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Health Care Assistant – (Personal care)

Job Title

Health Care Assistant – (Personal care)



Job Code
Contract hours

Full time 8pm – 8 am (1 hour paid breaks)

Salary up to £16,380 + Overtime
Number of vacancies


Estimated start date

Subject to reference and DBS check

Application closing date

31st August 2020

Purpose of the job

  • To be part of the team providing a high quality residential service for people which enables users to live with a maximum of choice and independence, participating in a wide range of activities, designed to meet their individual need.
  • Using a person centred approach assist people to lead fulfilling lives and develop and use their individual skills as far as they are able in all aspects of daily life via the provision of support, assistance and personal care.
  • The post holder will be required to work shifts including weekends, bank holidays on a rota system as directed.

Principal Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • To assist in providing practical and personal support to enable service users to have more control over their lives and to meet their assessed need by maintaining and promoting their health, well being and social development.
  • To assist the home manager to ensure service users are supported in a varied range of activities which support people as individuals as identified both through day to day choice and their agreed care and support plan.
  • To assist with the provision of all personal care, such as washing, dressing, toileting, shaving, mouth care, catheter care, feeding, meal preparation and others while allowing service users to make informed choices, where possible, within an agreed plan of risk taking.
  • Assist in the provision of the highest possible standards with regard to quality of life and a homely environment including support for those users who represent a challenge to the service.
  • Ensure that care plans and other information about how to support and assist service users is followed
  • Assist where necessary service users to attend social and leisure activities, community outings and appointments.
  • To complete or assist with the completion of service user/staff risk assessments e.g. medication, moving and handling
  • To ensure awareness of each individual’s culture, ensuring their dignity, choice and respect at all times..
  • To assist service users in meeting outcomes from their person centred support and care plan.
  • Participate in achieving the highest domestic standards with respect to cleaning, hygiene and provision of meals for well balanced diets that meet the cultural and dietary needs of the residents.
  • To assist service users to have access to and receive health care.
  • Liaise with relatives and carers as and when required.
  • Take responsible care of service users’ property, money and other personal effects and maintain appropriate records.
  • Report all incidents and accidents involving residents to Home Manager.
  • Maintain and ensure accurate written records as required.
  • To undertake moving and handling duties for both people and equipment in line with the Council’s moving and handling guidelines.
  • Work in the framework of a staff rota, based around the residents’ needs and the requirements of the organisation.
  • To attend and participate in supervision and appraisal meetings with line manager.
  • Attend training programmes as directed and seek to continue learning and development in the changing national and local policy context.
  • The post holder must at all times carry out his/her duties with regard to Care Quality Commission standards for Care Homes, the Council’s Customer Care and Equal Opportunities Policies and in accordance with the Council’s Mission Statement and Values.
  • To undertake other duties, commensurable with the grade of the post as may be allocated by the post holder’s line manager.

Care Assistant benefits

  • Evidence of a good standard of general education including basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • Relevant Health or Social Care qualification or work towards one i.e. NVQ Level 2    
  • Ability to assist and guide others in daily living skills is an appropriate manner that meets the needs of service users
  • Ability to work with people with service users with varying needs and their families or carers to identify wishes, choices and support.
  • To be physically able to undertake moving and handling duties
  • Ability to work shifts/bank holidays / 36 hours nights must be flexible across the seven days,
  • Must be medication trained
  • A commitment to a team approach / An ability to take initiative and make decisions
  • Flexibility to undertake varied tasks / A commitment to residents choice and participation
  • Ability to recognise and report hazards and risks
  • Ability to recognise and the confidence to raise concerns, safeguarding or issues of poor practice          
  • A minimum of one years’ experience of working with or personal experience of supporting people in a care setting

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and all employees are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults.

Please note: Priority will be given to Brent residents in the first instance. This vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if a sufficient number of suitable applications are received. Early application is therefore recommended.





How to apply

Please complete the registration form and email along with your CV to brent.works@brent.gov.uk.

Please ensure you complete all sections of the form, including the Equality & Diversity Monitoring section and submit both the form and CV together or your application will not be processed.