Personal Assistant

Ref: LR7715

Location: Crawley


I am looking for personal care for a Child

Drivers licence required: Yes

Own vehicle needed: Yes

Hours per week:

11 hours a week term time (4 hours one afternoon a week and 7 hours at the weekend) plus additional 3 hours a week in school holidays (actual day and shift times by mutual agreement)

Hourly pay rate:

£12 per hour

Our teenage son has severe learning difficulties, hearing loss, epilepsy and reflux due to his Pallister-Killian syndrome

English is not our first language, and we speak Polish at home.

Our son enjoys sensory activities such as lights, hydrotherapy, music and trampoline classes. He is non verbal, engaging through eye contact.

We are looking for a vigilant  PA to engage our son in activities he enjoys in the home and in the community, keeping him safe .

Duties include personal care with manual handling.

This is a rewarding role with training provided.

Duties include:

  • Eating and drinking assistance
  • Moving and handling
  • Clinical tasks
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Bathroom assistance

  • Changing incontinence pads
  • Changing bibs
  • General hair/skin care
  • Transferring with use of a hoist
  • Getting in and out of the wheelchair ('transferring')
  • Mealtimes supporting feeding routine to prevent reflux.
  • Physiotherapy exercises
  • Helping with other aspects of personal care as required.
  • Accompanying employer’s son on trips out to activities he enjoys eg, sensory room.
  • Occasionally acting as an extra pair of hands on family days out.
  • The above duties may involve driving the employer’s son in the PA’s car if suitable for which mileage of 35p per mile will be paid. If not then PA will drive employers accessible vehicle.

Candidate qualities:

  • Respectful of the employer's privacy and confidentiality
  • Reliable with good timekeeping
  • Hygienic, tidy and well organised
  • Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
  • Honest and cheerful
  • Creative
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Must be comfortable with pets
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

Additional requirements

Non-smoker preferred or someone willing to refrain from smoking during working hours


All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check if required.

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this position you will be employed directly by the individual employer and not Independent Lives. Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

*Exemption for gender is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9