Paul Moseley, from Worthing, has been a healthcare assistant with Interserve Healthcare since 2017. He chose to work for the company, despite other job offers, after meeting the branch staff and hearing about the placement with Ollie.
The 35-year-old spent a number of years running a bar before moving into the care sector over ten years ago. Paul hadn’t set out to work in healthcare but took a chance on a job at a care home when he was looking for work. It turned out to be the start of a long-term carer. Paul has experience people with learning disabilities, and a number of conditions such as epilepsy.
Paul said: “The work at the care home was incredible but in intense. Unfortunately overtime the emphasis on paperwork grew and I found myself wanting a change. It was then that I found the job with Interserve Healthcare and I’ve never looked back.”
Paul’s skills and aptitude were matched with Ollie, 18, also from Worthing and Daniel, 12, who lives in Brighton. His role means that he stays overnight within the family homes to take care of these two client who both have muscular dystrophy.
“I met Ollie at the end of his school term. It’s been a joy to see him progress at college and discuss his plans for his life as an adult post eighteen. One of the first things that Ollie wants to do is arrange a night out clubbing.”
“A typical night shift will run from 8pm to 8am. It will start with me spending time with Ollie whilst he plays with friends on his X-box. When he’s ready I help him prepare for bed and I set up the overnight PEG feed and Ollie’s ventilator to ensure that he gets enough oxygen overnight. Some nights we sit up and talk late in the night.
“In the morning I will help Ollie to prepare for college or appointment or let him sleep longer if he has time for a lie-in.”
Paul also cares for Daniel, a 12-year-old boy who he is “very smart, with a brain that moves at the speed of light, and who likes to challenge me with maths questions.”
Daniel and Ollie both have siblings. Paul explains: “Both families are wonderful but it can be tiring caring for children with Muscular Dystrophy. When I come in, I can take over and give the parents respite. They can relax knowing that I’m awake and alert caring for their sons and watching out for them whilst they are sleeping.”
Paul is supported by Interserve Healthcare’s branch nurse, Claudia Hall and from time to time receives new or refresher training. He said: “Interserve Healthcare take their training seriously, it’s very good. And I’ve really enjoyed being trained by professionals who have many years of experience in the field. It makes me more confident in my job and I know I have people to call on if I have questions or worries.
Paul said: “Being a Healthcare Assistant makes me feel very good about what I am doing. I don’t complain about work, I look forward to it. I’m a bit nocturnal so night work suits me. I especially enjoy the friendships I have with Ollie and Daniel; feeling included in family life and knowing that I have the back up of experienced professionals.”