You’ll supervise and actively deliver at the front line of care, promoting health and wellbeing by helping residents with their personal care and supporting them with all aspects of daily living. As a leader and supervisor, you will motivate and support care staff through their induction, supervision sessions and monitor and mentor their day to day performance. You’ll have the highly responsible job of administering and prescribing medication to residents, and assist in the management of an effective control and administration system.Job Description
At Abbeyfield, we believe that great care starts with great people. We’re committed to providing the highest standards of accommodation to our residents and we’re always keen to hear from people who share our commitment to enhancing the lives of older people in the UK.
From carers to house managers, activities coordinators to cooks, plus roles in our St Albans head office, Abbeyfield has a varied range of career options available. By working at Abbeyfield you’ll be joining a charity with more than 400 houses and over 7000 residents. But we’re also developing new homes throughout the UK with state of the art facilities.
In line with your casual (bank) worker assignment agreement, we offer competitive pay that is in line with those of our employed staff in similar roles. And depending on how many hours you work, you will accrue leave at an equivalent rate of 29 days paid leave in a full calendar year, inclusive of bank/public holidays. And in order to carry out this role, you will be provided with mandatory training to get you started, as part of a comprehensive induction. To be eligible to work for us in future assignments, you will be expected to keep your mandatory training up to date.
Best of all, we’re a charity, meaning that the interests of our valued staff and residents sit at the heart of what we do, not shareholders.Description of the role
Experienced in care, you’ll know that each resident is unique. The care and support they need is individualised and personal to them. You’ll lead by example, treating people with kindness and compassion. Your sensitive and respectful approach ensures residents maintain their dignity and feeling of self worth. You will assist residents at difficult times such as during periods of illness, attendance at hospital appointments or sometimes providing palliative care.
Your caring input helps to make these times as easy and comfortable as possible. You contribute to residents' emotional and intellectual wellbeing by getting to know them personally and supporting them to participate in social activities and events. You see the benefit of this stimulation by getting involved with planning, organising and delivering these home activities and functions.
To ensure each resident's needs are met, you’ll lead with the responsibility of regular monitoring of their health, care and social needs, plus the preparation, implementation and review of their personal care plan. This involves supervising other team members and liaising with people involved in the their care, as well as with the residents themselves, to ensure their needs and wishes are at the centre of the care we provide.
You strongly believe that residents' choice and independence is paramount, and ensure their risk management plans are up to date and all appropriate parties have been involved. You understand the need to support and work closely with residents' families and friends, offering them professional and emotional support.Our Ideal Candidate
You must be experienced in a health or social care setting, ideally working with older people. Familiar with CQC requirements, you should also be either qualified to QCF Level 3 in Health & Social Care, or equivalent. However, what differentiates a carer from a Team Leader are people management skills. So if you can demonstrate strong evidence of how you will get the best from individuals and build strong and engaged teams, we would be prepared to accept Level 2 qualified carers willing to undertake training to Level 3.
With more seniority comes more responsibility, so you’ll need to be able to take charge for an entire shift, be able to work on your own initiative, and cope under pressure in a diverse and changing environment. Sometimes, you will be the most senior person in the Home.
A copy of the full job description is available here. Note that this role requires an enhanced DBS check, to be renewed every 3 years.About the House or Home you’ll be working in
Lee House is our attractive residential care home located set in the heart of Wimbledon village – the heart of British tennis. Our friendly and cosy home offers care and support to our older female residents with 27 single, en-suite bedrooms available, many of which have a balcony or overlook the beautiful, well-established gardens. Being just a 5 minutes walk to Wimbledon village, there is a superb range of shops, cafes and restaurants for our residents to visit or to simply enjoy a picnic on Wimbledon Common.
Our residents enjoy plenty of fun activities and events such as art and crafts and musical events that are run by our fantastic activity co-ordinator and team members. We believe that it is important for our residents to get together and keep active which can improve their overall well-being and make them feel less isolated.
Our staff are highly motivated and are prepared to go that extra mile to provide the highest standards of care. Through daily interaction we get to know our residents well and always ensure that everyone, staff included, are treated with kindness and respect.
Every day brings different challenges, but our dedicated, focused team are rewarded knowing that they make a difference to our residents’ lives. In return, we want our team members to feel motivated and rewarded and offer a competitive package of pay and benefits, together with plenty of training opportunities.
If you feel that you share the same values as us and believe you can be a valuable member of our team, we would love to hear from you.
For more information about Lee House, please click here.