Support Worker- Nights

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: JUL20225125

Job details


Russets Gatcombe Dr, Hilsea, Portsmouth

Job type

Part Time, Permanent


£19,280 - £20,512 Per Annum

Closing date

8 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.

The Service

Russets is a purpose built service in Hilsea that provides respite care for adults who have learning disabilities and live within the area of Portsmouth.  In addition to this Russets also provide adults with a learning disability with residential accommodation. Russets is the only unit of its kind in Portsmouth

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. 

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.

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 and others as per our legal requirement under the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to meet our fundamental standards so their individual needs are met and so that their care plans can be kept up to date with this information.

It will be your responsibility to ensure monitoring and hourly checks with detailed recording on daily record sheets of your observations are carried out on residents throughout the day and night and their care needs are met.    

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.

 All staff need to observe Health and Safety requirements for the unit and take responsibility for the safety and welfare of the residents, themselves and the safety and security of the building overnight. (Fundamental standard 7 Premises and equipment). 
As a Night Support Worker supporting vulnerable adults you must be open and transparent. Should something go wrong or you witness unsafe practice, you have a responsibility (Duty of Candour) to ensure you raise this concern with a manager immediately. (fundamental standard 12).

There will be the need for light food preparation.


What you’ll need to succeed

Who is the person?


You need to have:

Patience and empathy, with an understanding of the needs of people with different types of learning disabilities including autism and the ability to converse at ease with residents with cognitive impairment and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential.

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. (Fundamental standard 2 Dignity & Respect).

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 and the ability to deal with emergencies in a confident manner. 

Good communication, interpersonal and written skills. 

An understanding of the principles and practice of client confidentiality and Data  Protection – all mandatory training requirements to be maintained and in date


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

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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