Personal Assistant

Ref: DP6414

Location: Worthing


I am looking for personal care for a Child

The candidate should be a woman*

Drivers licence required: Yes

Own vehicle needed: Yes

Hours per week:

14 school time 25 half terms & summer holidays

Hourly pay rate:

To be discussed

We are looking for 2 PAs to support our 11 year old daughter.  She’s a funny and loving little girl who has a great sense of humour but is also very cheeky with it. We are looking for PAs to support our daughter on Saturdays for her to be able to go out and just enjoy herself with activities like the sea life centre, farms, parks, walks, arts and crafts, anything to keep her stimulated. During half terms and summer holidays we’re ideally looking for 25 hours for each PA and 14 hours for each PA on the Saturdays during school weeks. We’re looking for 2 PAs to go out with her each time due to lifting and care, ideally PAs who drive and are able to drive our daughter’s wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Our daughter has a metabolic condition of GA1, Glutaric Acidemia Type 1 with secondary severe dystonia and scoliosis. She is nonverbal and immobile. She is PEG fed and also uses the PEG for medications, water flushes and her emergency feed when needed if unwell. She uses Yes and No hands to communicate and is very consistent with it but also very cheeky with it 😊.

She suffers severe dystonia so can be very strong when lifting, so manual handling is needed. Due to her dystonia, she can get body cramps for which she might need repositioning, massaging of the cramped area or paracetamol if needed, she also has Chloral Hydrate as her rescue plan for dystonia. She has scoliosis so leans to the side which can cause discomfort and give her a bit of pain in her hip.

Full training would be provided on our daughter’s needs.

Duties include:

  • Medication prompting/administering
  • Personal grooming
  • Eating and drinking assistance
  • Moving and handling
  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Transportation
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Bathroom assistance

  • Accompany to medical appointments in London 2-4 times per year (one or both PAs to attend), and other medical appointments when needed


Candidate qualities:

  • Respectful of the employer's privacy and confidentiality
  • Reliable with good timekeeping
  • Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
  • Hygienic, tidy and well organised
  • Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
  • Patient and possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Honest and cheerful
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • Experience in dystonia, manual handling, peg feeding with medications, personal care
  • Good sense of humour
  • Able to lift our daughter out of her wheelchair
  • Patient
  • Empathetic
  • Friendly

Additional requirements

Non-smoker due to medical reasons, Vulnerable to the risk of infection and disease transmission


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