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Senior Support Worker

Job Description

To provide personalised support to people with a learning disability in accordance with their individual support plan.

To identify and review the needs of individuals, making sure that effective support is provided.

To supervise support staff within a designated team and ensure the smooth and efficient running of the service.

To lead on support planning by ensuring that staff follow support plans for each person using the service and offer safe and caring support.

To offer, and ensure that staff provide, personal and emotional support to promote clients' health and well-being, keeping people safe from harm and protecting their possessions as appropriate.

To assist staff to support people with complex needs, or particular vulnerabilities.

To ensure that staff positively support people who have unpredictable behaviour that may be challenging to the service and other clients.

To demonstrate and model good practice, working alongside and monitoring the practice standards of support staff through practice observations.

To maintain day to day safe working practices by ensuring that effective risk assessment and risk management processes are followed.

To ensure that key information is clearly communicated, recorded and monitored, supporting staff with these tasks as required.

To oversee the day to day administration of medication in keeping with the service's requirements.

To deal appropriately with any emergencies that may arise, including adherence to the Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures.

To liaise effectively and appropriately with families, carers and friends who may feature in a client's life.

To support clients to maintain good relations with neighbours and the general public to promote a better understanding of the needs of people who may be vulnerable or may have specific needs.

To contribute to development of the service, offering ideas and keeping up to date with best practice.

To encourage people to give feedback about the support they receive to help services to improve.

To work in conjunction with health care professionals to enable clients to maintain good health.

To work a shift pattern according to the needs of the service - this may involve working weekends and evenings - and work as part of a team, providing senior cover on a rota basis where necessary.

To work flexibly across Learning Disability services; this may involve covering duties in other locations as required by your manager.

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