Job reference: SD IMC WL

Area: West Lothian
Working pattern: Part-time
Closing date: Open
Rate of pay: £10.90/£98.10 (overnights)

Job Description

We are looking for PAs to support two of our teenagers with day-to-day functional tasks and to promote and develop their independence in daily living skills through fun activities.

You will be required to follow support plans and guidance from parents – and directed by the Young Person where appropriate – to encourage and assist each with essential tasks and support them in activities of their interest(s) to develop core skills.

Encouragement and prompting to follow their daily routines and maintain structure to their days is essential.

The young people are aged 16, and 14.

The role will entail a mixture of community based as well as home-based activities to develop their social and communication skills, their mental health and wellbeing as well as encourage independent living skills as age/stage appropriate for each.

Skills & Requirements

A knowledge and experience (either via employment or personal) of the impacts of living with Neuro-diversities and common co-morbid conditions.

The Young people each have multiple diagnoses and individual support plans are used but at times these can overlap if appropriate.

Awareness of Person-Centred Planning is beneficial but not essential and will be learned within the role.

Previous experience as a PA is desirable.

A car driver is not essential but is desirable.

Other Attributes

  • Friendly
  • Calm demeanour – to aid emotional and behaviour regulation.
  • Patient and able to give extra time to process information
  • A good listener
  • Able to adapt language accordingly.
  • Good organisation and planning skills
  • Flexible and adaptable to the environment and situation
  • Good Time Management – Prompt and ready to start at start of shift / Able to keep to routines and structures as timed where possible
  • Willing to take Direction from Employer (Including Young Person where appropriate)



Main roles

The roles will be varied between shifts and individuals.

  • Encouraging and motivating young person to engage in daily routine
  • Encouraging and motivating young person to engage in productive activities to boost self-esteem / confidence
  • Support to access community and community services – including use of public transport.
  • Support to engage in social and recreational activities – as possible examples these may include cinema, eating out, coffee shops or the gym as well as support during clubs.
  • Support with daily living tasks at home – for example meal preparation
  • Support with planning and organising of their day / activities in the week ahead
  • Emotional Support and reassurance
  • Liaison with main care givers (parents) regarding progress
  • May also be required at times to feedback/ liaise with external agencies on behalf of the young person’s support needs

Hours and Availability

  • Young Person 1 (16):–

3 hours per week school term time– 40 weeks of year – required out with school hours

6 hours during school breaks – 12 weeks per year – Flexible though negotiated / planned in advance

  • Young Person 2 (14):–

3 hours per week school term time– 40 weeks of year – required out with school hours

6 hours during school breaks – 12 weeks per year – Flexible though negotiated / planned in advance


  • Parent Support – Flexible hours per week 52 weeks of the year (including 5.6 week A/L) – to be negotiated at interview


  • Overnight respite – May be offered (please advise at interview if you are unable / uninterested in any overnight shifts as these can be offered to another PA). Please note these sleeping shifts also will be supervising an additional 2 older teens / young adults also with ASN to allow parents respite.


Accumulative total hours per week are-

Term Time (40 weeks per year) =  6 hours plus Parental support hours – negotiated at time of interview

School Holidays (12 weeks per year) = 12 hours plus Parental support hours – negotiated at time of interview


Plus, additional overnight respites if opt in up to a maximum of 5 a year

These hours can be shared between more than one / multiple PA (s) as appropriate as each recipient of care has been assessed independently.



This post will offer the successful candidate a lot of variation in their daily roles.  The young people have several different interests and talents between them and you will be expected to engage with them though their interests, which range from gaming and TV show facts to cooking / baking and shopping or accessing other community services that they are unable to access unsupported.

Each week may offer a different variety of activities and roles to work towards reaching their desired outcomes across a range of skills and abilities. However, a weekly planner/ schedule is used and tends to remain consistent week on week when possible.


  • Pay £10.90 per hour (council standard rate). Over nights fixed rate £98.10.
  • 6 weeks Paid Annual Leave (pro rata)
  • Employer uses LCiL for support with PAYE and Contracts / Legal requirements
  • Pension Contribution where applicable
  • PVG checks expensed by employer
  • Insurance paid by employer

Other Information

The home has a number of pets.  If you have any allergies or fear of certain animals please enquire prior to application to avoid disappointment. Thank you.

How to apply


If this is of interest to you, or you have any enquiries please contact


Sylvia Davidson   – 07447 915 176


Thank you.

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