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Residential Care Officer - Bank Staff (Dementia Care)
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Residential Care Officer (Dementia Care)
Salary - £13.72 to £14.74 per hour (inclusive of holiday pay supplement)
Contract type - Casual Bank Staff (zero-hours contract)
Hours - Subject to service needs. 

Location - Amy Woodgate Specialist Resource Centre, Chessington, easily accessible via South Chessington rail, K4 from Surbiton rail, Buses 71, 465, 467


About us

The Amy Woodgate Specialist Resource is based in Chessington and is a centre that provides a residential and day care service for older people with dementia. They work to promote independence within a secure, safe, caring environment, ensuring all residents are treated with dignity and respect and as individuals. Amy Woodgate is committed to making sure that each resident and service user receives a fair and person-centred approach to their care and use the Eden Alternative to ensure that the residents get the very best out of their daily lives. 


About the role  

We are looking for individuals with compassion, who can be trusted by our clients who can be confused and frightened and need that calm reassurance when they feel sad or alone. This can ultimately help manage better outcomes and living for those with Dementia as carers can provide invaluable insights and communication as they get to know and support the clients as individuals , especially as they cannot sometimes express their pain or emotions. Help is needed too with they often need help with basic nutrition, hydration, hygiene and mobility. These roles inspire pride and at Amy Woodgate we recognise and celebrate the wonderful work and commitment of our staff


About you

You may have been a carer, or perhaps are currently one and are looking to really make a difference to another’s life so we welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds, who have been volunteers or cared in any capacity for others. Empathy will be an essential life skill you have acquired with a real desire to create the best possible home environment for our clients, supporting them in a diverse, team focused environment, where a sense of humour is important. This is a role that can make you feel like you really are making a difference!


What we can offer you

As a Council, we actively support the development of staff and offer opportunities within Adult Social Care and Health to progress your career pathway. We are interested in utilising the Apprenticeship levy and actively encourage apprenticeships across the Council.

In return, we will require you to hold an NVQ level 2 in care qualification and have a genuine regard and respect for older people and to work across a range of shifts, on a three weekly cycle, with flexibility as long as we ensure excellent care for our clients and include the following patterns:

  • 7.30 am to 2.30pm (daytime)
  • 2.30pm to 9.30pm (daytime)
  • 9.30pm to 7.30 am (evenings)
  • 2 out of 3 weekends

How to apply

Before applying please refer to the Role Profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined the role profile.

Please note - Due to the increased risk that COVID-19 poses to some of our residents, we have had to impose strict hygiene and infection control procedures. As part of this, we cannot allow staff who work for us at the Amy Woodgate centre to work elsewhere due to the cross-infection risk. If you are successful in applying to work in this role you MUST NOT undertake any other employment, paid or voluntary, for the duration of your contract. Should you wish to apply for a role which has contracted hours, please view our Residential Care Officer (9 month contract) role, found on our jobs homepage.

Royal Borough of Kingston is now an accredited London Living Wage Employer
The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. Our Living Wage commitment means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage.

The Royal Borough of Kingston is Disability Confident Committed. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.
It is our policy to ensure that all employees are recruited, trained and promoted on the basis of ability, the requirements of the job and similar, objective criteria. All employees are equally encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for training and career development. It is also our policy to ensure that no employee or job applicant should receive more or less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, nationality, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or disability in any matters to do with employment.

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:

  • increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic·
  • the need to support more vigilant public health measures.
We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Advert Closing Date: Ongoing
Provisional Interview Dates: TBC
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