Care Assistant - Harry Sotnick House

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: JUL20226215

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Variable Hours, Permanent


£19,280 - £20,512 Pro Rata

Closing date

14 August 2022


Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.


Harry Sotnick House is a busy 76 bed nursing home, currently divided into a 46 bedded nursing unit on the ground floor and currently a 30 bedded Discharge to assess unit (D2A) on the first floor.

We are fully committed as a team and are involved in all aspects of our resident’s lives.  It can be hard work and mentally and physically strenuous but rewarding for the right person with the right skills and values. We provide person centred care to our residents and encourage them to make choices as part of helping them maintain their independence as much as possible.  We encourage activity-based care. 

Hours: Part-time & full-time posts available, shifts are between 08.00-14.00, 14.00-20.00, 08.00-20.00 and will include alternate weekend working and some bank holiday working. Shifts over six hours will have an unpaid break of half hour. 
These shifts will be worked over a fixed two-week rota.  (7% – 17% shift enhancement added for days depending on rostered hours)


Your New Role

Using a person centred approach you will look after the physical, emotional, cultural and social needs of service users. This will include personal care, assisting clients at meal times and all aspects of daily living. You will be providing person centred care in the form of social activities which promotes the residents mental health and wellbeing and improves their quality of life.

You will be a key worker to specific residents taking responsibility to ensure information about their health and wellbeing is recorded on the daily record sheets and communicated to the assistant managers as per our legal requirement under the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to meet our fundamental standards.

You will look after the needs of a diverse group of service users with a wide range of care needs, including challenging behaviour. 

This role will include some person moving and handling duties. 

There will be the need for light food preparation. 


What you’ll need to succeed

  • The ability to converse at ease with residents with cognitive impairment and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential.
  • Have patience and empathy, with an understanding of the needs of people with different types of disabilities.
  • Experience in a caring role as a formal paid or unpaid carer.
  • An understanding of the importance of resident’s dignity, privacy and choice, and applying this in practice.
  • The ability to be flexible and adaptable, able to work in a team as well as being able to work independently and able to use your own initiative and make decisions.
  • Have good communication, interpersonal and written skills.
  • Computer skills will be required to enable you to update care plans, use e-learning, print of your payslip etc.
  • An understanding of the cultural and linguistic needs of people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • The ability to deal with emergencies in a confident manner.
  • An understanding of the principles and practice of client confidentiality and Data Protection


What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.

Please ensure to complete the application in its entirety and address the requirements from the job profile in the Personal Statement section

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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