PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING APPLICATION FORMS Guidance Notes on the Completion of an Application Form The information you give on the application form is the major source of information that will be considered when deciding whether or not you

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING APPLICATION
FORMS


Guidance Notes on the Completion of an Application Form


The information you give on the application form is the major source of
information that will be
considered when deciding whether or not you
should be shortlisted for interview. It is therefore most important that
you complete the application form as fully, carefully and accurately as
possible. Please note that CVs are acceptable only as an alternat
ive to
the completion of the supplementary sheet headed ‘Previous
Employment’, and if you fail to complete the application form fully, your
application will be disregarded.


The following suggestions are made to help you.


1)

When completing the application f
orm, make sure that you have a
copy of the Job Description for the post and that you have studied
it carefully. You should also read the press advertisement for the
vacancy carefully and any other detailed information sent to you
with the application form
, including where appropriate, the
Personnel Specification which lists the personal attributes required
to complete the job successfully. At an interview it will be
assumed that you have read all of the enclosures distributed with
the application form and

from which questions will be linked.


2)

Write down a list of the skills, knowledge and experience that you
think you have, and identify those which will be useful and relevant
for this post.


3)

The supplementary sheet “Why are you applying for this job and
wh
at abilities and experience are you bringing” is your main
opportunity to say why we should shortlist you; fill in this section
as fully as you are able to. You should endeavour to show by
reference to previous work experience (paid and unpaid) why you
f
eel you possess the attributes identified in the Personnel
Specification. Make sure you consider not only your work
experience, but any other experience you may have gained which
is relevant.


4)

Make sure you direct your application towards this specific po
st,
and the requirements for it.


5)

Make a rough draft of your application first. This will enable you to
check it for mistakes or repetition, and will help to ensure that your
form is well presented and relevant.


6)

Make sure that you have given your full ca
reer history in
chronological order and have not left any unexplained gaps.


7)

Before giving someone’s name as a referee, make sure that you
have their current address and/or their place of work.


8)

Check the application through before you post it, make sure y
ou
have signed and dated it, and if possible take a photocopy of it to
keep for future reference.


9)

Finally, make sure that we receive the form by the closing date, as
late applications will not normally be considered.


JSP/DMcD/SAS/Rev 10/2007


KATHLEEN RUTLAND HOME FOR THE BLIND



The Kathleen Rutland Home sits in its own beautiful grounds and offers
a home to 46 older men and women (over 65) who are visually impaired.
The Home is registered as a Residential Care Home with t
he Leicester
Area Office of the National Care Standards Commission under the Care
Standards Act 2000. The Home is not registered to provide any nursing
care.


There are, in addition to single en
-
suite rooms throughout, spacious
communal areas including a
delightful sun lounge. Each person has
their own bedroom key to ensure privacy and can entertain guests in
private.


Support is provided by a team of Support Workers, some of whom have
attained their NVQ qualifications and all of whom have received traini
ng
to enable them to support the particular needs of people who have a
visual impairment. Additionally, the layout of the Home both inside and
out has been designed with visual impairment in mind (e.g. railings
around the grounds that enable people to enj
oy them independently)
and volunteers provide regular reading groups to enable people to keep
up
-
to
-
date with the news.


The other services of Vista may also be accessed for people resident in
our Homes, for instance, loan of Talking Books from the well eq
uipped
Resources Centre in Gedding Road.


The Kathleen Rutland Home is situated in Leicester Forest East just
outside the city of Leicester. It shares ownership of a minibus with
another of Vista’s Homes and has excellent links with the local
community.
A wide range of interests are available both within and
outside the Home; for instance, reading groups, quiz nights, outings to
local parks or gardens, shopping trips, meals out, theatre trips, musical
evenings and bingo.


Application for a place at the K
athleen Rutland Home for the Blind can
be made to the Manager, Paul Sykes, on 0116 239 4234.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES



Vista (formerly the Royal Leicestershire, Rutland and Wycliffe Society for
the Blind) was established in 1858 and provides a wide range of
services to visually impaired people in Leicester, Leicestershire and
Rutland. In addition to Vista’s Community Services, there are two
homes for older people who are visually impaired, and two services for
adults who are visually impaired and have additi
onal disabilities. The
Homes are all registered by the National Care Standards Commission.


The main aim of Vista’s Residential Homes is to provide a Person
Centred Service to each individual in a homely, caring and supportive
environment.


CORE
PRINCIPLES


The delivery of our residential services is underpinned by the Core
Principles of Vista, which say what standards can be expected by people
who use our services.


We shall ensure that everyone with a visual impairment is supported to
have:


DIG
NITY AND RESPECT

as a unique individual.

PRIVACY

in their own home.

PROTECTION

from harm.

I
NDEPENDENCE

to the greatest degree possible.

CHOICE

so that people are empowered.

RIGHTS
, as for all people in society.

CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUE
, according to in
dividual beliefs
and background.

A VOICE

that is heard.










Forms/Application Forms/KRH
B information


Weekend Laundry

Assistant

Kathleen Rutland Home f
or
t
he Blind


Conditions of Service

B)

Disclosure


If appointed you will be working with vulnerable
adults and will be asked
to give your consent to the applicati
o
n for
an

enhanced disclosure via
the
Disclosure & Barring Service.
Failure to give consent to such an
application will preclude a job offer.


Vista operates its own conditions of service.


1)

R
ate of Pay

& Hours of Work


It is essential that these hours can be worked
at the weekends

between
9.00a
m

and 1.00pm, Saturday and Sunday.


£3,227
-

£3,445 per annum for 10 hours per week according to
experience.


Payment is made monthly by the Bankers
Automated Clearing
System directly into the employee’s Bank or Building Society
account.


2)

References


The appointment is subject to the receipt of satisfactory
references.


3)

Pension Scheme


Vista is able to offer employees a Stakeholder Pension Scheme

with Standard Life effective from the commencement date of
employment.


Vista will make a contribution of 3
%

of your salary

into this plan
provided that you also make a personal contribution of at least 4%
of your salary, and will

be payable by Vista on c
onfirmation of the
satisfactory completion of the probationary period of employment,
i.e. no earlier than 6 months from the commencement date.


4)

Probationary Periods of Employment


Employment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a 6 month
proba
tionary period of employment. Every encouragement will be
given to candidates to complete the probationary period
satisfactorily.


5)

Notice Period


This appointment is also subject to a minimum of
one week’s

notice in writing by either side to terminate
the employment during
the probationary period of employment. The notice period will
increase to four weeks following confirmation of the satisfactory
completion of the probationary period of employment.


6)

Holidays


Vista’s leave year runs from 1 April t
o 31 March. The leave
entitlement for this post is 4 x weekly contracted hours although a
pro rata entitlement will apply subject to the start date of the
successful applicant.


In addition the post holder is entitled to Statutory Holidays and 2

extra d
ay
s
as allowed by Vista (pro rata for part time
appointments). If the post holder is required to work any of the
dates below, they will receive time off in lieu.


Easter

*Good Friday, *Easter Monday.

*

May Day


(First Monday in May).

* Spring Bank Holiday
plus extra day allowed by Vista

*

Summer Bank Holiday plus

extra day allowed by Vista

Christmas

*Christmas Day, *Boxing Day.

*

New Year’s Day.



Requests for holidays should be submitted and agreed with your
Line Manager. Excess leave taken on termination

of employment
will be deducted from final salary or must be repaid to Vista.





7)

Sickness Absence


Three separate periods of absence or total absence in excess of 2
weeks (2 x weekly contracted hours) during the Probationary
Period of Employment will b
e considered unsatisfactory and may
result in the termination of employment.


Payment for authorised sickness absence during the probationary
period of employment will be made for one week (normal weekly
contracted hours) only.


Details of the reporting
requirements and Statutory Sick Pay
Scheme will be sent to you, should you be appointed.


8)

Maternity Leave


All female employees have the right to return to work subject to the
provisions of Vista’s maternity leave policy, details of which are
available
on request from the Human Resources Department



9)

Equal Opportunities Policy


Employees will be required to adhere to Vista’s Equal
Opportunities Policy.


10)

General


Staff are expected to play a full part in Vista’s overall philosophy
and goals which m
ay include from time to time involvement in
promotional or fundraising activities. It is not anticipated that there
would be more than 3 occasions per year when an employee
would be expected to give of their own time in supporting Vista’s
activities.

Personnel Specification

Laundry Assistant

Location:

Kathleen Rutland Home for the Blind


Criteria

Essential

Desirable

How Identified

Experience




Previous laundry
experience.



Previous experience
of working with people
with a sight
loss.


Application
form/interview/references




Specialist
knowledge/

skills



Able to sew and carry out minor
repairs to garments.



Able to work on own initiative and
effectively as part of a team.



Good
communication skills in English.



Application form &

Interview

Application form &

Interview

Application form &


terview

Motivation



Commitment to equal opportunities,
and Vista’s Statement of Culture,
salues and Core mrinciples.



Willing to undertake training as
appropriate to the role.



Interview



Interview



Physical






Ability to undertake moving and
handling tasks.



Knowledge of moving
and handling
techniques and
equipment.

Application form &
Interview




Other







Willingness to take part in and help
organise activities in and outside the
home.




Interview



Date
: August 2013

(Rev)



Vista’s Statement of Culture, Values and Core Principles

Vista is a progressive, enabling charity committed to improving lives for people with sight loss.

Vista

aims to support people with sight loss to have:



Dignity and Respect
as a unique individual



Privacy
in their own home



Protection
from harm



Independence
to the greatest degree possible



Choice
so that people are empowered



Rights,
as for all people in society



Cultural and Spiritual Value
, according to individual beliefs and background



A Voice

that is heard.


Job Description


Job Title:





Laundry Assistant


Location:

New Wycliffe Home/Kathleen
Rutland Home, as applicable


Responsible to:

Home Manager, through Deputy and
Assistant Managers


Primary Objectives:

To be responsible for the efficient
running of the laundry of the Home.


Responsibilities:


A) Laundry Room


1)

To be responsible for the effective and efficient operation and care
of
all laundry equipment and machinery.


2)

To inform senior staff of any problems with laundry equipment
immediately.


3)

To launder clothing daily according to

manufacturers’ instructions,
t
o return it to individual rooms and put it away tidily.


4)

To wash other it
ems of linen, such as bedding, tablecloths and
napkins, as necessary.


5)

To sluice, wash and dry soiled clothing when required.


6)

To alter, repair and mark items of personal laundry as necessary.


7)

To iron clothing and other items, as determined by the senior
member of staff on duty.


8)

To ensure laundry room(s) and equipment are left clean and safe
when not in use.


9)

To inform the senior member of staff on duty of stock requiring
replenishment.


C)

Health and Safety


1.

To abide by Health and Safety legislation.


2.

To ta
ke responsibility for promoting high standards of Health and
Safety at all times, and promoting a safe living and working
environment.


3.

To understand and implement Fire Regulations and respond to all
fire drills or real fire emergencies as instructed. To a
ttend fire
instruction and training events as required.


4.

To undertake Health and Safety training and induction as required,
eg. manual handling.


5.

To report any accidents or injuries immediately to the senior staff
on duty, and to take immediate action to e
nsure the safety of
individuals.


C)

General



1.

To respect the confidential nature of personal information, and to
abide by the Data Protection Act 1998.


2.

To actively protect all vulnerable adults from abuse, prevent abuse
from occurring, and report any suspected incidents of abuse,
following Vista’s Policy and Procedures and the local Multi
-
Agency
Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Vulnerable Adult
s from
Abuse.


3.

To implement and abide by the Policies and Procedures of Vista.


4.

To co
-
operate fully as a member of the staff team, and to ensure
good communication at all times.


5.

To attend and participate in staff meetings. If it is not possible to
attend

a meeting it is the responsibility of each member of staff to
find out what took place and to keep themselves informed.


6.

To participate in regular individual supervision meetings with the
line manager, and a regular annual appraisal of job performance.


7.

T
o abide by all written or verbal instructions given by the senior
team of the Home.


8.

To participate in training and development events as appropriate,
and to take responsibility for personal development and learning.


9.

To demonstrate a commitment to equal o
pportunities as it applies
to individuals who live in the Home, the staff team, and members
of the wider community.


10.

To participate in social and fundraising events, to promote the
work of Vista.


11.

To work flexibly, and to be prepared to adjust timetabled h
ours,
with due notice being given wherever possible, to meet the needs
of individuals, or to respond to emergencies (due to staff sickness,
emergencies or unforeseen events).


12.

To carry out any other such duties as required that
may
reasonably fall
within t
he scope of this post.



PS








Rev: August 2013


This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time when it
was drawn up. Such duties may vary from time to time without changing
the general character of the duties or the level of
responsibility entailed.
Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot of themselves
justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.