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Brothers of Charity Services
South East

South East - Vacancies

Temporary Part-Time

Social Work

Waterford City, County Waterford, Ireland

Qualifications and Particulars of Employment
1.         Tenure of Employment
The post is temporary part time (39 hours per fortnight with up to 5 sleepovers) to cover the leave of a permanent employee. Compulsory retirement age is 70 years.

2.    Qualifications and Experience
Essential Qualification required:
Hold one of the HSE approved qualification- see below if you don’t hold 1 of the below you will not be shortlisted. The successful Social Care Worker candidates must have the following:
•    OOI Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Disability) - Open Training College; 
•    Level 7 award in Social Care/Studies delivered by an Institute of Technology, DIT or National University of Ireland; 
•    A qualification received outside the State recognised by NARIC as relevant and equivalent to the Irish Level 7 awards mentioned above. 
The successful candidate must also:
•    Have excellent communication skills.
•    Have the ability to listen and respond to the needs of people who use services. 
•    Have the ability to be innovative and creative and work on one’s own initiative.
•    Be computer literate.
•    Possess a full clean manual category B Irish driving licence.
•    Have 12 months’ experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities.
•    Recognise the equal rights of persons with intellectual disabilities in society and uphold and respect those rights.
        Experience of working as a member of a team is essential.

3.    Remuneration
Salary Scale (full time) – Social Care Worker 
€36,945, €38,472, €40,352, €41,727, €43,118, €44,515, €45,934, €47,375, €48,806, €50,264, €51,743, €52,720 LSI
All new entrants to the Public Service will start at the first point of this scale.
*Successful candidates are required to submit all documentary evidence outlining any relevant experience within 3 months of starting date.  Failure to do so will mean that any incremental credit due will be paid from date of submission of documents.

4.    The normal working fortnight will be 39 hours per fortnight with up to 5 sleepover  however; flexible hours, including weekends, evenings, nights, waking cover and sleepovers may be required. Starting and finishing times will be notified to, and agreed with, the appointee from time to time by the Team Leader/Services Manager.   The Brothers of Charity Services model of service is based on Personal Outcome Measures requiring employees’ to be flexible in their working hours to provide a quality service delivery for each individual. 

5.    Health
The successful candidate must be free from any defect or disease, which would render him/her unsuitable to hold the appointment, and must be in a state of health as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.  To satisfy this qualification, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination by the Occupational Health Nurse/Physician.  The candidate will be liable for the cost of the medical examination.

6.    Duties
The general duties of the appointment are as described in the attached Job Description.

7.    A short list of candidates to attend before the Selection Board will be prepared by the selection Board from an examination of statements of qualifications furnished by the candidates.

8.   The Line Manager will notify the successful candidate of the mandatory/compulsory courses/training which employees are obliged to attend.  Mandatory training, for example, manual handling, health and safety courses etc., form part of the conditions of employment along with the Organisation’s statutory obligation. 
9.    Note re Canvassing
Any attempt by candidates themselves or by any person(s) acting at their instigation directly or indirectly, by means of written communication or otherwise to canvass or otherwise influence in the candidate’s favour any member of the staff of Brothers of Charity Services South East or person nominated to interview or examine applicants, will automatically disqualify the candidates for the position they are seeking.

*A panel may be formed for Permanent/ Temporary Part Time vacancies for the Waterford Services for a period of 6 months.

Informal enquiries are welcome to contact Terry Brophy, Parkside Services Manager who's details are available on our website https://careers.brothersofcharity.ie  (051 833500 or )

Closing Date for receipt of completed Applications Forms/CV’s on-line is  10th March 2024

Shortlisting of candidates is on the basis of the information contained in their application form & CV

The Brothers of Charity Services Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

Job Description
Title:                           Temporary part time Team Member (Social Care Worker Grade), Parkside Services.
Reports to:                  Parkside Services Manager or such other authorised person as may be designated.
Accountable to:           Regional Services Manager – Waterford Services

The Congregation of the Brothers of Charity is a religious voluntary organisation, founded in 1807 by Canon Peter Triest, to provide a Christian response to a variety of needs in society.  

The core values of our services have always been the dignity and humanity of each person.  How these are expressed has evolved over time with our greater understanding of the rights of all people with a disability, with the changing hopes and expectations of the individuals and families with whom we work, and with the growing expertise of all associated with our services.

The post holder will be required to take an active part in ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the Service reflect the ethos and vision of the Brothers of Charity Services and HIQA Standards and that all co-workers are meeting the needs of the people who use services therein.  

The person appointed should have the ability to participate proactively as a member of a team and contribute positively to the ongoing development of effective teamwork.

The person appointed will work as a member of the team in Parkside Services facilitating the choices of and delivering supports to people who use services enabling residents to live independently.  Activities such as independent living skills, community integration, personal development, occupational and leisure activities will be utilised within the context of a person centred approach to service provision.

Subject to the agreed policies and procedures of the Brothers of Charity Services South East the person appointed shall:-
Advocacy & Rights
1    Respect each individual supported by the services as an equal citizen.
2    Uphold and respect the human, legal and constitutional rights of each individual supported by the services, recognising their individuality and equality, and empowering them to grow, thereby achieving the highest possible level of personal autonomy.
3    Facilitate, encourage and develop the choice and decision making skills of each individual supported by the services.
4    Facilitate, encourage and develop the self-advocacy skills of and opportunities for involvement in advocacy for individuals supported by the services.

Person Centred Support for Living
5    Ensure a person centred approach to service delivery 
6    In the context of the individual person centred plans support individuals supported by the services with aspects of individual and group service responses including:
§    Occupation and leisure activities 
§    Communication
§    Behaviour support plans
§    Independent living skills
§    Social Integration and the use of community facilities
§    Personal Care
§    Personal Development

7    Act as a “Key Worker” for specific individuals. 
8    Take the lead in developing and implementing person centred plans for those individuals for whom you act as key worker.
9    Develop and implement appropriate training, leisure, social, and personal activities for individuals within the service area.
10    Facilitate individuals to actively participate and integrate into the community, through the use of generic community facilities. 
11    Ensure that all behaviour support plans that are put in place by the Multidisciplinary Team are carried out and adhered to.
12    Foster, encourage and develop the self-help and social skills of each individual so as to achieve the highest possible degree of personal autonomy. 
13    Ensure that individuals who are supported by the services have an awareness of required personal hygiene and personal appearance standards and support them in attaining such standards.  This may include the participation in and support of individualised personal hygiene programmes.
14    Facilitate and encourage participation of individuals supported by the services in recreational and leisure activities.
15    Contribute to and participate in social and recreational activities of individuals supported by the services and liaise as appropriate with the Social & Recreational Department.
16    Achieve competency in driving the assigned transport and participate in transport duties as required.
17    Encourage and promote each individual’s full participation in their home while at the same time ensuring that their home and its environs are maintained to acceptable standards
18    Encourage and promote the involvement of each individual who is supported by the services in the prudent management of his/her personal monies
19    Encourage and promote the participation of each individual supported by the services in buying, preparing, cooking of meals and packed lunches as required.
20     Ensure that the religious and pastoral needs of each individual are adequately supported.
21    Organise and participate in holidays for each individual who is supported by the services where required.
22    Administer prescribed medications and maintain all required records in keeping with Brothers of Charity Services policy.
23    Assist the Residential Team Leader and Services Manager in Dun Aoibhinn services ensuring that practices within the house are person centred and are in line with value based practices.
24    Co-ordinate community living programmes for individuals supported by the services.
25    In consultation with individuals supported by the service, be responsible for the development and implementation of person centred plans and ensure that the needs identified are properly addressed. 
26    Ensure that individuals personal clothing is looked after and cared for and that the household and bed linen is changed and laundered regularly.
27    Ensure that each individual who is supported by the services attend at the appropriate day centre.

Management and Leadership
28    Be responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of all individuals supported by the services.
29    Be responsible for the safe use and care of equipment and report faulty equipment etc., as it arises.
30    Be familiar with and ensure that policies, procedures and codes of practice of the Services are adhered to.
31    Ensure that all records in relation to individuals supported by the services are up to date, correctly filed and managed as per the service’s records management system.
32    Report all accident/incidents and take appropriate action.
33    Utilise efficiently the transport services available to the service area and advise the appropriate staff on transport needs.
34    Provide active support and assistance to the residential respite team and where necessary to provide one on one supervision.  The attendance and performance of staff and students assigned to the house to be monitored and managed and concerns reported as necessary to the Services Manager.
35    Participate with the Team Leader / services manager in the rostering of staff.  Ensure that rosters for permanent and locum staff are organised to provide adequate supervision.
36    Ensure that all staff take their annual leave entitlement within the annual leave year.
37    Lead, develop and participate fully with the implementation of the team based approach to Performance Management and the Strategic Plan.
38    Take responsibility for the development and implementation of behavioural support plans.
39    Take responsibility in the absence of the Team Leader.
40    Be aware of staff engaging with all plans, policies and protocols. If this is not occurs identify this with the staff member immediately and report to the team leader.
41    Ensure that all members of the team are aware of and adhere to any behavioural support plans put in place.
42    In accordance with Health Act 2007 and HIQA Regulations and Standards, ensure the legislation requirements are adhered to by continuous monitoring, inspection and audit of the designated centres.
43    As a member of the HIQA Services Team ensure the necessary requirements of the registration process are in place to achieve the Certificate of Registration for the designated 

Money and Budgets
44    Ensure that all petty cash and the personal monies of people who use services are properly accounted for.
45    Be responsible for maintaining a petty cash float, keeping relevant records and ensuring that accounts are checked and balanced. 
46    Ensure that goods and services received are prudently used for purposes intended, and that all such goods and services are properly accounted for.
47    Assist the Services Manager in the preparation and monitoring of budgets.
48    To be responsible for the house accounts, which include custody of monies, managing income and expenditure, petty cash and individuals personal monies.  These accounts are to balanced and checked at the end of each shifts.  At the end of each month these records having been double checked and correct are submitted to the services office for processing.

49    Organise and attend in regular staff meetings where all aspects of the service area are discussed with a view to maintaining high standards.  
50    Promote open communication among staff and good levels of staff morale.
51    Co-operate and develop and maintain effective working relationships with:
People who use services and their families
All other staff involved in the provision of both residential and day services
Families, visitors, volunteers and other such personnel who visit 
52    Operate effectively as a member of the multi-disciplinary team in promoting the best interests of the individuals in the service area. 
53    Encourage families of people who use services to develop their involvement in the ongoing development of the person.
54    Report all matters of concern immediately to the Team Leader or Services Manager.
55    Organise, attend and participate fully in meetings as required e.g. Person Centred Planning meetings, Service Area reviews, team meetings.  Record meetings in line with agreed procedures.
56    Actively participate in developing and maintaining good relationships with local residents and community organisations.
57    Actively participate and help to maintain good relationships between each person who uses services, their families and volunteers.
58    Ensure that all members of the team are aware of and adhere to any behavioural support plans put in place.
59    Develop and participate fully with the implementation of a team based performance management approach to achieving the goals of the Services’ strategic plan.

Training and Development
60    Be informed of current developments in services for people with intellectual disabilities e.g. Person Centred Planning, Personal Outcome Measures, Human Rights and Citizenship.
61    Attend and contribute appropriately at lectures, courses and meetings as required and share information and knowledge gained with colleagues.
62    Be responsible for identifying personal training and development needs and communicating them to the line manager.
63    Attend mandatory training courses and achieve required standard.

Health and Safety
64    Be conscious of health and safety matters in the work place and in particular to comply with employees’ obligations as set out in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 and to ensure that the procedures set out in the Safety Statement are implemented at all times.
65    Carry out regular safety audits and fire drills.
66    Be conversant with existing fire regulations and emergency procedures and participate in the implementation of same.  Make people who use services aware, in so far as possible, of Fire Drill procedures.
67    Ensure equipment is properly operated and maintained.
68    Report accidents/irregularities or other matters of safety concern to the Services Manager or in her/his absence to the Regional Services Manager or such person as the Employing Authority may designate.
69    Identify risk, assess and document appropriately. 

Employees are expected to have a high level of flexibility and a willingness and ability to develop new approaches to their work. Duties and responsibilities of any post in the Services are likely to change with the ongoing needs and developments of the Services. Employees will therefore be required to carry out such other duties appropriate to their employment as may be assigned to him/her from time to time.  

In the course of the employment the post holder may have access to, or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of people who use services and/or staff, or other health service business.  Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning people who use services, staff, or other health service business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty.  In addition, records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.

The Brothers of Charity Services is an equal opportunities employer