Chance to learn more about children’s care in Boston

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Ever thought abouty working in children’s care? There will be an opportunity to get information and advice during an event in Boston on Saturday.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust’s (LCHS) Children’s Domiciliary Care Service will be in Boston Market Place from 9am-12noon to talk about career opportunities across Lincolnshire.

The service provides specialist domiciliary support for children with a range of disabilities, some with very complex medical needs.

It works alongside parents in their family home, giving them extra support and assistance with their every day routines.

Care Support Worker for the Children’s Domiciliary Care Service Carole Murray said: “I have worked as a family support/domiciliary carer a number of years, and the time I have worked with children with disabilities has been the most rewarding.

“No two days are the same, the children and families all have different needs and coping skills.

“The nature of the work means that I can build up relationships with families, as well as knowing that the short time I spend with their child can be invaluable.

“The hours can be a little unsocial, but the rewards to me as a carer are vast.”

One single parent to a severely autistic son, who also has ADHD and other behavioural issues, explained: “The support my son and I have had over the years has been invaluable. My son has built up a bond and trust with the support/domiciliary carer, and having the same carer for a number of years has meant that my son responds to the firm but fair boundaries that she puts in place.”

The mother, who did not wish to be named said: “I too have benefited from the support by having someone I can offload to when things are really getting on top of me. A listening ear goes a long way. Also I get a little time for myself when the carer visits knowing that my son is in safe hands.”

The support includes personal care routines, including feeding, brushing teeth, continence management, administration of medication and clinical procedures. The care frequently takes place early in the morning and in the evening.

Tina Bellamy, Lead for Specialist Children’s Services at LCHS, said: “This role is a great opportunity for someone looking to work with children with disabilities within the NHS.

“All new staff attend a week of induction training, which includes infection control, moving and handling, safeguarding and basic first aid.

“They will then commence work on the Care Certificate, which ensures they are meeting health and social care standards, and will receive full support throughout.”

For more details contact Jo Hudson by calling 07583 803082 or emailing josephine.hudson@lincs-chs.nhs.uk

Current vacancies are available on the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk by using the reference 818-Q1000.