Personal Assistant Application Form Submission

Title *: Mrs.
First Name *:
Last Name *:
Address 1 *:
Address 2: Trehafod
Town *: Pontypridd
County *: Rhondda Cynon Taff
Postcode *: CF37 
Phone number *:
Please enter your email address for submission confirmation. *:
Reference number of job being applied for *:
I confirm that I have the right to work in the UK and am able to prove my eligibility status when required to do so. *: Yes
Please read the Job Description carefully before providing information in this Section of the Application Form. Give details of your previous employment or experience which you think would help you to do this job. *: For over 20 years I have worked in the care industry, initially unqualified and then from 2010 as a registered general nurse. Prior to doing my training I worked initially in residential and nursing homes which was as much about providing socialisation as personal care and then in Accident and Emergency. Since qualifying I have worked in medical rehab, including a year on the stroke rehabilitation ward. As part of the job it is our responsibility to encourage people to regain and maintain their independence, even when it would be easier and quicker for us to help them. Within rehabilitation it is important to recognise the difference between when somebody cant do something and when they dont want to do it. I have built therapeutic relationships with patients to be able to recognise and explore with them obstacles to their rehabilitation. It is also important to recognise if somebodies mood is dropping and whether it is just a bad day, which we are all entitled to, or the start of something chronic. On the rehabilitation wards it is important to build therapeutic relationships as the patients are on the ward for prolonged lengths, some even have to come to terms with the loss of their own home and elements of independence.
What qualities do you think are important when working as a personal assistant with a disabled person? *: I think when working with anyone it is important to respect their autonomy, this can be especially important when working with somebody with a disability because society doesn’t always recognise that disabled people have autonomy. You also need to be confident but not overbearing, to be able to advocate for them, if they need it, so they don’t suffer discrimination or harassment. It is important to be self-aware and find ways of supporting the person when they are potentially making dangerous or ill-advised choices, that support could be explaining the dangers in language that they understand, all the time taking into consideration any cognitive impairments and capacity. It is important to add that although someone may not be deemed to have capacity for money doesn’t mean they don’t have capacity to make decisions about everything else. It is also imperative to remain objective about the activity just because I believe it to be unwise doesn’t necessarily mean it is. You also need to be self-assured enough to admit when you are wrong and take advice from them. Ultimately it is very important to treat them as a person not a disability. Everyone deserves respect, to be treated with dignity and to be listened to.
How do you think you can contribute towards the needs and the independence of a disabled person? *: I believe that I can empower them to become as independent as they can be at a specific time. Independence can range from empowering someone to brush their own teeth to having the confidence to go into a retail environment and chose and pay for their own shopping with as little or as much support as they need. I also recognise that every day is different and just because they can do it one day doesn’t mean they can every day, I would then support them to do as much of the task as they can and then help them to complete it. Through appropriate humour and encouragement I would hope to increase their confidence to achieve their goals. I am approachable and non-judgemental and believe I can put people at ease when performing potentially awkward tasks. I also recognise that everyone has a bad day and sometimes firmer encouragement is needed to achieve things, this is always done respectfully and holistically.
What is it about PA work which appeals to you? *: After working in areas where I am responsible for looking after multiple people at one time I am excited to work one to one and give someone my full attention. While working on rehabilitation wards I have enjoyed working with the patients to meet their potential. I also relish the idea that the person that is receiving the support is dictating the terms. The work that is being done is at their pace not to meet arbitrary government targets, obviously taking into consideration compulsory regulations such as health and safety. I need job satisfaction and to teach my children that you need to work to live but it doesn’t have to leach onto everything.
What are your hobbies/interests?: Being a single mum of two children most of my hobbies revolve around them. We spend lots of time doing crafts and making a mess when at home. Normally, when not in lockdown, my evenings are spent as taxi for after school activities for the children. I do enjoy reading in the evenings and watching Netflix. Prior to having the children I had a season ticket at the football and rode a motorbike.
Would you consider a casual position if you are unsuccessful with this job? *: Yes
Do you drive? *: Yes
Are you a vehicle owner? *: No
Do you smoke? *: No
Are you able to undertake training? *: Yes
What days/nights are you able to work, or prefer to work? *: I can work monday to friday. If working in or around Pontypridd I can work 8.30-3, further out the time will have to be adapted.
Are there any circumstances which would prevent you from providing cover or swapping a shift? *: Yes
If you would like to expand on the answers given above? Please use the box below.: The reason I am unemployed at the moment is due to childcare. The hospital is unable to facilitate school hours long term so after being on the redeployment list for 12 weeks my contract was mutually terminated. During school holidays and inset days there would have been time for me to make alternative childcare arrangements for my children. Although I don’t have a car at the moment when I receive my last pay from the trust I will be buying a car which will be insured appropriately. Unless it is during school hours I would have problems swapping at very short notice but could potentially do something with a few days notice.

Is there is any such information you wish to disclose, relating to any cautions or convictions which will appear on your mandatory DBS check? *: No/
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I agree that there is nothing which would prevent me from doing this job. *: Yes
I consent to the above *: Yes
I agree that the information I provide will be posted to the Dewis CIL PA noticeboard (all personal information will be withheld).: Yes
What geographical area’s are you able to cover?: Until I get a car only Trehafod and Pontypridd When I have a car anywhere in RCT
How many hours of work can you offer per week?: 30
Please indicate the approximate times that you are available for work throughout the week.: Monday AM/Monday PM/Tuesday AM/Tuesday PM/Wednesday AM/Wednesday PM/Thursday AM/Thursday PM/Friday AM/Friday PM/
Further Information: I can not start before 08.30 and have to finish by 15.00