke services for residents with complex needs who are having difficulties finding an appropriate placement.

Employer

LDC

Address

Unit 11

The Glenmore Centre

Shearway Business Park

Folkestone

CT19 4RJ

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Training provider

Candidates will gain a  level 2  qualification in Health and Social Care upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship framework

Health and Social Care

Training provider

eTraining

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by eTraining Limited

Contact

Kim Carter 08003288331 kim.carter@etraining-uk.com


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Closing date: 27 Oct 2017