Care Worker.183

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 05/11/2020 00:00
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Adult Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Sleekburn Horticultural Training Unit
Closing date:
5 Nov
Further Information

Care worker (we require a female care worker – see below)

The Council

Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

Sleekburn Horticultural Training Unit, West Sleekburn Farm, Bomarsund, Bedlington NE22 7AD.

Sleekburn HTU provides work experience in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities. The HSU has 6 permanent staff, including this post and provides a service for 18 people per day.

The role

You will provide training and support in horticultural and similar work for adults with learning disabilities. The HTU has excellent facilities, including the main building and offices, heated greenhouses, polytunnels, workshops, paddocks for grazing two horses and fields for growing vegetables. The work includes working as a keyworker for people who use the service, preparing care plans and risk assessments, keeping records of the work people do, and working closely with other members of the small staff team. The HTU sells vegetables grown on site to the public.

We are offering:

A starting salary of £19,554 pro rata
Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (or other pension scheme)
A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
Flexible working arrangements (delete if not applicable)
Essential requirements:

We are advertising specifically for a female care worker to join our team, as some women who use our service can require personal care. You must be able to work individually or as part of a team to enable and promote independence for people who use the service at the HSU. You will maintain a safe, hygienic and supportive environment in accordance with culture, standards and objectives of the service. You will have a good general education demonstrating good literacy and numeracy. You should also have the following:

QCF 2 in health and social care (or learner grade may apply)

Ability to form appropriate relationships quickly.

Focuses upon service users’ needs.

Ability to work to and follow individual service users plans and risk assessments.

Able to use word processing, e-mail and internet software on a PC.

Excellent communication and literacy skills.

Ability to produce simple, short and clear case notes.

Able to understand and follow written or spoken instructions.

Reliable and keeps good time.

Able to work unsupervised and as part of a team.

Understands the need to respect confidentiality, privacy, dignity, independence, choice, rights and fulfilment of service users.

It would be helpful if you have some working knowledge and experience of horticulture, and that you are happy to work outdoors and in a wide range of horticultural settings. It would be an advantage of you could drive the HTU van.

Follows and works to policies and procedures, guidance, CQC Standards and keeping to schedules.


Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; any concerns regarding the process can be discussed with Claire Coe (Trans HR Support Officer) on 01670 623 130 or email claire.coe01@northumberland.gov.uk . We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. All applications to work on a part-time will be considered in line with the requirements of the post and the needs of the service.

For further information, please contact Venita Kanwar (07557614184) for an informal discussion.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend interview please contact Natasha Poole: 07790558004 or emailhrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk.

The closing date is 5 November 2020 at midnight

Please note
This job is closed for applications.