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 return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package. This includes 29 days paid leave, (pro rata if part-time), including bank/public holidays, an occupational sick pay scheme, a pension scheme, plus shop and save discounts. We also offer great career prospects, from a comprehensive induction and a ‘buddy’ to get you started, to further opportunities to progress your career in care, through development, to gain more experience in your role.
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
Abbeyfield Winnersh – Winnersh, Berkshire
Abbeyfield Winnersh is a dementia-friendly residential care home situated in the friendly village of Winnersh, Wokingham. Our home has 62 en-suite bedrooms, each with a brightly coloured front door complete with a letterbox and street lamp. A wonderful range of facilities include a beauty salon, communal and private lounges and café which our residents and their visiting friends and families can enjoy at their leisure.
A large garden and roof terrace have been designed to encourage outside living with lots of areas for activity or relaxation in the warmer months or in our summer houses which are used by our residents throughout the year. For the younger family members, a fun area and climbing frame is provided too.
We believe that it is important to treat our residents as individuals and tailor the care towards specific individual needs. Our team is dedicated to ensuring all residents’ needs are met and expectations exceeded. We passionately support our residents in being independent and carrying out their lives the way they wish. We ensure that our resident care and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.
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 Winnersh, please click here.