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Home Care Driver - Relief

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We’re recruiting for a dedicated, flexible person to join our Home Care service to work as a relief driver.

You’ll be driving a city council vehicle to take a small team of carers to and from the homes of the people they’re looking after, if they’re not in a position to drive themselves.

Our care service runs between 7am and 10pm, so you’ll need to be flexible and able to work a mixture of both early starts and late finishes.

Milton Keynes City Council is a modern and friendly place to work. We offer an excellent benefits package including an enhanced pension, generous holiday allowance starting at 28 days as well as a great range of training and development opportunities to help you in your career.

Main Responsibility

  • Drive Home Care vehicles, transporting Home Carers to and from Service Users own homes, enabling them to provide care visits.
  • Follow run list created by Home Care Scheduler or Co-ordinator and support when needed in planning of these runs, contributing to the efficient operation of the service.
  • Prepare the vehicle for use, including undertaking vehicle safety checks, preparation of the interior, cleaning windows and re-fuelling where necessary.
  • Maintain and keep appropriate records with regard to the vehicle.
  • Drive Home Care vehicles, working to agreed health and safety policies at all times.
  • To always drive vehicles in a safe and responsible manner, taking accountability for the vehicle and its contents, ensuring it is in a serviceable condition, is used properly and report any defects to keep the vehicle in a roadworthy condition whilst in use.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Current clean driving licence held for more than three years.
  • Ability to translate schedules into driving and passenger collection routes, operating within specific timescales.
  • Follow risk management plans as documented and make Home Care Co-ordinator aware of any potential hazards.
  • Adaptable to new working processes and procedures, building in continuous improvement and on own initiative.
  • Flexible approach to working hours, to fit with the needs of the service.
  • For this role you are required to have a Full UK Driving Licence. If you are successful, you will be required to supply evidence of your Licence prior to starting the role.

Package Description

​We are really proud of the benefits we are able to offer our staff here at Milton Keynes City Council, including:-

  • Local Government Pension Scheme, excellent pension scheme widely regarded as one of the best available.
  • 28 days annual leave per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 32 days after 5 years.
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme.
  • Our Professional Development Centre provides access to courses such as in-house management development programmes endorsed by the Institute of Leadership, coaching and mentoring and access to our Smarter Learning portal
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Health Cashplan.
  • MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings on a wide range of retail, leisure and entertainment products and services such as Pizza Express, M&S, B&Q, John Lewis and Arriva Travel.
  • Blue Light Card - Employees working within Social Care can qualify for a range of discounts from national retailers to local businesses in a wide range of categories including holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones and much more!
  • SmartGo – Aimed at encouraging low-carbon transport and healthy lifestyle with discounted travel e.g. Halfords, Arriva, Europcar, National Railcards and Stagecoach.
  • Homebuy Scheme (for eligible roles).
  • Smarter working which provides the opportunity to work from various locations including from home for a proportion of your role (subject to business needs).
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements.
  • Childcare Subsidy.

About The Organisation

Milton Keynes is a diverse, welcoming, and expanding place, built on smart ideas with even bigger plans for the future. We have world class attractions, beautiful open spaces, and a great standard of living.

Milton Keynes Council is one of the largest employers in the region, making a difference every day for local people. We’re responsible for all local government services in MK including education, housing, highways, and social services - around 240 services in all.

Our values are to be dedicated, respectful, and collaborative. If this sounds like you, join us for a stimulating and fulfilling career measured on results, and a rewarding work-life balance.

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