Mainstay DRP Careers

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Here at Mainstay DRP, we really care about what we do – opening doors for adults with learning disabilities, and supporting them to achieve independence. Our wonderful staff are the backbone to our success.

We look for truly caring people who are passionate about developing a career supporting adults with learning disabilities in all aspects of their lives. If you’re the kind of person who rises to challenges, thrives in a people-focussed environment, and has genuine compassion and resilience, then Mainstay DRP could be the place for you.

Some experience in any kind of caring role is desired, but is not always essential – some of our best people have had previous careers in areas like trades, retail, and manufacturing. What really sets them apart is their willingness to make a difference to people’s lives.

And there’s no doubt that working with our incredible clients is life changing for our staff too.

As well as working every day in a fulfilling career, we also offer –

  • Comprehensive training aligned to NISCC
  • Support to gain market-leading qualifications
  • Mentoring and on the job training from our experienced staff
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pension
  • Free parking on all of our sites

Job Title: Cook

Location: Residential Services

Hours of work: 32.5 hours per week

Work Pattern: Usually Mon- Friday, 11am – 5.30pm – depending on the needs of the service. Some very occasional weekend work

 

Job Purpose:

To work as part of a team alongside our residential care staff to provide safe, healthy and nutritious meals for our service users

 

Job Activities:

  • Menu planning, preparing, cooking and serving dishes for our service users, aligned to their individual needs, including delivering dishes to one of our homes
  • Provide a varied diet with optional needs
  • Provide a fortified diet to those that require one (SALT recommendations)
  • Maintain a high level of food hygiene standards
  • Take responsibility for the kitchen and dining area and equipment, ensuring all areas are kept clean, and that a high level of hygienic practices are observed in cooking processes under COSHH regulations.
  • Order supplies and shop for ingredients within an agreed budget, checking and storing of supplies.
  • Maintain a clean and tidy appearance. Wearing protective clothing provided as required and adhering to hygiene regulations.
  • Be able to communicate with residents remembering we are in their home
  • Cater for events in the home for example birthday parties and bake sales etc
  • Maintain confidentiality, privacy and dignity of residents at all times.
  • Act in a manner, which is courteous, polite friendly and considerate at all times.
  • Attend and contribute to staff meetings, training sessions and fire drills and to identify own training needs
  • Report any accidents immediately they occur.
  • Keep clear and concise recordings on a daily basis as required by legal and organisational standards i.e. environmental health.

 

General

  • Uphold the Mainstay DRP Code of Professional Conduct, in your role as a NISCC registered health and social care professional
  • Actively participate in supervisions with your manager and develop your skills in required areas
  • Actively and positively participate in regular team meetings
  • Attend training events and courses as required in the fulfilment of your role
  • Accurately maintain all records and administration in line with our policies and procedures, including using our online care logging system, and providing effective handover information to team members
  • Adhere to all health and safety requirements in the fulfilment of the role

Essential:

  • Good standard of education to include a competency in English and Maths
  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Knowledge of healthy balanced diets and nutritional guidelines
  • Able to apply to and maintain annual registration with the NISCC
  • Full Clean Driving licence and access to a vehicle to enable movement around our sites for the delivery of shopping and meals (mileage payment provided)

Desirable:

  • Some experience working in a health and social care setting

Rate of Pay: £10.40 per hour



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Our residential and supported living teams support adults with learning disabilities in everyday tasks, caring for their individual needs while enhancing their independent living skills. Working as part of a team, you’ll get to know our service users, from helping them with daily tasks on a one-to-one basis, to supporting them on social and recreational activities.

While some experience or knowledge of working in a caring role is desired, what’s most important to us is a genuine passion for caring for adults with a learning disability, and a willingness to develop a career in this rewarding field, where you’ll really get the opportunity to make a difference. Full training is provided.

 

We now require Night Duty Staff, with 30 hour, 40 hour and Bank contracts available.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide person-centred support to service users as identified in their care plans
  • Facilitate and enhance their daily and independent living skills
  • Inspire our service users to succeed and develop
  • Act as a nominated co-worker for allocated service users, putting the service user at the heart of what they do
  • Accurately maintain records in line with the organisations policies and procedures, adhering to all guidelines and best practice
  • Be a positive, proactive and supportive member of our team
  • Proactively develop new ideas to support our service users and to enhance how we work for our service users

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Motivated to work in a challenging but extremely fulfilling care environment
  • A good standard of education, with good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Full Driving Licence acceptable to the organisation’s insurers

Desirable Criteria

  • A relevant qualification such as QFC/NVQ 2 in Social Care (Adults)


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Are you currently studying a health and social care qualification and would like to add some excellent work experience to your CV?

Here at Mainstay, we really care about what we do – opening doors for adults with learning disabilities, and supporting them to achieve independence. We now have some fantastic opportunities for students to join us on flexible, student summer contracts.

Working as Assistant Residential/ Support Workers, you’ll gain excellent training and development to help you start your career working with adults with learning disabilities and autism.

Our residential and supported living teams support adults with learning disabilities in everyday tasks, caring for their individual needs while enhancing their independent living skills. Working as part of a team, you’ll get to know our service users, from helping them with daily tasks on a one-to-one basis, to supporting them on social and recreational activities.

While some experience or knowledge of working in a caring role is desired, what’s most important to us is a genuine passion for caring for adults with a learning disability, and a willingness to develop a career in this rewarding field, where you’ll really get the opportunity to make a difference. Full training is provided.

Working hours include daytime, evenings, weekends, and may include long days/ split shifts on a rota basis, as well as some night duty

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Motivated to work in a challenging but extremely fulfilling care environment
  • A good standard of education, with good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Must be 18 years+

 

Desirable Criteria

  • Currently studying or just completed a relevant qualification such as QFC/NVQ 2 in Social Care (Adults) or any similar health and social care related qualification
  • Full Driving Licence acceptable to the organisation’s insurers

 

What’s on offer: 

  • 30 hours, 40 hours or flexible Bank contracts during the summer months depending on what works for you
  • Opportunity to continue working for us if your studies are finished, or on a Bank contract while you continue your studies
  • Comprehensive training aligned to NISCC and mentoring from our highly experience permanent employees
  • Training specific to each of our clients’ needs, like Diabetes, Epilepsy
  • Additional Sleep-in rates of pay – £70
  • Overtime at 1.5 times hourly rate
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pension
  • Free parking
  • Free meals
  • Discounted Gym Membership

 

Rate of Pay: £9.70 per hour £9.90 per hour (driver, after completing driving training)

 



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30/ 40 hours per week contracts available

Our residential and supported living teams support adults with learning disabilities in everyday tasks, caring for their individual needs while enhancing their independent living skills. Working as part of a team, you’ll get to know our service users, from helping them with daily tasks on a one-to-one basis, to supporting them on social and recreational activities.

While some experience or knowledge of working in a caring role is desired, what’s most important to us is a genuine passion for caring for adults with a learning disability, and a willingness to develop a career in this rewarding field, where you’ll really get the opportunity to make a difference. Full training is provided.

Working hours for these posts include irregular hours such as daytime, evenings, weekends, split shifts on a rota basis, as well as some waking night duty to meet the needs of the clients.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide person-centred support to service users as identified in their care plans
  • Facilitate and enhance their daily and independent living skills
  • Inspire our service users to succeed and develop
  • Act as a nominated co-worker for allocated service users, putting the service user at the heart of what they do
  • Accurately maintain records in line with the organisations policies and procedures, adhering to all guidelines and best practice
  • Be a positive, proactive and supportive member of our team
  • Proactively develop new ideas to support our service users and to enhance how we work for our service users

 

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Motivated to work in a challenging but extremely fulfilling care environment
  • A good standard of education, with good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Full Driving Licence acceptable to the organisation’s insurers

 

Desirable Criteria

  • A relevant qualification such as QFC/NVQ 2 in Social Care (Adults)

Rate of Pay: £9.70 per hour £9.90 per hour (driver, after completing driving training)

This position involves some working at night, including sleep-in and waking night duty, as part of the rota.



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“I changed my career from working in a trade to working with Mainstay DRP. I worked my way up and now I’m a Senior Support Worker in our Supported Housing Service. It’s very different to what I used to do, but I love it! Our service users are fantastic, and I’ve been fully supported with great training and qualifications.”

Mark, Senior Support Worker, Ardcora Supported Housing

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