1. About The Client
47 year old male who suffered an acquired brain injury from a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage (brain stroke) in June 2014, resulting in physical and cognitive challenges.
The Client has made considerable progress from the original prognosis and can now walk independently for short distances (sometimes with a stick) but currently requires someone close by and prompts. A wheelchair is currently used for longer distances / uneven terrain but the aim is to use the wheelchair as little as possible.
The client is personable and fun, able to communicate well verbally and in writing and generally has a good memory, but experiences challenges with the following:
Executive Functioning (initiating, planning & organizing)
Sequencing and co-ordination (Apraxia)
Reduced movement & sensation on the left side
Working memory / processing multiple pieces of information at once.
Migranes and facial pain
2. About The Role
The role is described as a ‘Support Worker’ / ‘Recovery Manager’ and is considered to be pivotal in supporting ongoing recovery for the Client. The aim is to work with the client to promote functional improvement and increased independence.
The successful candidate will receive direction and guidelines from the client’s treating therapists on how to work with the client optimally to promote improvement – treating therapists include physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech & language therapist and psychologist.
The role would suit someone who:
wishes to develop their skill set and career from a specific area of training to wider practical application
Is passionate about helping others and is motivated by contributing to delivering measurable improvement outcomes for improving the Client’s quality of life
The role will be emotionally rewarding for the right individual.
Required Competencies & Experience
Clinically qualified background e.g. nurse, clinical therapist.
Confident and self-assured
Ability to assess risks in the moment
Adept at problem solving
Compassionate; good at understanding things from the Client’s perspective
Willing to learn
Must like dogs (the client has a friendly 10 year old Labrador)
Practical experience within a neuro rehab context
Previous experience of working with clients with an acquired brain injury
Has their own car; ability to drive client to appointments and activities
Apple technology user
4. Examples of areas the role will support the Client to develop greater Client function and independence:
Dressing (strategies to overcome / manage apraxia
Planning & preparing meals
Planning the client’s diary and organisation of their time.
Taking initiative with activities
Physical & Cognitive exercise practice
Accompanying on external trips e.g. going to the gym, attending physio clinic, supermarket food shopping, undertaking therapy activities
Enhancing communication / interactive skills
Computer/ iPhone usage
The candidate will also be involved in multi-disciplinary team meetings with the client and his team of therapists.
Brentford, close to Kew Bridge – TW8
Nearest station – Mainline, Kew Bridge (Waterloo / Clapham Jcn service); 5 min walk
District Line – between Gunnersbury & Kew Stations (Richmond Line), approx. 20 min walk, regular buses
Parking available on site.
6. Required Hours:
The role is likely to be full time (9am – 5pm , exact times to be agreed), 2-3 days a week (Mondays – Fridays).
There is possible scope for the role to become 5 days a week.
Pulse is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.