Job Reference: MARBPASRPL0923

Practice Leader - (MARB & PASR)

St Austell

Salary: £12.50 + additional 40p for complexity/PBS

Hours: 37.5

Closing Date: 11/11/2023

Job Description

This is a multi service post.

Havencare Homes and Support Limited is a forward-thinking and growing charity.  We have been making a difference for 35 years, changing the lives of people who have learning disabilities, autism, brain injuries, and other support needs. Our big aims include every person having a home that is right for them, and support for the life they choose.

At Havencare we don’t think that experience is everything, first and foremost we are looking for outstanding people with outstanding values that align with our values of Transparency, Quality and Engagement.

About the Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic, resilient, and forward-thinking person for the role of Practice Leader within Supported Living Cornwall to support ‘B’ who lives in his own home in St Austell and ‘R’ who lives in his own home in Sr Agnes. 

You will work on-shift, leading your team in outstanding practice. You will lead the principles of “nothing about me without me”, ensuring the supported person’s voice (behaviours, expressions, actions, words) is heard, and they are leading their support planning, delivery, and review.

To help you decide if this opportunity is right for you, here is a bit more about you and them and the type of Practice Leader they are looking for …

About You:

Knowing these young men well we feel that patient and calm natured people would work best.

Someone that is happy to sit quietly with them, and at times someone that will use techniques to engage them in activities.

Someone that can support sensory diet and facilitate visual aids to improve communication. Experience and understanding individuals that can become distressed, with a sound knowledge of the functions of behaviours and PBS delivery is ESSENTIAL. Analysing behavioural data to inform you and your team to be confident in trying new ways to support. A robust and methodical leader who is not afraid to be an active team player while coordinating structure and routine for both ‘B’ and ‘R’. 

Driven to continuously improve provision and performance of your team to enable these young men to direct their lives by having opportunity, choice and control regardless of capacity.

About ‘B’:

‘B’ requires 1:1 support throughout the day to meet his needs. Due to the levels of distress ‘B’ can experience, 2:1 is required when accessing the community to help him feel safe as new places, dogs and people cause him frustrations and distresses. Helping him to build his confidence and work on strategies to manage such situations.

Support with planning meals, medication administration and most importantly develop relationships with his family to support his emotional wellbeing.

Spending the day on the log flume at Camel Creek excites him. Driving in his car is vitally important to him. He fulfils his day seeking out different sensory experiences. He adores his family. He is creative and will find a need for any object within his creativity. He struggles to part with things and needs your help to keep his home uncluttered and safe.  He is autistic and has delayed development and barriers with communication that can cause him distress. He benefits from structure and planned routines.

Knowing ‘B’ well we feel that patient and calm natured people would work best. Someone that is happy to sit quietly with him, someone that will use techniques to engage him in activities. Someone that will work towards encouraging him to explore his local community. Someone that can support his sensory diet.

‘B’ requires overnight support as he can struggle with sleep and can become distressed at nighttime. Once settled he will need his team to help him to adopt strategies to promote settled night routines.

‘B’s’ home is part of a ‘supported lifestyles’ model, where he benefits from access to a shared hub space where he likes to chill, watch TV and use the space for art activities.

About ‘R’

He is a young autistic man, he is full of fun and vitality and who enjoys nothing more than being out all day everyday – he is very active! Can you walk for miles to keep up with him? He likes being outdoors come rain or shine.

He is up for all adventures to include paddle boarding, zip wiring and wall climbing.

‘R ‘ has a passion for cars, trains and buses. He is a sociable young man who struggles at times with boundaries and needs consistency and patience to support his understanding that not everyone is his friend – shop staff and transport staff all know him well and will often give a cheerful wave and tell him their names.

He really enjoys the opportunity to travel by train or bus to various places each week.

‘R’ attends a farm placement with his support staff weekly and is supported to do so.

‘R’ attends an outdoor adventure centre each a week with his support staff where he rock-climbs, abseils and zip-wired, and even in the warmer months jumping off the pontoon into the quarry.

‘R’ thrives from having structure and routine, knowing what he is doing each day and who he will see is very important to him. Planning with him and using various ways to communicate his week with him is vital.

He sees the world around him as unpredictable and sometimes frightening. The team know things that cause him to be anxious and understand and support any behaviours that cause him distress.

‘R’ has an infectious personality and has a busy week with his team. During the day ‘R’ is supported by 2 staff to ensure he is able to remain safe while accessing the community to get then best from his days

If you share the passion to improve lives and opportunities, then this could be a great opportunity for you to work in an environment that cares about people supporting people.

‘B and R’ are happy to be supported by both males and females. They both have access to their own vehicles, so a clean driving license would be beneficial.

The working pattern would be:

This will post requires weekday, weekend, morning, afternoons and evenings.  We facilitate a 2-week rolling pattern for continuity of delivery.

‘B’s’ support delivery begins at 9am through to 10pm. 2:1 shift is currently 11am-7pm but is constantly being reviewed to meet his needs and support the activities he likes to engage with.

‘R’s’ support delivery begins at 8am through to 11pm. He has someone sleep at his home with him overnight. 2:1 shift is currently 9am-5pm but is constantly being reviewed to meet his needs and support the activities he likes to engage with.

If you are the right person to support “B” and “R”, we will provide you with:

  • Quality training and development opportunities to maintain and enhance your skills and knowledge
  • Free 24/7 confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support your health and wellbeing
  • Big financial rewards through our Refer a Friend Scheme
  • Vouchers at Christmas, your work anniversary, and your birthday
  • Paid DBS
  • Annual pay of £25,155 plus sleeping rate and the opportunity to earn overtime.
  • …and more!

Essential for the role:

  • Full UK driver’s license and have use of a car.
  • This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and subscription to the Update Service; right to work in the UK and two satisfactory references.

Closing Date: The closing date for this vacancy is 11th November 2023. Applications will be considered as and when received.

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