Community Support Worker
Various Teams within Adult Social Care
Salary from £20,000 - £24,000 per annum
Permanent, full time contract
If shortlisted, interviews have been scheduled for Wednesday 28th March 2018
Essex County Council's (ECC) adult social care is making a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care and support, to early intervention and enabling people to live independently as long as possible, with support they choose. And we believe that individuals are usually best-placed to take decisions on their care and support needs. This will enable people to access information and tools, to live independently.
As a support worker you will be working closely with social workers and occupational therapists, delivering bespoke, intervention work, in accordance with the care plan, to vulnerable adults. It may be required to manage a caseload, including assessment of risk through direct work, within a quality assurance process. A focus will be to ensure that vulnerable people are safeguarded in line with the council's statutory obligations.
We are looking for applicants with relevant experience of working with vulnerable adults, or educated to Level 3 Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). You will be passionate about engaging with and providing support in the community, working with partners as required.
Assess social care needs and provide support to vulnerable adults, which enable them to live healthily and independently; maintaining high standards of professional practice which contribute to continuous improvement across the service and delivering the four key principles
Contribute to the development of care and support plans that gain commitment to solutions to meet each individual's needs
Works collaboratively with others, including the placement team, to support the individual to commission care and support from appropriate providers; including developing their own employees through direct payments
Accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached in line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2015 e.g. Mental Capacity Act (MCA) / Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) / Continuing Healthcare (CHC) etc.
Responsible for highlighting issues and implementing plans to safeguard a vulnerable adult
Building strong, effective relationships with clients, families and carers providing practical advice, support and, where necessary, acting as an advocate. Enabling vulnerable adults to live healthily and as independently as possible
Work collaboratively across the service, with internal and external professional partner agencies to deliver joint objectives and ensure improved outcomes for vulnerable adults
Provide information and advice in relation to involvement/accessing of third party agencies relevant to the needs of the client (e.g. benefits agencies, immigration, and housing)
Attend meetings, reviews, case conferences and court hearings to provide information, insight and evidence; providing reports where appropriate
Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework
Skills, Expereince and Knowledge
- Experience within a social care setting, an NVQ/BTEC Level 3 or equivalent is desirable
Evidence of continuing professional development and knowledge in a relevant professional area
Experience of building strong, effective relationships with adults, their families and carers in times of challenge and crisis
Experience of undertaking direct, activity based work with adults
Knowledge of legislative and policy guidance applicable within social care settings
Proven track record of building working relationships with partners and external agencies
A certificate in first aid and/or knowledge of sign language is desirable in this role
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.)
Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.
Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.
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