ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT WORKER & CLASSROOM SUPPORT WORKER
Matrix Neurological is a lived-experience led, pioneering charity that helps children and young people living with an acquired brain injury caused by an accident or illness. We also provide practical, emotional and peer support to their families.
Due to additional funding, we are expanding our highly skilled team. We are looking for 2 patient, supportive, resilient and dynamic individuals. You must be passionate about helping children and young people to succeed and have good long term outcomes, by maximising their skills and personal development through the provision of innovative non-clinical interventions.
Both roles provide Specialist Education Needs support to children and young people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury, helping facilitate improvements in their physical, sensory, cognitive, communication, social, emotional and behavioural function, and supporting their ongoing recovery journey. 1 post will work in both in the office and as outreach, and 1 is a more office-based role with some occasional outreach work. You do not need experience of acquired brain injury in children and young people as training will be provided.
You will have experience of successfully working directly with and engaging disadvantaged children and young people with disabilities, including learning and behavioural difficulties. You will possess excellent communication and administration skills and will be working both in community settings and in family homes.
ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT WORKER (Mental Health and Wellbeing) – (Initially 12 months fixed term contract as the role is funding dependent)
£12.16 per hour (£22,183 pro rata) Hours – to be agreed
The job role is to provide 1-1 emotional and development support to children and young people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. Working as part of a pioneering support team, you will provide stimulating fun activities that will prioritise poor mental wellbeing, low self esteem and self-belief and assist with the ongoing sensory, cognitive, communication, social, emotional and behavioural development of these highly vulnerable young people.
CLASSROOM SUPPORT WORKER
£10.79 per hour (£19,638 pro rata) Hours – to be agreed
The job purpose is to support learning and skills development, provide administrative support and help with the smooth running of our Classroom/Activities Room for children and young people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. You will also provide fun and stimulating activities to assist with cognitive, communication or emotional and behavioural development.
Both posts are subject to either an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (EDBS) check and will commence in April 2022.
To apply for any of these posts, please contact us on 01642 989116 to request an application pack.
Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 4 April 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best outcomes for children and young people"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
"Pediatric neuro-rehabilitation cannot be delivered in isolation. The needs of the child have to be looked at both holistically and within the context of the family unit. Parents need to be empowered to be parents in post-acute pediatric neuro-rehabilitation following brain injury"
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to prioritise in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
"Different 'experts' involved in paediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."