Care Assistant - Shearwater

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: SEP20226241

Job details


18 Moorings Way, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea

Job type

Part Time, Permanent


£19,280 - £20,512 Per Annum

Closing date

6 October 2022


Care Assistant – Shearwater

2 x part-time posts available 

Salary: Band 4 £19,280 – £20,512 per annum pro rata (depending on the rota a shift pattern of 17% may apply)

Hours: Various part time hours covering weekends and evening shifts


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.

Shearwater is in Milton and is a purpose-built home for 60 adults with dementia, which opened in August 2009. The accommodation is over 3 floors with 20 residents on ground and first floor, and a 20 bed contingency floor that is available for emergency support to the Portsmouth area. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom and shower.  We have approximately 100 staff in our team who work different shifts across all floors within the home.


Your New Role


You will:

Look after the physical, emotional, cultural and social needs of service users. This will include personal care, assisting clients at mealtimes and all aspects of daily living.

Provide person centred care in the form of social activities which promotes the resident’s mental health and wellbeing and improves their quality of life.

Take responsibility to ensure information about their health is recorded and communicated to the assistant managers. 

Ensure monitoring and hourly checks, with detailed recording of your observations, are carried out. 

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 also be the need for light food preparation. 

What you’ll need to succeed

You need to have:

The ability to converse at ease with residents with cognitive impairment and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential.

Patience and empathy, with an understanding of the needs of people with different types of dementia and physical 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. 

Good communication, interpersonal and written skills.  

Good computer skills will be required to enable you to update care plans electronically and use e-learning.

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, including flexible working hours, extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme and 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

Closing time/date: Midnight 6th October 2022

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 add in comments to the Personal Statement section

We look forward to speaking with you soon.


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