Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership
Care and Support Worker x 10
Salary: £18,860 – £21,828 (pro rata for part time)
Hours: Various full time and part time posts available
Castle Crags is a care and support service for adults with Learning Disabilities who have complex needs relating to Autism and/or who have high behavioural support needs including those which regularly challenge. It is a regulated service which is registered to provide Day Support and Short Breaks (respite) from our management hub in Craigmillar and we provide Housing Support with Care at Home across the city supporting individuals to live in their own tenancies.
We are seeking experienced care staff to join our team and develop their skills using Positive Behaviour Support approaches. We also invest in our staff to gain the formal qualifications required for registration with SSSC.
The posts will include occasional non-standard working hours including evenings and weekends as part of a planned rota system.
Part time hours and flexible working arrangements may be negotiable.
This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check prior to a formal offer of employment being made by the City of Edinburgh Council.
It is a condition of this post that you are Registered with the Scottish Social services Council (SSSC). If you are not registered with the SSSC when taking up this post you have six months from the date of your employment to do so.
Our salary range typically reflects the initial starting salary and annually increases until it reaches the top of the range. For roles in grade 5 or above, annual increments in our contribution zones are dependent on achieving agreed performance goals.
About our service.
What services are provided?
We provide; Housing Support & Care at Home
Short Breaks (Residential Respite Care)
Where are the services located?
Castle Cragsis in South East Edinburgh (Craigmillar) and is a purpose-built facility opened in 2015. The building houses a Day Supportservice for up to 32 service users and a “care home” residential Short Breaks(respite care) service supporting 6 service users at any one time from a wider population of around 50 individuals. Castle Crags is the “management hub” for the array of services provided.
Forthviewshort breaks (respite care) is provided from a building in Currie and supports up to 3 adults who have slightly less complex support needs. It is registered as part of Castle Crags (short breaks) and is directly supported from Castle Crags management hub.
Housing Support with Care at Home is a city-wide service which supports individuals to live in their own home. We presently support individuals throughout the City of Edinburgh. The service is co-ordinated from our Castle Crags management hub.
Who uses the services?
All of the services provided are for adults with Learning Disabilities.This means we support people from the age of 16 and there is no upper age limit. In addition;
Castle Crags and Housing Support with Care at Home;provide support to individuals who have complex care needs and require intensive support, including people with challenging behaviour, autism spectrum disorder, mental health needs, offending behaviour, or a combination of these.
What is complex care?
The City of Edinburgh Council considers adults with a learning disability to be ‘complex’ if:
they present chronic or episodic challenging behaviours, are workforce intensive, require intervention from two or more agencies, could pose a risk to themselves and/or others, and have specific needs for which there is no sustainable “ordinary” community support system available.
What training and development is provided?
All staff are provided with a nine day “Essential Learning for Care” induction program.
In addition to this we provide training to staff on Positive Behaviour Support, with both in house training and external accredited training presently provided by BILD accredited organisation CALM.
We provide service user specific training on a variety of augmented communication techniques.
We support staff to attain the required qualifications to meet registration with SSSC for the role they are employed for.
All staff will have their own ongoing training programme.
What staff support is provided?
All of the services have regular team meetings, and regular supervision. During induction staff should receive an increased level of supervision.
We have clear stress management, incident management, and debriefing processes, to support staff through difficult and challenging experiences. We also have in-house workplace wellbeing activities run by and for our own staff. This is in addition to City of Edinburgh Councils Workforce wellbeing initiatives and Employee Assistance Programme.
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