Social Care Worker


Job Description

This national voluntary organisation are currently looking to recruit some qualified Social Care workers to work in their Residential Houses across the following locations in south Dublin. These include.......  
Dun Laoghaire/Glenageary/Loughlinstown/Cabinteely, Shankill, Bray and Kilpedder in Co. Wicklow.
The Salary Scales are based on the current HSE payscales and range from 31293 to 45308 depending on experience. Sleepover and premium rate hours are calculated on top of the basic rate and constitute extra income.
Other benefits also apply.
WORKING HOURS: 78 hours over 2 weeks, or 117 hours over 3 weeks.
  1.         Ensuring that the service-users receive the highest standard of training, education, care and development in accordance with the policies of the organisation.
2. To ensure the development and implementation of quality systems primarily using the Personal Outcomes Measure so that a service of the highest quality is provided to service-users and their families.
3. To initiate, implement and review age-appropriate programmes to suit the individual needs of each service-user.
4. To provide for the self-development, individuality and independence of each service-user by developing a life plan with short-term objectives leading to long term goals.
5. To become familiar with and adhere to the quality policies and manuals and to ensure that other personnel are kept informed of changes.
6. To ensure that all relevant records and files are kept in order and up to date.
7. To assist in the provision of a high standard of home management, both by undertaking household duties and encouraging, teaching service-users to be actively involved.  General appearance of service-users and staff, as well as respect for the overall cleanliness, hygiene and standard of assigned area, must be considered a priority.
8. Communicate relevant information (i.e. progress, absenteeism, illness, incidents and accidents relating to service-users) on an on-going basis, to Supervisor.
9. To utilise non-aversive techniques of behaviour management in compliance with service policy.
10. To communicate with and assist parents, visitors and volunteers in a pleasant and professional manner.
11. To adhere to the provisions and requirements as detailed in the Adult Residential Services Safety Statement and to be acquainted with the location, procedure and use of emergency equipment.
12. To link with other relevant staff/departments/services in relation to aspects of service-users' care, in conjunction with Supervisor.
13. To participate in external courses and in-service training as requested/required.
14. To carry out appropriate Pastoral Care Programmes to cater for the spiritual needs of service-users, in consultation with Supervisor and in conjunction with the Chaplaincy Department.
15. To be informed on the philosophy of the Saint John of God Order and adhere to the Christian principles underlying this philosophy, particularly when dealing with service-users and parents.
16. Staff may be requested at any time to work in another part of the service.  This is at the discretion of the Supervisor.
17. Driving the minibus is essential to the delivery of the services and as such, each staff member must endeavour to obtain a full D1 Licence at the earliest possible convenience.
18. Administration of medication to service-users in accordance with the policies and procedures of St John of God Dublin South East Adult Residential Services.
19. Key worker responsibilities to particular service-users.
20. To assist the service-users in the implementation of Personal Outcome Measures and Personal Care Planning.
21. To be available from time to time outside normal working hours to perform the above duties.
22. The person employed will be required to carry out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by their Supervisor, Manager or Director.
23. To ensure that all departmental reports and records are confidential to the service at St John of God Dublin South East Adult Residential Services and to maintain confidentiality in respect of matters which come to your knowledge in the course of your official duties.
24. To be fully familiar with the terms of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, and all relevant policy documents of the Order and Centre i.e. Employee Handbook, Safety Statement, Guidelines for Investigation of Allegations of Non-Accidental Injury and Abuse, 'Companions for the Journey', 'Values in Practice', Relationships and Sexuality Guidelines, etc.
Person Specification
Essential Desirable
Under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, all applicants must hold a minimum of a Level 7 qualification awarded by HETAC or foreign equivalent in one of the following areas:
- HETAC Level 7 in Social Studies
- HETAC Level 7 in Social Care
- HETAC Level 7 in Applied Social Studies - Social Care
- HETAC Level 7 in Applied Social Studies (Disability) - Open Training College continuous learning.  
In certain circumstances, candidates that hold HETAC Level 7 qualifications in related areas such as Psychology or Social Work may be considered for application, however in such instances and pending the final report of the Joint Committee established to agree approved courses, discretion lies with Saint John of God Dublin South East.
A minimum of 2 years' experience working with people with intellectual disabilities in a residential setting.
Demonstrate a genuine interest in supporting the rights and needs of people with intellectual disabilities.
Working knowledge of community integration.
Ability to make clear and concise reports regarding the service-users, both verbally and in writing.
Computer literacy.
High level of flexibility, willingness and an ability to develop new approaches to work as the service-users' needs demand.
Resource management experience.  Innovative approach.  
Good analytical skills. Excellent flexibility, communication, interpersonal, administrative and co-ordination skills.
Ability to work both in a busy team environment and independently, proactively, confidently with initiative.
Ability to work closely with Senior Managers and external organizations.
Knowledge of Risk Assessment.
Risk Assessment and Management.
Understanding of Human Rights and Advocacy.
Quality systems experience.
Home management skills.
Experience of managing budgets and ensuring effective spending.
Experience of administering medication.
Knowledge of all relevant legislation.
Working knowledge and experience of legislation.
Intimate care:  hands-on experience.
Holistic approach to care delivery.
Hobbies/Special Interests.
Full clean driving licence.
D1 driving licence.
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