Senior Adults Social Care Assistant - Remote Working

Posted 27 October by Surrey County Council
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The starting salary for these positions is £27,991 per annum for 36 hours per week and £13,995.50 per annum for 18 hours per week.

As part of our greener future strategies and our commitment to creating a healthy work-life balance, we welcome a conversation with you regarding our remote working options. Remote working to us is a balance of spending time in our communities, our offices and working remotely from home or wherever works best.

We currently have 3 vacancies for the Senior Social Care Assistant role based within the Adult Social Care team at Epsom General Hospital. This role also requires cover for Epsom and St. Helier Hospital.

The positions currently on offer are:

  • 1 x permanent contract at 36 hours per week
  • 1 x permanent contract at 18 hours per week
  • 1 x 6 month fixed-term/secondment contract at 36 hours per week

This is an exciting opportunity for you to build on existing skills and to gain experience of working in a hospital setting. Working within the team, you will be liaising closely with the NHS to understand and to make a difference to people being discharged from hospital. You will gain a deeper knowledge of the continuing care process and integrated health and social care, and how this looks in practice.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who enjoy working with people and can work in a high-pressure acute hospital environment. You will have an important role in the team helping to deliver high-quality, personalised adult social care and supporting timely, safe and effective hospital discharges. This is a fast-paced and highly pressured role, so being able to manage the demand to ensure service needs are met is essential.

Our vision is ‘Working with all our partners to make a difference to the lives of people, through trusted, personalised and universal social care support, so people have choice and control, and can maximise their wellbeing and independence in their local community’.

You will be part of a team and have access to direction, support and supervision from a Supervisor (in some cases a qualified Social Worker). You will have frequent direct contact with the public on the phone as well as visiting them on the ward, in their own home or care setting. Your role will involve a variety of tasks, including assessing people’s needs and carrying out regular reviews.

You will work in partnership with individuals, their carers, professional staff in other agencies, service providers and Support Brokers in order to support vulnerable adults and their families to identify and arrange services that meet their needs and promote independence, choice and control.

You will have a caseload and work with individuals who need additional support or guidance to identify their needs or where best interests decisions need to be made on their behalf. They may need close monitoring, or frequent review or interventions to minimise and manage risk. You may be involved in carrying out risk assessments and prescribing basic daily living equipment and minor property adaptations. You will be involved in supporting safeguarding investigations and attending safeguarding meetings with the support of qualified practitioners. 

Senior Social Care Assistants should have substantial experience of working directly with people with social care needs, including visiting them in their own homes. You will be confident and competent in working with people with a variety of physical and cognitive impairments, as you may work with any combination, or all, of the following care groups: older people, people with physical, sensory, cognitive impairments, people with a learning disability and people with mental health problems.

You will need to have competent basic IT skills and be able and willing to learn to use a variety of software systems.

The work involves travelling within Surrey and also other parts of the county. Therefore you will need to be a car driver and have access to a car.

Our service runs from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. In practice, you are likely to be required to work a minimum of one weekend shift per month and one late shift per week. Staff who are on the rota to work a shift falling on a weekend will be given a day off in lieu. Full-time applicants will be contracted to a 36 hour week, and these hours will be worked on a rota basis across seven days a week. Further information regarding the working pattern can be discussed at interview.

This role includes duty work and attending ward multi-disciplinary meetings and family meetings.

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For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 11/11/2021.

Interviews will take place on week commencing 22/11/2021.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Rose-Marie Bonaparte-Kamara on

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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