Care Assistant

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2018-02-12 Care Homes Job Title: Care Assistant

Job Setting: Care Home / Nursing Home

Job Role: Carer / Care Assistant / Care Support Worker

Date Posted: 12 Jan 2018

Job Location: Lewisham , London

Salary: £8.07 to £8.59 per hour £8.07ph+10%night rate unqualified, £8.59+10% night qualified

Hours: Full Time

Contact Name: Jenni Hunt

Job Reference:


Care Assistant (Nights) Glebe Court @ Morton House

Working Hours:30 hours

Details: Flexible working rota, including weekends and bank holidays.

Benefits: 25 days annual leave + 8 bank holidays (pro rata for part-time) a contributory pension scheme; season ticket loan; Childcare Voucher Scheme; and an employee assistance programme.

Job Summary:

  • Help each resident enjoy the highest possible quality of life, surrounded by love, friendship and support within a Christian environment
  • Help to deliver excellent person-centred care

Main Relationships Internal

Care, cleaning and catering staff.

Main Relationships External

Relatives and friends of residents.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Quality of Care
    1. Contribute to person-centred assessment planning, implementation and review.
    2. Put into practice person-centred care recognising the special needs residents with dementia.
    3. Fulfil the role of key worker for allocated residents.
    4. Support independence in the tasks of daily living.
    5. Promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
  2. Providing Care
    1. Share in person-centred assessment planning implementation and review.
    2. Recognise, respect and support the social-emotional and identity needs and spiritual well being of residents, and deliver suitable activities in response to this.
    3. Remain alert and attentive to the needs of residents throughout the shift to ensure that their needs are met at all times.
    4. Enable interaction and communication recognising the special needs residents with dementia.
    5. Ensure that your own actions support the care protection and well being of residents.
    6. Help address the physical comfort needs of residents.
    7. Support residents with their personal care needs and to manage continence.
    8. Provide support for mobility and contribute to moving and handling residents.
    9. Support residents to monitor their own health care needs including supporting the use of medication and administer if trained and qualified,
    10. Support residents in journeys to and from the home if required.
    11. Engage with residents to participate in recreational and development activities including those outside of the home.
    12. Provide food and drink to residents and if necessary assist them in eating and drinking.
    13. Respond to residents’ refreshment requests throughout the shift and in accordance with their individual care plans to ensure that their needs are met at all times.
    14. Support residents who are distressed. Remain respectful and caring at all times despite distress reaction behaviour which may be shown by some residents.
    15. Support residents at the end of their life
  3. Recording
    1. Observe, monitor and record the condition of residents, reporting as required.
    2. Communicate with and complete records for residents including contributing to care plans.
    3. Receive and pass on messages and information.
  4. General
    1. Support the health and safety of yourself and residents, complying with relevant legislation and Salvation Army procedures.
    2. Attend and participate in staff meetings.
    3. Participate in Supervision and Appraisal.
    4. Share in a flexible rolling rota.
    5. Develop your knowledge and practice through training that has been provided.
    6. Follow the guidance set out in the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England. (or Scottish and N.I Equivalent)
    7. Work positively as a member of the team ensuring effective and harmonious relationships are maintained with all members of staff.
    8. The post holder must comply with the Salvation Army’s dress code.
    9. Undertake other duties as deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of operations and fulfil The Salvation Army’s mission.

Job Challenges

  • Maintaining a high level of care even when a resident may not be able to express themselves and may be resistant to care practices.
  • Remaining respectful when residents express distress reactions.
  • Attempting to maintain a good level of care when there are occasional staff shortages.
  • Maintain good communication with staff and residents from different cultures.


Flexibility Clause:

This is a description of the job as it is constituted at the date shown. It is the practice of The Salvation Army to examine job descriptions, to periodically update them and ensure that they relate to the job being performed, or to incorporate any proposed changes.

In these circumstances, it will be the aim to reach agreement on reasonable changes, but if agreement is not possible, The Salvation Army reserves the right to make changes to this job description following consultation.

The closing date for this role is 28th February 2018.


  • Providing care for older people
  • Must be able to establish and maintain constructive relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Must have good people skills
  • Must have sufficient numeracy and literacy skills to complete Care Plans accurately and clearly.
  • A basic understanding of the needs of older people.
  • Appropriate Social Care or Nursing Qualification achieved equivalent NVQ2 in Care or working towards Level 2 Diploma in Care.
  • Moving and Handling
  • Food Hygiene
  • First Aid
  • Dementia
  • Must be prepared to work flexibly in order to achieve the objectives of the role.

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