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Executive Opportunities – Engage Executive Talent

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 –

  • Refer – a – friend bonus, of £100.
  • Flexible, family friendly working schedules.
  • Rate of £70-£90 for sleep-in’s.
  • Well-being package, including access to free healthcare through medicash.
  • Discounted gym membership at the local leisure centre.
  • Free meals for the floor team members when on shift.
  • Enhanced maternity pay, 13 weeks full pay, paternity 2 weeks.
  • Team training fund. Apply for training to further your personal development.
  • Team support fund, offering a loan or free grant, £350 for each.
  • Reward through excellence program with cash incentives.
  • Free parking on all of our sites.
  • Double time paid on, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Easter Sunday
  • Time and a half paid St Patrick’s Day, May Day, 12th July and the last August Bank Holiday.
  • Saving scheme offered.
  • Company pension scheme.

What is a Personal Assistant (PA)

Personal Assistants (PA) perform a variety of tasks, including domestic and personal care, support to access community, or leisure and social activities. It’s an important role and can be an extremely rewarding career, as you will be supporting someone to live an independent, active personal and social life to the best of their abilities.

 

Why are Mainstay moving to Personal Assistants?

Mainstay are moving from Support Workers and Residential Works to PA’s, we are choosing to use the term personal assistance because it is less emotive than care and support worker and shows the person/client is in control of the assistance they receive.

JOB DESCRIPTION – Personal Assistant (PA)

Job Title: Personal Assistant (PA)

Location: Mainstay – Downpatrick Location will be determined on appointment. Please note that all team members may be subject to transfer between locations according to client’s needs.

Accountable to: Registered Manager of the service

Reports to: Senior of the service/Team Leader

Hours of work: Up to 40 hours per week (Work includes irregular hours e.g. daytime, evenings, weekends, split shifts. And will require regular waking night duty to meet the needs of our clients)

Salary: From £10.69-£11.61 per hour

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

Comprehensive training aligned to NISCC

Free meals while on shift (all frontline staff)

Support to gain market-leading qualifications

Mentoring and on the job training from our experienced team members

Auto enrolment pension

Free parking on all of our sites

Refer-a-friend bonuses

Employer funded Healthcare scheme (which includes savings on high street retail outlets and gym membership)

Annual Leave:  20 days per annum (plus an additional 3 days following 5 years’ service)

8 Bank Holidays per year

Job Purpose: To support Mainstay in delivering their vison for any individual with a profound and multiple learning disability to lead a happy, healthy, fulfilled life of independence within their local community. All whilst being given choice and support, enabling them to live their best life possible. As a PA you will ensure everyone is provided with choices and support to lead a happy, healthy independent life to the best of their abilities within their community.

Main tasks and responsibilities are:

Support ALL clients to live THEIR best lives!

Your overall responsibility will be to support the client not do for them, all clients will need different levels of support but your role is not to step in to do but to see how much they can do with support. Your role will involve being a client’s key worker, supporting them to set outcomes and goals for themselves and supporting them to achieve them. Below are some examples of tasks you may be asked to complete each day, however each and every one of our clients are individual and have a different level of support required so all their care and support plans will let you know what they need.

• Help with personal care, such as washing and dressing (although not all PA roles involve personal care)

• Support clients to manage their money and take responsibility for ensuring all finance related policies and procedures are adhered to.

• Support with the administration of medication

• Support clients to access community, social and leisure activities

• Help with household tasks, such as cleaning and laundry

• Helping/supporting preparing shopping list and preparing meals

• Support clients with their communication to help them overcome social exclusion

• Helping individuals to get to work, college or day care

• Assist clients to maintain relationships with family and friends

• Support clients to meet new people and develop new friendships

• To get about in the community, by providing transport, driving their car or using public transport

• To maintain hobbies and interests, like going to the cinema, gigs, swimming or going on holiday

• To support clients communicate their wants and needs

• To support clients become healthier after a physical illness, for example, through a better diet or more exercise.

Skills you will need

You will need to be able to develop a strong and trusting relationship with the person you are supporting and enjoy helping them to live life the way they choose. Your role is not to make decisions for them, but to help them live an independent life. A PA needs to be –

• Highly motivated, and committed to delivering service excellence

• Commitment to personal and professional development

• Can develop an approach to practice based on critical thinking, reflection and feedback

• Have the capacity and self-confidence to innovate

• Non-judgemental, with ability to empathise with clients

• Honest, trustworthy and respectful

• Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity

• Flexible, energetic, positive and calming disposition

• Resilient and self-caring

What we need from you

• Remember you are a professional Social Care worker and have signed up to the NISCC code of Standards and Practice

• To be punctual and demonstrate a strong teamwork ethic

• That you act in a professional way at all times

• Dedicate your time at work to supporting our clients

• Support your shift leader, team leader, senior and Managers to deliver a first class service for our clients and service users

• Partake in training to ensure personal and professional development and maintain the required level of training compliance

• Follow all Heath and Safety guidelines

• Take responsibility for your work

• Share your skills and knowledge to support the organisations ongoing development

Essential Criteria

• Experience working with or offering support a vulnerable client group

• Experience of providing personal care for vulnerable adults

• Ability to work under pressure • Excellent IT and report writing skills

• Ability to maintain accurate documentation

• Knowledge of social care and NISCC standards

 

Desirable Criteria

• NVQ Level 2 in Care or Equivalent qualifications (or willingness to work towards), or suitable experience

• NVQ level 3 in Care or Equivalent qualifications

• Experience of working in a supported living/residential/care organisation

• Experience of working with people who have a learning disability and/or autism

• Experience of administration of medication

• Full and Valid UK Driving License (or access to suitable transport to allow you to for fill the duties of the role)

NOTE This position is subject to an Enhanced Access NI check. Copies of the relevant policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders as well as the Access NI Code of Practice are available on request. Please note that having a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position with Mainstay.



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What is a Personal Assistant (PA)

Personal Assistants (PA) perform a variety of tasks, including domestic and personal care, support to access community, or leisure and social activities. It’s an important role and can be an extremely rewarding career, as you will be supporting someone to live an independent, active personal and social life to the best of their abilities.

 

Why are Mainstay moving to Personal Assistants?

Mainstay are moving from Support Workers and Residential Works to PA’s, we are choosing to use the term personal assistance because it is less emotive than care and support worker and shows the person/client is in control of the assistance they receive.

JOB DESCRIPTION – Personal Assistant (PA)

Job Title: Personal Assistant (PA)

Location: Mainstay – Downpatrick Location will be determined on appointment. Please note that all team members may be subject to transfer between locations according to client’s needs.

Accountable to: Registered Manager of the service

Reports to: Senior of the service/Team Leader

Hours of work: Up to 40 hours per week (Work includes irregular hours e.g. daytime, evenings, weekends, split shifts. And will require regular waking night duty to meet the needs of our clients)

Salary: £10.69 – £11.61

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

Comprehensive training aligned to NISCC

Free meals while on shift (all frontline staff)

Support to gain market-leading qualifications

Mentoring and on the job training from our experienced team members

Auto enrolment pension

Free parking on all of our sites

Refer-a-friend bonuses

Employer funded Healthcare scheme (which includes savings on high street retail outlets and gym membership)

Annual Leave:  20 days per annum (plus an additional 3 days following 5 years’ service)

8 Bank Holidays per year

Job Purpose: To support Mainstay in delivering their vison for any individual with a profound and multiple learning disability to lead a happy, healthy, fulfilled life of independence within their local community. All whilst being given choice and support, enabling them to live their best life possible. As a PA you will ensure everyone is provided with choices and support to lead a happy, healthy independent life to the best of their abilities within their community.

Main tasks and responsibilities are:

Support ALL clients to live THEIR best lives!

Your overall responsibility will be to support the client not do for them, all clients will need different levels of support but your role is not to step in to do but to see how much they can do with support. Your role will involve being a client’s key worker, supporting them to set outcomes and goals for themselves and supporting them to achieve them. Below are some examples of tasks you may be asked to complete each day, however each and every one of our clients are individual and have a different level of support required so all their care and support plans will let you know what they need.

• Help with personal care, such as washing and dressing (although not all PA roles involve personal care)

• Support clients to manage their money and take responsibility for ensuring all finance related policies and procedures are adhered to.

• Support with the administration of medication

• Support clients to access community, social and leisure activities

• Help with household tasks, such as cleaning and laundry

• Helping/supporting preparing shopping list and preparing meals

• Support clients with their communication to help them overcome social exclusion

• Helping individuals to get to work, college or day care

• Assist clients to maintain relationships with family and friends

• Support clients to meet new people and develop new friendships

• To get about in the community, by providing transport, driving their car or using public transport

• To maintain hobbies and interests, like going to the cinema, gigs, swimming or going on holiday

• To support clients communicate their wants and needs

• To support clients become healthier after a physical illness, for example, through a better diet or more exercise.

Skills you will need

You will need to be able to develop a strong and trusting relationship with the person you are supporting and enjoy helping them to live life the way they choose. Your role is not to make decisions for them, but to help them live an independent life. A PA needs to be –

• Highly motivated, and committed to delivering service excellence

• Commitment to personal and professional development

• Can develop an approach to practice based on critical thinking, reflection and feedback

• Have the capacity and self-confidence to innovate

• Non-judgemental, with ability to empathise with clients

• Honest, trustworthy and respectful

• Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity

• Flexible, energetic, positive and calming disposition

• Resilient and self-caring

What we need from you

• Remember you are a professional Social Care worker and have signed up to the NISCC code of Standards and Practice

• To be punctual and demonstrate a strong teamwork ethic

• That you act in a professional way at all times

• Dedicate your time at work to supporting our clients

• Support your shift leader, team leader, senior and Managers to deliver a first class service for our clients and service users

• Partake in training to ensure personal and professional development and maintain the required level of training compliance

• Follow all Heath and Safety guidelines

• Take responsibility for your work

• Share your skills and knowledge to support the organisations ongoing development

Essential Criteria

• Experience working with or offering support a vulnerable client group

• Experience of providing personal care for vulnerable adults

• Ability to work under pressure • Excellent IT and report writing skills

• Ability to maintain accurate documentation

• Knowledge of social care and NISCC standards

 

Desirable Criteria

• NVQ Level 2 in Care or Equivalent qualifications (or willingness to work towards), or suitable experience

• NVQ level 3 in Care or Equivalent qualifications

• Experience of working in a supported living/residential/care organisation

• Experience of working with people who have a learning disability and/or autism

• Experience of administration of medication

• Full and Valid UK Driving License (or access to suitable transport to allow you to for fill the duties of the role)

NOTE This position is subject to an Enhanced Access NI check. Copies of the relevant policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders as well as the Access NI Code of Practice are available on request. Please note that having a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position with Mainstay.



Apply Now

“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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