Are you passionate about helping us provide the best of care for those using our services? Are you interested in working within close proximity to Aberdeen city centre for an organisation that takes pride in supporting the professional development of its staff?

We are currently recruiting a Support Worker - Nights at our Ruthrieston House facility for 30 hours per week. Joining our dynamic team, you will provide a professional, caring and effective service to our service users to ensure they receive the best of care.

Any prior experience would be welcome but is not essential as full on the job training will be provided. You must however be willing to undertake an SCQF Level 6 in Social Services and Healthcare (or equivalent) if you do not already hold one.

If you want to be part of something special, we would love to hear from you. It is a prerequisitive for employees to attend three full day First Aid Training for this role. Training is conducted during the working day.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Identifying ways of communicating effectively on difficult, complex and sensitive issues. Supporting individuals appropriately in the communication process, especially where specific communication needs have been identified
  • Updating and maintaining records and reports according to statutory and organisational procedures and requirements.
  • Promoting, monitoring and maintaining health, safety and security in the working environment, including medication administration. Minimise risks arising from emergencies and ensure service users, colleagues, and self are safe and secure in the workplace and to follow, at all times, the policy and guidance on child protection and supporting service users to maximise self care skills following relevant policies and procedures.
  • Promoting the well being and protection of the service users, working with them in ways which promote their rights and responsibilities, supporting them to express their views and preferences about their health and well being.
  • Contributing to the protection of service users from abuse, including the identification of possible abuse. Handling disclosures from service users and reporting information about abuse according to policies and procedures. Providing support to students who may have been abused.
  • Ensuring that the service users’ physical environment is clean and comfortable, supporting them with their physical care needs, including toileting, as appropriate.
  • Contributing to the assessment of service users’ development levels and support needs at night time by ensuring the implementation of programmes and support activities, and contributing to evaluation of the service users’ participation in such programmes and activities.
  • Assisting in the preparation and maintenance of night time learning environments and contributing to the planning and evaluation of learning activities.
  • Contributing to the planning and implementation of night time programmes for service users; reviewing the effectiveness of such programmes and balancing group needs against the preferences and needs of individual service users.
  • Contributing to practice which promotes group care as a positive experience, promoting individual growth and development where service users feel valued and safe; where they are empowered to identify and implement activities of benefit to the group.
  • Contributing to the prevention and management of challenging behaviour in service users, negotiating boundaries and identifying goals to promote acceptable levels of behaviour and working positively with risk assessments to enable access to the wider curriculum.
  • Contributing to the planning, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic programmes to help service users manage their behaviour.
  • Establishing and sustaining effective working relationships with service users as part of an overall strategy to confront anti-social and promote pro-social behaviour.
  • Developing and implementing programmes to support service users with sensory difficulties to find their way around environments that are part of their daily living.
  • Carrying out extended feeding techniques, where appropriate, to ensure individual service user’s nutritional and fluid intake, by following specified procedures including health and safety measures.
  • Developing one’s knowledge and practice continuously through participation in training and development activities.
  • Waking Night staff should contribute to the care and safety of the service users by ensuring that they remain awake and alert for the duration of their shift.
  • Waking night staff are responsible for the care and support of service users with particular health needs during the night time hours. This can include the continual observation of visual and audio monitors during the night, awareness of specific medical conditions such as epilepsy and diabetes, and be able to act (as a result of training) in a manner which will provide the best support for the service users.
  • Any other duties which may arise from time to time provided they are both reasonable and within the post holder’s capabilities.

Qualifications/Training/Education:

Essential:

  • Ability and willingness to attain an SCQF Level 6

Experience:

Essential:

  • Practical experience of working with older people.
  • An awareness of issues regarding older people’s needs.
  • Waking night staff should have experience of lone working.

Key Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Essential:

    Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

Evidence of:

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • A good team worker
  • Ability to engage with and relate to young people
  • Good organisational skills including being able to organise one’s own shift set jobs, especially when lone working.
  • Keyboard skills
  • The ability to remain awake and alert throughout the duration of the waking night shift.

Other Job Requirements:

To comply with the registration and qualification requirements as laid down by the Scottish Social Services Council(SSSC) and strictly adhere to the SSSC Codes of Practice

Ability to work in an environment with service users who demonstrate challenging behaviour and able to respond effectively to challenging behaviour and use and train in Behaviour Support Strategies (BSS)