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Personal Assistants - PAs
(Care Workers)

My Personal Assistants (PAs) support me overnight, and provide double-up care alongside the nurse during the day. They do a range of tasks that support me to live well, but the role during the day is different from the night role. Scroll down to find out more about both roles.

Current Vacancies:

Bank PAs sought – for nighttime care and for daytime 2:1 care.

I do not have regular/set or guaranteed shifts available.

Bank Daytime Role

Role Description:

Job Summary:

Supporting Lucy to live as well as possible and be as independent as possible in her life, providing care to meet and manage Lucy’s health, care and wellbeing needs, supporting Lucy to live at home with her family and to support Lucy’s mother in caring for Lucy, to support Lucy to live the life she chooses and do the activities and jobs that make her life worth living and enabling her to live her life to the fullest. 

You will be working alongside a registered nurse at all times, who provides for Lucy’s specialist and complex medical needs.

This role in particular requires people who are happy and able to drive a large Peugeot Boxer van, which is a manual, so that Lucy can go out and about and get to her meetings, events and conferences. This is a specially adapted van with an electric lift which lifts Lucy in her wheelchair into the car, where the wheelchair is then strapped down to secure it. Lucy remains in her wheelchair in the car. 

Tasks & Responsibilities:

Tasks:

Personal Care/Personal Hygiene:

  • To wash Lucy in bed / support her to wash with aspects she is able to (with the nurse)
  • To dress and undress Lucy or change her pyjamas (with the nurse)
  • To bring Lucy her toothbrush (having been run under the tap to wet it, and toothpaste applied) along with two plastic cups, one with water in and the other empty, for her to brush her teeth – and Lucy has facial wipes in her draw and will get that herself (with the nurse)
  • To brush Lucy’s hair and give Lucy her hairband to put on, unless she wants it plaited or styled, and wash her hair when necessary
  • Lucy will need help with putting on her coat and other items when going out, and putting blankets on and organising pillows and so on. (with the nurse)

Stoma & PEG Care:

  • Checking and emptying Lucy’s Urostomy (urine bag) every 1.5-2 hours / as needed
  • Emptying Lucy’s Ileostomy as needed (Lucy will instruct)
  • Changing/Emptying Lucy’s PEG bag as needed (Lucy will instruct)
  • Changing Lucy’s stoma bags as needed – she will request this.

Medical:

  • To administer a saline nebuliser when she wakes up (if Lucy’s nurse hasn’t done so) or if Lucy requests it at other times
  • To complete accurate fluid charts
  • To put Lucy’s feet splints on when necessary
  • To check Lucy’s pressure areas (with the nurse)

Fluid:

  • To pour Lucy a drink as needed – she feels thirsty constantly and drinks a lot as a result.

Mobility:

  • Lucy needs you to drive her powered wheelchair into the bedroom to be hoisted into prior to hoisting her
  • Lucy will need to be hoisted into her wheelchair, using the ceiling hoist and her sling — she remains sitting in the sling when in the wheelchair, it is not removed. (with the nurse)
  • Lucy may need help with rolling over in bed but will ask support with this. (with the nurse)
  • Lucy may also ask to be hoisted into her special 4×4 wheelchair, in which case the 4×4 chair (in the extension) will need to be driven into the lounge and placed under the lounge ceiling hoist. Lucy will be hoisted into her normal wheelchair, go through into the lounge and then use the lounge hoist to transfer into the 4×4 chair (the 4×4 chair cannot get into Lucy’s bedroom) (with the nurse)
  • Lucy may request support with her physiotherapy exercises or with stretches to keep her movement going. (with the nurse)
  • People happy and able to drive a large Peugeot Boxer van, which is a manual, is essential to the role.

Social, Work & Wellbeing:

  • To accompany Lucy out to walk her Assistance Dog Molly – bringing appropriate clothes and footwear for walking in all weathers
  • To accompany Lucy on work outings such as meetings, events and conferences, maintaining professionalism and allowing Lucy to fulfil her roles and duties and providing this care in the most unobtrusive way possible whilst out
  • To accompany Lucy on social outings, such as meeting friends, going shopping, running errands and doing hobbies and activities
  • To support Lucy with activities at home where necessary, relating to work or to pleasure,
  • To support Lucy socially, provide emotional support, spend time with her when she isn’t working and to talk, laugh and do things together.

Cleaning & Other Tasks:

  • To keep the house clean, including housework duties such as hoovering, mopping the floors, cleaning surfaces, cleaning the toilet after emptying stoma contents into it, keeping the sink clean and other tasks as needed
  • To keep the bathroom and Lucy’s bedroom clean on a day-to-day basis, to maintain infection control and general cleanliness
  • To fully clean Lucy’s bedroom twice per week, on a Tuesday and Friday, or on alternative days if outings are planned on those days, including bed, drip stand, cabinets (inside, outside and tops), chest of drawers the TV is on, the hoist, the window ledge, to hoover and mop the floors, and so on.
  • To clean Lucy’s normal powerchair at least once a week
  • To change Lucy’s bed sheets as needed/requested, and regularly change over her blanket sets (slanket + 2 blankets).

Administrative Tasks:

  • To support Lucy with the organising and sending of timesheets to the broker, Purple
  • To support Lucy with printing documents, such as fluid charts, care plans, timesheets, 
  • To support Lucy with filing and preparing documents for posting or for other uses
  • To support Lucy with managing finances, if help is requested.

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • To be on time – and to let us know if you are to be late. Punctuality is crucial
  • To bring appropriate clothing for walking Molly in all weathers
  • To bring appropriate clothing for the activity/outing, including if attending an event that may have a dress code, but Lucy will give advance warning of this
  • Bringing items to occupy yourself in down-time
  • Not putting both headphones in so you can hear if Lucy calls
  • To ask if you don’t understand something rather than to guess
  • To follow Lucy’s care plan
  • To keep accurate records, such as fluid chart and care notes, and other records as necessary
  • To clean up after yourself
  • To keep the house clean, as outlined in ‘tasks’.
  • To get on well with Lucy, her mother Kate and sister Vicky, recognising this is their home too -maintain good communication with Lucy and developing effective working relationships
  • To respect Lucy’s home and the family’s possessions. 
  • To use manual handling equipment safely and correctly
  • To enable Lucy to be as active and independent as possible – she will let you know what she can and can’t do and where she does and doesn’t need help or support
  • Recognising you are part of a team and working with the other PAs and nurses 
  • To become ‘part of the family’, whilst respecting the employer-employee boundary
  • To regularly read care and support plans, acknowledging changes
  • To protect the confidentiality of all information relating to Lucy and her family and not divulge information to anyone without consent
  • To wear protective equipment where necessary, such as gloves when emptying bags or performing other care such as changing dressings.
  • To be flexible in shifts where needed and to cover holiday or sickness where required
  • To raise any issues as soon as possible and to raise these with Lucy

Bank Nighttime Role

Role Description:

Bank Night Carer (PA)

Night shifts: 8 hours (23.00 – 07.00)

Job Summary:

Supporting Lucy with personal care and certain medical needs overnight to enable her to live at home and have her needs met and managed, as well as to support Lucy’s mother Kate by providing Lucy’s care. 

Unlike the daytime 2:1 role where there is a registered nurse present alongside the PA, overnight the PA is the sole staff member on shift.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Tasks:

  • Checking and emptying Lucy’s Urostomy (urine bag) every 1.5-2 hours / as needed
  • Emptying Lucy’s Ileostomy as needed (Lucy will instruct)
  • Changing/Emptying Lucy’s PEG bag as needed (Lucy will instruct)
  • Pouring Lucy a drink as needed (Lucy will ask)
  • Putting Lucy’s laptop away, straightening blankets and putting up her bed bar at bedtime. 
  • Administering a saline nebuliser (if needed)
  • Checking on Lucy regularly through the night (but don’t wake her)
  • Take handover on arrival and give handover upon leaving
  • Fill out fluid chart
  • Listening out in case Lucy calls

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • To be on time – and to let us know if you are to be late. Punctuality is crucial
  • Staying awake all night – this is an awake night, sleeping will not be tolerated
  • Bringing items to occupy yourself overnight
  • To be as quiet as possible overnight so as not to wake Lucy or her mother or sister
  • Not putting both headphones in so you can hear if Lucy calls
  • To ask if you don’t understand something rather than to guess
  • To follow Lucy’s care plan
  • To keep accurate records, such as fluid chart and care notes, and other records as necessary
  • To clean up after yourself
  • To keep the bathroom and Lucy’s bedroom clean if any mess is made
  • To get on well with Lucy, her mother Kate and sister Vicky, recognising this is their home too -maintain good communication with Lucy and developing effective working relationships
  • To respect Lucy’s home and the family’s possessions. 
  • To use equipment properly and safely
  • Recognising you are part of a team and working with the other PAs and nurses 
  • To become ‘part of the family’, whilst respecting the employer-employee boundary
  • To regularly read care and support plans, acknowledging changes
  • To protect the confidentiality of all information relating to Lucy and her family and not divulge information to anyone without consent
  • To wear protective equipment where necessary, such as gloves when emptying bags or performing other care such as changing dressings.
Shifts:

Daytime Shifts:

Variable

It could be a short 6 hour shift (no set times for this) or it could be a long day of 12 hours or more, if you’re taking me to an event.

Night Shifts:

23.00-07.00

On some occasions, it may be 22.00-06.00 or other variations due to events, such as a later start time if we’re out until late.

Rates:

Weekdays:

£10.00 per hour

Weekends:

£14.00 per hour

Bank Holidays:

£20.00 per hour

Training:

Training is offered as part of the package.

  • Basic Life Support
  • Manual handling
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Stoma care training (if needed)
Want to apply for the role of bank PA?