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Person Specification:

Community & Learning support – Personal Assistant

Experience – Desirable

  • Supporting/enabling people with learning disabilities/complex needs & those who engage in behaviours that challenge
  • Contributing to and implementing detailed care plans and individual learning plans for people with learning disabilities
  • Delivering learning in a range of community and educational settings

Skills & Aptitude – Essential

  • Ability to work alongside and support people to maximise their full potential
  • To enable people to be at the centre of decisions that affect their lives
  • Ability to work on a one to one basis in the community
  • Ability to work across a range of settings and with a range of staff teams and professionals
  • Ability to contribute to the development of personal support plans
  • Ability to work positively as part of a team and also alone
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise work
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to maintain accurate records

Skills & Aptitude – Desirable

  • Working with people with severe disabilities and complex needs
  • Knowledge of person centred planning and approaches
  • Developing detailed care plans and learning plans for individual service users
  • Supporting people who may engage in behaviour that challenges
  • Following agreed behavioural support strategies

Qualifications – Essential

  • No qualifications are essential

Qualifications – Desirable

  • NVQ / Diploma level 2 and above or working towards it
  • Training linked to Standards outlined in The Care Certificate

Personal Qualities

  • A positive and enabling attitude and approach to supporting people
  • A professional approach
  • A tolerant and understanding attitude
  • A positive and solution focussed attitude towards addressing challenges
  • Creative, innovative and open minded
  • Ability to use own initiative and work autonomously
  • Polite and respectful approach
  • Willingness to explore new ways of working when required to
  • A positive attitude towards shared responsibility and accountability
  • A commitment to service quality
  • A commitment to professional and personal development
  • A good sense of humour

Other requirements

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to liaise with others concerned with the well-being of individuals
  • Good standard of health and fitness given the physical nature of some aspects of the work to be undertaken
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly including during unsociable hours and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to support people to go on short breaks and holidays and to support people in their own homes including overnight
  • Ability and willingness to cover absences of colleagues and work additional hours when required, sometimes at short notice
  • To be a driver and to have held a UK driving license for a minimum of one year
  • To be willing to use your own car to transport the people you are supporting in the community

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