Home First team expands to help even more people live independently at home

11:09, Tuesday, 31st August 2021

North Lincolnshire Home First Community support is looking to recruit new team members to meet the growing demand for assisting people in North Lincolnshire to live independently at home.

Home First is a North Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group funded partnership; the service comprises of:

  • Home First Hospital
  • Home First Short Stay
  • Home First Community

Home First Community provide time limited, short term, rehabilitation and reablement support to adults aged 18 years and over, across North Lincolnshire, to enable them to continue to live independently and lead a fulfilling life in their own home, or place of their choice.

There are five Community Reablement Assistant (grade 3) and 12 Community Rehabilitation Worker (grade 5) posts available within the Home First Community team to provide rehabilitation support to individuals following accident or illness allowing a return to independence.

Full training will be given to all new employees as part of the induction period, including the opportunity to carry out qualifications. Experience is desirable but not essential for the Community Reablement Assistant roles, however experience is required for the Community Rehabilitation Worker roles.

Home First focuses on people’s values and beliefs. Are you:

  • Compassionate?
  • Caring?
  • Courageous?
  • A good communicator?
  • Committed?
  • Competent?

The Home First team would like to hear from you.

The roles involve direct work such as supporting with moving and handling, attending to personal care needs and administering medication as well as maximising opportunities for social inclusion and emotional wellbeing.

The ability to work flexibly including weekends and unsocial hours, including bank holidays, and be able to travel around North Lincolnshire is essential.

The roles offer a fantastic work life balance through a 25 hour per week contract on a four-week rota pattern and as a rehabilitation worker you will be part of a fast paced and developing service that has opportunities for further development and progression. Team members receive excellent supervisory and peer support.

Alisha Tennison, aged 22, started working at the council in the Home First Community team in 2018 in her first ever caring role as a Rehabilitation Assistant and is now a Rehabilitation Officer, she said:

“I absolutely love my job. I go out into the community and do assessments for the longer-term care because we’re only a short-term service. We have service users for up to six weeks to try and regain confidence and independence in the community. We strive on regaining independence and really taking pride in getting that person to where they need to be. When you get someone who comes home from hospital and they couldn’t walk and then this person is now walking to the post box on the street, it’s really nice to see those little steps.

“My hopes for the future are to become more established in my current role. Hopefully moving up to being backup duty and then to team leader, and then hopefully to area manager of the Home First team.

“To anyone who is wanting to come into care, absolutely go for it. It’s so, so, so rewarding.”

Nicola Akester, aged 36, has worked in care nearly 11 years. Her job role is Rehabilitation and Reablement Worker in the Home First Community team, she said:

“One of my family members was working for a care agency and it just sounded like something that maybe interested in doing.

“I love it because you get to work with lots of different people and it’s just really nice to have that feeling that you’ve helped somebody in some way. Sometimes you’re the only people that they see, so it’s nice to be that person and that sounding board as well for them.

“My hopes for the future would be to hopefully stay with Home First, keep going with the Home First family.

“If somebody’s thinking about working in care, I would say just do it. It’ll be one of the best things you do. It is such a rewarding job, just to know you’ve made that difference to somebody.”

To find out more about becoming a care worker in North Lincolnshire and local job opportunities, visit the Proud to Care North Lincolnshire website.

Take a look at the Home First Community vacancies on the council’s website: Find your perfect job (current-vacancies.com), search for ‘social care’.

If you would like support with completing your application form, including how much detail is required to meet the essential criteria and further details on the roles, contact the Home First Community team on 01724 298190 or 01724 297258. Alternatively, the Action Station can offer support with application forms, email action.station@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297000.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Adults and Health, said:

“Home First is an amazing team that make a difference to people’s lives every day. They ensure adults in North Lincolnshire are kept safe and well, whilst keeping their independence and giving them the confidence they need to remain at home.

“We’re looking for people who are caring and compassionate with good communication skills and are committed to support adults in North Lincolnshire reach their full potential after a hospital stay or accident.

“If you feel you have the right kind of values and want to be part of a special team with good progression opportunities, then we look forward to hearing from you.”