Nurse in Charge/Unit Manager
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Person Centred Support
- To work under the direction of the Unit/Centre Manager to ensure that the highest possible standards of care are maintained at all times, consistent with the mission, vision and values of the service.
- To report immediately to the Unit/Centre Manger and/or Person in Charge, any incident of concern involving either staff member or resident, in accordance with the organisation’s incident reporting policy.
- Support resident in gaining FETAC or other qualifications if appropriate to their level of ability and skills assessment.
- Working in partnership with MDT staff, families and other key people to support the resident to work towards and achieve their personal goals, guided by their individual care plan.
- To act as a key worker for a named resident where appropriate. • Providing individualised support, using a facilitative approach to personal care, whilst ensuring residents’ right to dignity and respect at all times.
- Ensure confidentially and privacy of the resident at all times.
- Enabling the resident to eat a well-balanced diet, through supporting him/her in meal preparation at whatever level of assistance he/she requires, promoting personal choice at all times.
- Assisting and promoting good personal care skills, e.g. toileting, bathing/showering.
- To carry out any duties necessary to ensure the comfort and hygiene of residents.
- Facilitating the resident to take an active part in their community, by supporting them in whatever way necessary to use a wide range of community facilities. This may involve trips/excursions outside of normal working hours.
- Promote active citizenship within the local community for resident.
- Guide and support resident in volunteering and employment in the community, if they so wish (in liaison with training coordinators and community facilitator).
- Communicate with family, visitors, day service and other professionals in a courteous and professional manner.
- Communicate in a clear and respectful manner with residents, being aware of individual levels of skills and abilities i.e. using approaches as per the person’s needs.
- Documenting and relaying information to relevant people e.g. families, centre manager and care plan.
Residents best possible health
- Accompanying residents to medical and clinical appointments (where applicable).
- Monitoring health and wellbeing of residents and reporting concerns to centre manager.
- Supporting residents to manage their personal medication in line with current practice (where applicable).
- Promoting a healthy living ethos to the resident, in relation to diet, exercise and positive mental health.
- Supporting the residents in undertaking general housekeeping such as catering, cleaning, tidying and laundry. This may involve training residents to perform these tasks and/or working alongside them.
- Plan for the conservation and economical use of supplies, heating, light, goods and equipment. Maintain adequate stocks in the centre and manage their use.
- Ensure that equipment and facility are maintained in a clean and safe condition at all times.
Health and Safety
- To monitor the building and immediate vicinity for problems and to report any faults immediately to the centre manager or other designated person.
- To undertake assigned duties regarding the security of the unit e.g. fire security, burglar alarm, opening, locking etc.
- To undertake all Health and Safety mandatory training i.e. Manual Handling, Fire and Safety.
- Perform duties in a manner conducive to health and safety and in accordance with Talbot Group policies and procedures.
- To ensure that food is prepared and stored in a hygienic manner in line with the guidelines of the Environmental Health Service, HACCP etc.
- To work with the unit manager in identifying risks to residents both within the centre and the community.
- Immediate reporting and documentation of all incidents and accidents in line with Talbot Group policies and procedures.
- Be familiar with emergency procedures and participate in evacuations and fire drills
Record and Financial Management
- To maintain records as are required in the individual service in an accurate and concise manner e.g. daily report, financial records, communication books, family contact sheets and care plan.
- To manage and maintain household and other expenditure records attached to the running of the centre, where required.
- To ensure that files are up to date and stored in an orderly and secure fashion that ensures resident confidentiality.
- Ensure receipts are sough and accounts are maintained for all expenditure.
Training and ongoing development
- Attend and participate in training courses including external courses as required by the needs of the resident and in accordance with Company policy and national standards e.g. adult protection.
- To undertake training identified for professional development.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings as requested by the Unit Manager.
- Willingness and commitment to review and change work practices in line with training and service developments.
- Attend supervision session with identified line manager/supervisor. • Attend performance/ appraisal meetings, as required with line manager.
Essential Qualifications and Experience
- Health or Social Care qualification e.g. third level degree in Psychology, Social care, Social Work etc. OR
- Fetac Level 5 – Health Care Major Award or its equivalent
- Experience working in a care environment.
- Good knowledge of the principals and techniques utilised in cognitive rehabilitation.
Desirable Qualifications and Experience
- Previous experience in providing care for persons with an intellectual disability.
- Experience working in a rehabilitation setting.
- Full driving licence.
- Have completed Intellectual Disability Module as part of Fetac 5 Major Award.
Special Skills and Competencies
Competencies appropriate to the post:
- Communication & Interpersonal: Can speak clearly, fluently and in a compelling manner to both individuals and groups. Adapts communication style to suit audience. Writes in a clear and concise manner, using appropriate templates, style and language for the reader. Establishes, maintains and concludes therapeutic interpersonal relationships with services users/residents and other stakeholders. Is able to build rapport quickly with others.
- Adaptability & Reliability: Able to react effectively at short notice to changing circumstances. Willing to accept advice and suggestions from others and to learn from experience by changing own behaviour. Demonstrates a high level of dependability in all aspects of the job.
- Problem Solving and Initiative: Builds a logical approach to address problems or opportunities or manage the situation at hand by drawing on their knowledge and experience base, and calling on other resources as necessary. A bias for taking action; the ability to think ahead of the current situation, particularly before problems or crises occur.
- Quality and Person Centredness: Demonstrates eagerness to understand service user/resident needs. Views the service user/resident as central to the delivery of every day service through consistent understanding, tolerance, care, support and empathy while promoting empowerment, independence and choice. Determined to offer a quality service through the achievement of goals and quality standards.
- Teamwork and Supporting Colleagues: The ability and desire to work cooperatively with others; effectively builds relationships with colleagues. Collaborating and cooperating to get the job done and to facilitate and coordinate the care and support of service users/residents. Uses diplomacy/tact and interpersonal skills to break barriers in a positive and constructive way which supports others in reaching consensus.