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Families looking to employ a Personal Assistant (PA)

Below you will see a list of families within the local area who are seeking a Personal Assistant to support one or more of their children. By clicking on the tab, it will expand to give more details to prospective Personal Assistants regarding the child's individual needs, hourly rate of pay and the type of support the family is looking for.

How do you Apply? 

1. Note the reference number 

2. Application is via Email to ChildrenPA@bedford.gov.uk

  • Please ensure you use the reference number as the title of your email
  • In the email please attach a covering letter stating why you are applying to  work with the family, and your up to date CV. If you would like some assistant with covering letters or CV's contact The Jobs Hub which provides FREE support to people who lives in Bedford Borough.

What happens next?

We will forward the applications to the family in a timely fashion and the family will then take over the recruiting process

Reference Number 001 :PA for Female child who has complex health needs and is dependent on adults for all her care needs. Full Training will be provided

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 30/09/21

How do you Apply? 

1. Note the reference number 

2. Application is via Email to ChildrenPA@bedford.gov.uk

  • Please ensure you use the reference number as the title of your email
  • In the email please attach a covering letter stating why you are applying to  work with the family, and your up to date CV. If you would like some assistant with covering letters or CV's contact The Jobs Hub which provides FREE support to people who lives in Bedford Borough.

 

Rate of Pay

£9.08 if on payroll / £12.13 if officially self-employed

** **If self-employed you will need to provide official proof of your self-employed status with HMRC, and evidence of your public liability insurance

 

Description of your child’s needs

Female child who has complex health needs and is dependent on adults for all her care needs. Requires gastro feeding and is a wheelchair user, needing a hoist for transferringTraining will be provided 

Diagnosed with Propionic Acidemia (PA), which is a metabolic disorder that causes an inability to break down parts of protein and some types of fat. She also has a diagnosis of Global Developmental Delay.

On a protein restricted diet and is given food via a gastro tube three times a day as well as during the night. Problem with swallowing food as well as water, which might be unsafe as she can easily choke. Is given some water and pureed food but only eats very small portions carefully as can easily choke.

Unable to form words but communicates in other ways; uses a combination of eye gaze, vocalisation, facial expression, body movements and some natural gestures to communicate a range of intentions. She is able to look at the person speaking to her and towards a toy or person, making excellent eye contact. She uses a range of sounds and makes different sounds when she is happy, upset, or wants to have something or be with someone. She recognises family members and tends to smile at them. However, when she sees someone unfamiliar, she tends to scream. She appears to know her name and responds if someone addresses her using her name.

 

Description of duty’s expected of the PA.

  • Administering feeds and giving medications via gastrostomy tube
  • Meeting personal care needs
  • 1-1 support with play and going for walks in the community
  • Any other task which the employer may reasonably ask you to do

 

 

Hours you would ideally like your PA to work

Ideally weekends and / or evenings during term-time as well as during the day in the school holidays. Hours are allocated at 4 hours a week term time and 8 hours a week school holidays, however the family can be very flexible depending on the availability of the PA.

 

 

Skill’s/training your PA should ideally have or willingness to train for.

Training will be available for giving enteral feed via gastrostomy as well as administering medications via gastro tube. PA will also be required to use a hoist to transfer

 

Any other information you feel is needed to be included regarding your service?

Likes going for walks, swimming, 1-1 playing and reading books with an adult

 

Reference Number 002: Personal Assistant required for a a 13 year old male who has mild learning difficulties and some challenging behaviour issues

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 30/09/21

 

How do you Apply? 

1. Note the reference number 

2. Application is via Email to ChildrenPA@bedford.gov.uk

  • Please ensure you use the reference number as the title of your email
  • In the email please attach a covering letter stating why you are applying to  work with the family, and your up to date CV. If you would like some assistant with covering letters or CV's contact The Jobs Hub which provides FREE support to people who lives in Bedford Borough.

Rate of Pay

£9.08 if on payroll / £12.13 if officially self-employed

** **If self-employed you will need to provide official proof of your self-employed status with HMRC, and evidence of your public liability insurance

 

Description of your child’s needs

The employer is a family looking to employ a PA for their 13 year old son, who has mild learning difficulties and some challenging behaviour issues. He is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and speech delay but communicates in other ways, however can communicate using some words.

 

Description of duty’s expected of the PA.

A personal assistant is sought to assist the child to explore & expand his leisure opportunities / activities. PA will enable the child to spend some quality time away from his parents and to access activities locally in the community.

To assist the employer’s son with having time out in the community under the supervision of an adult and working towards developing his interaction and independent skills.

Accompanying on local shopping trips and outings. Ranging from walks in the park to his kickboxing sessions and new activities he would like to explore.

To support him in developing and building upon his social and interaction skills outside of the family home.

 

Hours you would ideally like your PA to work

4 hours per week worked during school term and 8 hrs per week worked during school holidays; preferably one evening a week but days and times can be discussed at interview

 

Skill’s/training your PA should ideally have or willingness to train for.

The successful applicant will be friendly and able to give empathetic support, while respecting the child’s independence but also able to take instruction.

A can-do attitude and aptitude to assist the child with his varied interests is needed with a willingness to help him explore new activities, joining in when appropriate.

Must be flexible, trustworthy and active with a good sense of humour. Preferably the PA will have a full, clean driving licence.

Please note this role is subject to satisfactory disclosure from DBS checks (cost borne by Employer) Please note you will be directly employed by the person (or their representative) that you will be assisting.  Bedford Borough Council  is not the employer

 

 

Any other information you feel is needed to be included regarding your service?

Please include your child’s likes and dislikes, preferred activities and any other relevant information…

 

He is always happy but he can be a disturbance if not happy

He likes to be engaged with one to one communication, although he needs to be encouraged to speak

He likes to hold a person’s hand when trying to communicate or walk in the park

He likes when someone reads for him

He likes to play by running around and jumps at time very loud

He likes someone to listen to him always

He dislikes when someone ignores him

He can be very restless and angry if he is hungry