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Support Practitioner






Posted: 22/09/2022

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We are looking for Support Practitioners to join our friendly and welcoming team here at Hft. This is your chance to make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability and autism.

At this service in Coleford, we support four young males, aged 22 - 25. They are all very active and enjoy a full range of community-based activities. Their team supports them in a way that gives them as much choice and control over their lives as possible. Close attention is paid to ensure that their health, social and educational needs are met and they each have a positive behaviour support plan which is closely followed.

A professional qualification in health, education or social care is essential. In addition, you must also have previous experience supporting individuals within a social care, education or health environment. We want you to be a compassionate and friendly individual, who shares our Values.

What matters most is a positive attitude to life and a desire to support people to live their life with as much independence, choice, dignity and control as possible. You will need to have good listening skills and a practical, caring approach. Computer literacy is a necessity, as the role requires you to retrieve and record information using a variety of IT systems. You must also be confident gathering information and using this alongside your experience to improve practice. Some report writing will also be required. The ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, listening to and supporting your colleagues is essential.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire
Salary / hourly rate: £27,373.50 per annum (£14 per hour) + £60 + 12.07% per sleep-in. 10% overtime allowance for hours worked over the full time equivalent of 37.5 hours per week
Employment type: Full Time
Hours per week: 37.5
Type of service: Supported Living
Working hours: We provide 24/7 support to some people, so you will need to have flexibility to work shifts, including sleep in nights, weekends and bank holidays.

A full UK driving licence is desirable for this role.

Closing date: 16/10/2022
Interview date: 28/09/2022

What will you be doing?

The purpose of your role is to give the highest possible standards of support to individuals with a learning disability, autism, challenging behaviour and/or complex needs. Your responsibilities are varied and no two days are the same. As well as providing physical and emotional support you may be needed to help with household tasks and personal care as well as supporting individuals with healthcare needs, e.g. taking medication. You will support with sensory needs and help people to engage in everyday home, social and leisure interests, reaching goals like travelling or holidays and working positively with their families and friends. This is all according to their personal choice.

Your person-centred approach will enable people to have choices about their own lives. You will work with Hft’s Positive Behaviour Support Team to deliver a service model that promotes and reflects evidence-based practice. At Hft we are always looking for the best way of doing things and you will liaise with external professionals and families to ensure positive outcomes.

What’s in it for you?

There are a range of benefits and career development opportunities at Hft. We’ll give you a comprehensive induction, full training, and support along the way.

With Investors in People and Skills for Care accreditation we are committed to investing in you to ensure you have the specialist skills and expertise needed to support people to live the best life possible.

We offer

25 days annual leave (plus 8 days statutory Bank holidays)
20% bank holidays allowance with an increased rate of 50% for Christmas Day, Boxing day and New Year’s Day
Apprenticeships - Earn whilst gaining a fully funded Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care with a Top 100 apprenticeship employer (ranked 11th in 2020)
Access to the Hft Plus benefits package
Access to award-winning training and development
Annual staff award scheme
A contributory pension scheme & life assurance
Free DBS Check

Find your place with us and change lives.

We ask all our teams to take advantage of the Covid-19 vaccination, which is offered to frontline support workers as a priority group. We strongly encourage all colleagues to remain fully vaccinated as part of our wider infection control procedures.


We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive sufficient applications.

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