Job Description

Purpose of job:  To ensure that the outcome of all work with adults in need of care and support, and with their carers, is to promote their wellbeing.  To ensure that opportunities to prevent, delay or defer the need for intensive services are maximised by ensuring opportunities for re-ablement and independent living are always considered and explored, enhancing individual and family resilience.  To carry out and review Needs Assessments & Care and Support Plans for individuals and their carers in a timely and effective way ensuring that they are involved fully in the process. . Main Activities & Responsibilities:  Engaging with people to understand the reason for their contact and their presenting needs and to consider options for resolving these at an early stage.  To ensure information and advice is provided in the most appropriate format to the individual.  To identify with the individual the outcomes they wish to achieve.  To work with the individual in their local environment supporting the individual to build support within their local community  To determine eligibility under the Care Act 2014  To undertake proportionate needs assessments/care and support plans within designated timescales, taking into account the individual, locally agreed performance standard`s.  To work closely with primary care/community services/hospital teams/voluntary community services.  To liaise with other professionals and carry out joint needs assessments as appropriate.  To ensure assessments and care and support plans are person centred, asset based and outcome focussed, concentrating on what the person with care and support needs, or carer is able to do, maximising wellbeing within a whole family approach.  To meet statutory requirements and follow best practice in relation to the Mental Capacity Act 2005  To consider and arrange independent advocacy as required under the Care Act 2014.  To consider eligibility for Continuing NHS Healthcare, completing CHC Checklists and referring on to request that a full Decision Support Tool is completed and contributing to this appropriate.  To ensure that the needs of carers are identified and appropriately met through creative support planning.  To ensure that carers are appropriately sign-posted to the range of information, advice and support services available  To maintain accurate, timely and person centred records of actions and decisions and to ensure that the evidence base for decisions making is clearly justifiable.  To ensure support plans are outcome focused, address eligible and non-eligible needs including those that are met by a carer, maximising the use of universal services and other available funding sources.  When all actions in the support plan to prevent, delay and defer the need for on-going support have been completed, determine the Personal Budget that is required to meet any remaining unmet eligible need and ensure this is authorised in line with the scheme of delegation  To provide information and support to anyone who wishes to undertake their own support planning.  Provide information and advice to people about how they can exercise choice and control over the issue of their Personal Budget, including the use of Direct Payments.  To assess risk and work with the adult and carer to develop a person-centred approach to risk enablement.  To refer the procurement of services to the Brokerage Team  To review the support plan at 6/8 weeks, or earlier if requested or appropriate, and adjust as required. To agree with the individual when the next Review should take place, and how, then refer on as required.  To recognise, respond to and report any concerns regarding the quality of care provision  To recognise, respond to and report any safeguarding concerns, working with the adult to determine their preferred outcomes whilst also considering risk to others  To identify any potential deprivation of liberty, and ensure the least restrictive means of care provision prior to instigating legal proceedings.  To promote the welfare of Children and discuss any safeguarding concerns with the Adult Safeguarding Team. Additional Duties and Expectations of a Level 3 Social Worker  To undertake Assessments/Care and Support plans of a higher level of complexity.  To support the professional and practice development of Social Care Workers, ASYE or Level 2 Social Workers within the team through mentoring, co-working and other support mechanisms as agreed with the line manager.  To participate in project and focus groups in relation to quality and practice developments and improvements.  To complete records required for Court and attend hearings as necessary Generic Accountabilities:  To maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training  To undertake other such duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job  To undertake health and safety duties commensurate with the job and/or as detailed in the Directorate’s Health and Safety Policy  The duties described in this job description must be carried out in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity, dignity and due respect for all employees and service users and is consistent with the Council’s Equality and Diversity Policy  Working with some vulnerable children, young people and adults with care and support needs can, at times, be emotionally challenging for which appropriate support will be provided through management supervision. The post holder must be able to deal with such mental demands.  This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and / previously met the definition of Regulated Activity (as defined by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) and is therefore subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Check (Via the Disclosure Barring Service, DBS) (as defined by the Police Act).  This post meets Regulated Activity (as defined by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012) and is subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Check (Via the Disclosure Barring Service, DBS) and the relevant children and/ adults barred list(s) checks.

You must have:

  • A professional qualification in social work and experience of working with Adults
  • Social Work England registration.
  • Post qualified experience.
  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 5 years of employment.

Benefits of working with

  • Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
  • Competitive Rates of pay
  • In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
  • Enhanced DBS completed.
  • Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
  • An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
  • Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
  • Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
  • Recommend a friend bonus scheme
  • “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *

If you would like to find out more information about this role, or the other opportunities have available feel free to click the ‘Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**