Senior Care Assistant - Days

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: OCT20219924

Job details



Job type

Part Time, Permanent


£21,841 - £25,481 Pro Rata

Closing date

5 November 2021

Shifts are between hours of 7.00am – 22.00pm (shifts will be a mix of 7:00am – 15.00pm and 15.00pm – 22.00pm) and include alternate weekend working (and will include 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.  Total of 35.75 hours

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.

Your New Role

You will be working with the Registered Manager, Deputy Manager and Assistant Unit Managers (AUM) to take the service forward and to manage our regulatory compliance under The Health & Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014

Using a person centred approach (Regulation 9) 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 and be required to dispense medication once training is given.

The right applicant 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.

What you’ll need to succeed

  1. The ability to converse at ease with residents with cognitive impairment and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential.
  2. Have patience and empathy, with an understanding of the needs of people with different types of dementia and physical disabilities.
  3. Have substantial experience working in a residential setting with dementia clients.
  4. An understanding of the importance of resident’s dignity, privacy and choice, and applying this in practice. (Fundamental standard 2 and regulation 10 Dignity & Respect)
  5. 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.
  6. Have experience of administering and the storage of medication or willing to have medication training as it is a requirement of this role
  7. Have the ability to keep accurate and up-to-date records in compliance with our regulatory duty under regulation 17 Good Governance
  8. Have the ability to follow policy in accordance with quality standards and CQC regulatory requirements.
  9. Have good communication, interpersonal and written skills. (Fundamental standard 10 Staff should have the right skills & is competent)
  10. Computer skills will be required to enable you to update care plans, use e-learning, print of your payslip etc.
  11. An understanding of the cultural and linguistic needs of people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  12. You will be required to take part in training (on and off site) and development which will contribute towards your competency. You will have or are studying for QCF at level 3 in Social Care (or equivalent health and social care qualification) and have completed the Care Certificate (previously CIS).  
  13. You will have or will undertake the in-house medication training within 3 months of appointment.
  14. You will have or will undertake first aid training within 3 months of appointment
  15. The ability to deal with emergencies in a confident manner.
  16. An understanding of the principles and practice of client confidentiality and GDPR


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.

Portsmouth Local Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Please Note, that from 11th November 2021, it will be a legal requirement for all employees working within a care home, to have received both Covid-19 Vaccinations. Proof will be required by all staff.

If you are applying for this role, but have yet to receive your first jab, it is advised you action this before 16th September 2021, allowing for a grace period to receive your 2nd in time.

If you are medically exempt from receiving the Covid-19 vaccination, you will need to provide proof from your GP at interview.

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 add in comments to the Personal Statement section

We look forward to speaking with you soon.


This is a rolling ad with no set closing date – suitable candidates will be interviewed as they apply.