Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired

Personal Support Assistant

Posted 1 month ago

SALARY:  Scale 3, SCP 5-6 £19,312 – £19,698 fte

20hrs:  £8,583 – £8,755

22hrs:  £8,441 – £9,630

20/22 hours per week term time only                                                        
Closing Date:       
Monday 4 October 2021


Week beginning Monday 4 October 2021

Purpose of the Job:

To provide a high standard of care to blind and vision impaired students in a proficient and sensitive manner that will enhance their academic and social development.

Main Tasks:

  • To work with Residential Care Tutors/Houseparents at the start of the shift to help settle students into their individual units and to check that they are all accounted for.
  • To maintain an environment that allows students to sleep peacefully and / or study effectively by ensuring students are not being noisy and moving between units.
  • To ensure students do not stay up excessively late into the night / early morning.
  • Whilst the post-holder is expected to take some initiative, they are also expected to know when to ask for help. 
  • To support specific students (eg students with a hearing loss or additional needs) in the event of a fire and during fire evacuation practice.
  • To administer medication to students who require it during the shift.
  • To assist individual students with personal and / or intimate care when required.
  • To undertake appropriate administrative tasks to support the students and the work of the Residential Care Tutors/Houseparents effectively.
  • To ensure that records are kept in accordance with College requirements and current legislation.
  • To maintain confidentiality on all matters relating to students, staff and the College.
  • To attend regular supervision sessions and an annual appraisal by the Sixth Form Care Manager/Senior Houseparent..
  • To be willing to undertake continued professional development.
  • To attend staff meetings, student reviews and other meetings as requested.
  • To support the student in coming to terms with the effect of vision and other impairments.
  • To liaise with the staff team, parents and academic staff in order to achieve a comprehensive approach to the student’s development.

Equal Opportunities Statement:

New College Worcester is committed to being an equal opportunities organisation.  It is committed to promoting equal opportunities and preventing discrimination.  This policy applies to both its service delivery and to its own employment practices.  You will be willing and able to demonstrate commitment to New College Worcester’s Equality and Diversity Policies.

Safeguarding Children:

NCW is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students at the College.  You are responsible for adhering to the College’s policies on Child Protection and for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people you come into contact with.

Annual review:

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder.  It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of NCW in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.

This document is to be read in the context of NCW Statement of Purpose, NCW Equal Opportunities Statement, and agreed policies of the NCW and the Conditions of Service as outlined in the individual employee’s contract.

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Sheila Wood, New College Worcester, Whittington Road, Worcester. WR5 2JX


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