CDF114 To request further information or to arrange an interview please Click here Personal Assistant Application Form Submission Title *: Mrs.First Name *: Last Name *: Address 1 *: Address 2: Town *: CardiffCounty *: CardiffPostcode *: 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. *: My current part time role as a care and support worker for Q Care has allowed me to work with a diverse population many of whom have complex needs. During my work I enjoy caring and supporting people within the community whilst in their own homes and consistently demonstrate empathy and compassion. I am particularly mindful of the need for people to lead fulfilling lives whilst retaining their dignity at all times. I have been successful in caring for some people nearing the end of their lives and it has been rewarding to be able to support and care for those most in need making them comfortable and calm whilst ensuring their nutritional and medication needs are appropriately met. My duties have also included administrative tasks such as completing relevant charts, contacting nurses, continence and pharmacy teams. I am also a part time PA for a lady living with Parkinsons and understand the need for medication to be prompted on time along with the need to provide a well thought out, balanced, nutritious and wholesome diet as well as monitoring hydration needs. I work as part of a double handed team always working whilst mindful of the health and safety and dignity of the person I am help care for and support. I also plan activities and ensure the daily diary is completed accurately. Activities include flower arranging, board games, reading and current affairs. I pay particular attention to detail regarding appearance and cleanliness ensuring all those I care for and support are well looked after, treated with absolute dignity, kindness and respect. I understand the need to work well as part of a team whilst keeping a professional distance. My previous longstanding role included monitoring, compiling and analyzing progression and performance data as and when required to prepare reports. I consistently and effectively liaised with Legal Advisers, Social Workers, Magistrates, District Judges, Police, Court Clerks, the Judiciary and clients in the implementation of their case roles. I ensured compliance was reached within administrative teams to ensure best practice was adopted and followed. My daily operations included capturing progression data from courts and multiple agencies. During the course of each day I worked with others including many diverse and vulnerable clients ensuring each and every person was treated with respect and courtesy whilst emotionally supporting them when necessary. Many of those whom I have supported have mental health and substance misuse issues and I have ensured at all times that appropriate behaviours were exhibited by myself in order to support those in need. I have been rewarded with many emails and letters of appreciation all of which were gratefully received. I have been trained to MSc level and understand what the complex needs of many for whom I have cared for and support. What qualities do you think are important when working as a personal assistant with a disabled person? *: Having met and exceeded all targets set before me within my recent roles along with my strong skill set, desire to work collaboratively and innovatively and genuine interest in taking on a responsible and interesting role I consistently display enthusiasm, respect and commitment in my approach when interacting with others, giving assurance by demonstrating knowledge whilst expressing quiet confidence. I have well honed listening skills, engage well with others, understand diversity and equality issues and appreciate the value of different opinions, views and ideas by utilizing them to create a harmonious and prosperous environment. I am willing and able to delegate, direct and guide whilst exhibiting sensitivity and respect for others. I convey strength whilst engaging with others, showing honesty and integrity. I consistently strive to communicate with clarity and conviction and enjoy working as part of a team. I am able to listen and take instructions from others. When identifying problems, I contribute in order to solve them by adhering to policy and if necessary implementing change as I believe that fresh, new and innovative ideas are what any organisation needs to evolve. Alongside this, I provide support and knowledge to colleagues and clients informing them of changes and the reasons behind why they have been introduced. Reviewing what is needed to complete any task efficiently and effectively and suggesting ways to further develop is key to improvement which is what I have been involved with in my various roles to date whilst scrutinising and driving forward in order to achieve further improvement. The qualities I consider important when working as a personal assistant with a disabled person is first and foremost listening to the voice of the disabled person and ensuring I clearly understand their true needs. Taking time to engage well through which ever medium is best suited to the client is key, ability to remain calm and focused whilst interacting with the client who may at times feel frustrated and unwell. The ability to gather information in a respectful and calm manner is also important. It is also important to remain cheerful and positive with the ability to provide various ideas for daily living such as planning menus, activities and trips. Attention to detail is important in particular regarding medication and completion of charts as well as making sure there is clear engagement with other PAs and support workers thereby allowing everyone to work in a system. How do you think you can contribute towards the needs and the independence of a disabled person? *: I am respectful, calm, concise, work well alone and/or as part of a team and always put the needs of the person I care for first. I am vigilant and ensure questions are asked and queries raised when and where necessary. I am aware of the need to manage needs proficiently in particular the management of medication whilst accurately recording all tasks completed. I am a fairly quiet individual and enjoy listening to others. I have been caring for people for over twenty five years including my own father and step father both of whom were double handed care. I have also worked as part of a mental health team and understand how to manage the needs of those exhibiting complex behaviours. What is it about PA work which appeals to you? *: I enjoy working as a PA as this role enables me to work hours to suit my own needs. I enjoy the diverse nature of the job and particularly enjoy helping others live life to the best of their abilities with the solid support of a capable, kind and supportive PA. I enjoy spending time with others whilst helping them thrive and truly understand the difficulties many of the most vulnerable and elderly are facing each day. I find it enjoyable to work as part of a small team helping others get the best out of life and enjoy the challenges of trying to get things done where others have at times said it is nigh on impossible. What are your hobbies/interests?: My hobbies and interests include reading, current affairs, flower arranging, sewing, cookery, dog walking and cinema trips. I also am really happy when spending time with my family. Would you consider a casual position if you are unsuccessful with this job? *: No Do you drive? *: Yes Are you a vehicle owner? *: Yes Do you smoke? *: No Are you able to undertake training? *: Yes What days/nights are you able to work, or prefer to work? *: I am able to work Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and could fit in other hours around my current PA commitment which is in total 26 hours per week. 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.: I am committed as a PA for 26 hours per week 8 of these hours are during the daytime (2 hours over 4 days) and 3 night sits each week. I am able to liaise with my current PA employer to negotiate working hour if I am offered another PA contract. My work with Q.Care is based on a zero hours contract and remains limited with only a minimal number of hours being taken each week. Name *: Job Title *: Address *: Phone Number *: In what capacity do you know this person (should not be a family member)? *: Name *: Job Title *: Address *: Phone Number *: In what capacity do you know this person (should not be a family member)? *: If there is any such information you wish to provide? *: Yes 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?: Cyncoed, Pontprennau, Lakeside, Tremorfa, Splott, Llanishen. How many hours of work can you offer per week?: 14 to 20 Please indicate the approximate times that you are available for work throughout the week.: Monday AM/Monday PM/Tuesday PM/Wednesday AM/Wednesday PM/Thursday AM/Thursday PM/Thursday Overnight/Friday AM/Friday PM/Friday Overnight/Saturday AM/Saturday PM/Sunday AM/Sunday PM / Further Information: I am able to work 12:00-13:30 | 1HR 30M | Every day I am able to work 19:00-19:30 | 30M | Every day The hours above can be agreed with minimal change to my current PA role of 8 hours per week double handed which will be able to be agreed by my current employer.