ROLE: SENIOR CARER
QUALIFICATIONS: NVQ LEVEL 3/4
ACCOUNTABLE TO: MANAGEMENT
The role of this post includes all aspects included within the Carer role.
The role is to undertake those duties required of them as delegated by the Manage/Supervisor. The deliver of care will be determined by the individual care plans and the Post Holder will report regularly to the Manager/Supervisor, passing on any changes that are observed or problems identified.
Under the supervision of the Manager/Supervisor, care for all the residents in the Home in a sensitive, tactful and compassionate manner, bearing in mind the need to provide a happy, homely atmosphere.
In the absence of the Manager/Supervisor the Post Holder will supervise the other junior Carers in accordance with the philosophy of care adhered to within the Home and in accordance with specific instructions from the Manager/Supervisor.
In the absence of the Manager/Supervisor the Post Holder will be responsible for the control of drugs in accordance with the home policies and procedures following the specific instructions from the Manager/Supervisor.
The duties and responsibilities of the Post Holder will relate, in part, to the grade held by the incumbent of the post.
- To assist with all the duties included in the role of Carer.
- To aid in training and development of other Carers.
- To act as a role model of good practice for other Carers to follow.
- To take responsibility for supervision and deployment of the Carers in their area of care within the home.
- To take part in in-service training initiatives in the Home as coordinated by the Manager/Supervisor.
- To take part in quality assurance measures instigated by the Manager/Supervisor, to report on, discuss and encourage other staff to be committed to quality assurance programmes.
- To show clear leadership in relation to his/her duties.
- To demonstrate commitment to the development of the Home through interactions with staff, residents and members of the general public.
- To complete the day and night reports for all residents under their care during the course of their shift. Where necessary, review and update/amend the care plan.
- To make reports verbally and written to the Manager/Supervisor on issues relevant to the safe and effective running of the Home.
- To seek to further improve his/her knowledge to enable even higher standards of care to be maintained.
- To arrange and take part in social, recreational and spiritual activities provided for the residents.
- To maintain the strict confidentiality that surrounds the residents and the business of the Home generally.
- As the home is committed to the concept of a Quality Management System, all staff are to be aware of the ISOO 9001: 2008 system and take an active part in the development of the system including training to undertake various tasks in its implementation and operation.
CLEANLINESS AND INFECTION CONTROL
- All care home staff who have regular contact with service users have a responsibility to ensure that:
- There are clear procedures in place to prevent, detect and control the spread of infection
- Appropriate standards of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained among the staff, service users and visitors
- The premises and all equipment, medical devices and materials are maintained to the appropriate standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
- wash their hands regularly, including between seeing each and every service user where direct contact is involved, no matter how minor the contact, after handling any body fluids or waste or soiled items, after using the toilet and before handling foodstuffs
- clean up any spillage of any body fluids or body waste, such as blood, faeces and urine, as quickly as possible
- treat every spillage of body fluids or body waste as potentially infectious and wear protective gloves and aprons and use disposable wipes when cleaning such a spillage
- help to keep the home clean and tidy and to identify to the care home manager any areas which fall below acceptable or safe standards of cleanliness and hygiene
- use “sharps” boxes appropriately and safely, never over filling them and sealing them when full
- report immediately any injury involving a potentially infected needle or sharp or any “splash” incident involving blood or bodily fluids.
- always use appropriate protective clothing and equipment (e.g. disposable aprons and gloves) whenever at risk of coming into direct contact with body fluids or potentially infectious materials
- on no account attempt to wash and reuse disposable single use protective gloves
- wherever food is prepared, handled, stored or served, employ the highest standards of hygiene at all times
- always inform their managers if they are unwell with suspect food poisoning, diarrhoea, vomiting or any other infectious disease
- ensure that soiled articles of clothing and infected linen are not carried through areas where food is stored, prepared, cooked or eaten
- ensure that all laundry machines, equipment, surfaces and storage areas within the laundry are kept clean and tidy and that areas used for foul linen are disinfected and cleaned after use
- wear a clean, properly laundered uniform for each shift
- co-operate with any waste segregation process implemented by the home – including the segregation of domestic and clinical waste.
This job description is intended to give a broad outline of the function and responsibilities of the Post Holder and may be updated at regular intervals.
A job description is not a rigid document but acts to provide guidelines to the duties expected of the post holder.