Locum Job Opportunities - Existing Staff
We have locum opportunities for any council or NHS staff members who can help in the delivery of some of our critical services in social care. You may be someone who works part time and has the capacity to commit to picking up shifts on an ongoing basis or you may be someone who could pick up evening, overnight or weekend shifts.
As you all know, services have experienced pressures in response to the Omicron variant of COVID 19 and the infection rates that have been experienced in the communities of West Lothian.
Direct care services in social policy have been significantly affected, particularly those supporting older people. These are services where already there are challenges in recruiting the levels of staffing needed.
We are keen to hear from any council or NHS staff members who could offer to help in the delivery of these critical services. You may be someone who works part time and has the capacity to commit to picking up shifts on an ongoing basis or you may be someone who could pick up evening, overnight or weekend shifts.
Where your help is most needed is in the delivery of care at home and crisis care services supporting frail older people to remain living in their own homes across the county. If you are able to offer any assistance at this time this will make a real difference to our most vulnerable citizens.
Social care workers have a vital role in supporting service users to meet their needs as identified in their personal support plan. This may involve working in either a buildings-based service or in the community visiting service users' own homes.
You may be working alongside another carer or may also be working alone. The types of things you will be expected to do are;
- Assisting with getting in and out of bed/mobility
- Assisting to dress/undress
- Assisting to wash/personal care and appearance
- Assisting with meal preparation/serving/eating/drinking/medication
If working in our Support at Home services travel is required as is access to your own transport. Where possible work will be kept in same geographical area however this cannot be guaranteed due to the nature of the service. All work will be within West Lothian.
Social Policy are looking for people who are:
- Able to work with others in ways that are positive and helpful.
- Able to communicate in an effective and appropriate manner.
- Enthusiastic and motivated.
- Responsive, responsible, and reliable.
- Ready, willing, and able to undertake new experiences.
- Have personal confidence to support individuals to participate in a range of activities.
Social Policy will put you through key induction and training with a number of sessions being online e-learning and some on the job training.
You will also work with a qualified carer for additional support.
Yes, if you have been PVG checked that would be helpful, but it is not essential. If you hold a PVG for working with children, you will still require one for working with adults.
Social Policy will pay for any PVG checks required - this is done online and currently takes approx 10 days.
All staff will be offered a relief contract on the same rate as permanent staff currently working within that area.
The hourly pay is currently £10.48 per hour, mileage is paid at 45p per mile. You are paid for the shift and not the number of visits you provide.
Social Policy have working shift patterns in all our care services; however, we are happy to discuss availability and match you to hours that can best meet your and our service needs.
There are a range of shifts available covering weekends and during the week. The shift availability will also cover staff absence and annual leave. Fixed availability is preferable and notice will be provided for these shifts however adhoc shifts will also be required.
PPE is available and all national guidance is followed rigorously. Support and guidance is also available from colleagues and managers.
A. You can work for up to 12 months in care before registering with the SSSC however registration after 6 months is recommended. The nature of the Locum is short term at present.
Q. I currently work full time, how would it work taken on extra shifts?
A. This would be looked at in line with the working time directive.
Q. What services require support in Care at Home?
A.WLC council's Care at Home services is made up of 3 teams.
Interim Care Team: This role often requires 2 carers due to the nature of the role and the requirement to support with mobility through equipment such as hoist, stand aid, sara steady.
Reablement Team: This role is often 1 carer; this role is utilised to support independence and service users who will mainly require encouragement and some support.
Crisis Care Team: This role is 2 carers, Crisis Care supports with call outs to falls, non-movement, covering care when a provider has not arrived. The service is 24hrs.
If you would like to apply, to get more information, or to speak to someone about the opportunities available, please contact: SPstaffrecruitment@westlothian.gov.uk
We will get back to you as a matter of priority.