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palliative care assistant

£12.00 - £14.00

Job Description

Role overview:

To support a bright and cheeky 5-year-old boy and provide PA support to the family. Some PA’s work nights, some daytimes, weekends, and some do a mix of days, nights and weekends. Night-time support will be waking nights as the child often sleeps poorly, there is a rota for supporting his additional needs and requires suctioning overnight. Night Support is always 2 to 1, with daytime staff working 2 to 1 with another staff member or with a relative. All moving and handling is 2 to 1.

  • Ensure he is always safe, especially ensuring his safety when out of the home environment.
  • Dress and undress him
  • Change his incontinence pads/nappies as needed
  • Assist with showering and/or bathing
  • Give medication as prescribed
  • Assist with his development through continuity of communication and learning methods used in school
  • Engage him in play and activities he enjoys
  • Accompany D to and from School in his school transport.
  • Take him into the community for short periods, e.g., parks, adventure/soft play, swimming etc
  • Assist with household jobs primarily in his bedroom, bathroom and living area) e.g., vacuuming, laundry, putting his clothes away etc.
  • Other duties (as necessary)
  • Assist whole family trips out e.g., parks, adventure/soft play, swimming, etc.
  • Potentially accompany family on short breaks in the UK (no more than twice per year)
  • Administer Daily meds, change feeds and daily suctioning once competent
  • Perform basic first aid if need arises
  • Administer his emergency medication if need arises


Training will be provided in the following areas if necessary.

  • First aid/basic life support including the management of choking
  • Administering medication
  • Enteral feeding via PEG-J
  • Moving, handling and positioning.
  • Physiotherapy Stretches
  • Chest Physiotherapy
  • Suction  
  • Airway Management
  • Epilepsy Awareness
  • Communication Skills

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