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Social Work Support Assistant

We have an exciting opportunity for a Part Time 30 hours per week Social Work Support Assistant on a permanent basis within the Home Safe Hospital Discharge Team based at Wansbeck General Hospital.

If you are passionate about delivering a high-quality service, we would like to hear from you!

The post will work alongside adults in hospital who have a physical disability or illness, mental health and learning disability. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a fast-paced team with enthusiastic and experienced Social Work Support Assistant and Social Workers. The team has close working relationships with Community Care and Support Teams and both primary and secondary Health Services.

The post holder will be required to undertake Urgent Needs Assessments and to devise care plans, which address needs in line with the Care Act 2014 eligibility criteria, taking into account individual service user choice, physical, emotional, psychological and environmental circumstances.

Whilst this post is predominantly based at Wansbeck General Hospital the applicant may be required to support other sites within the County.

The hours are currently Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5pm, however there may be future service development to include weekend working to provide a 7 day service.

The main responsibilities include:
– Carrying out assessments and working with service users to design solutions to meet their desired outcomes, seeking guidance from your Line Manager and colleagues where appropriate.
– Participating in discharge planning (from hospital), Ward Rounds and care planning meetings.
– Managing and planning such work in an effective way to allow the required monitoring and review of the outcomes achieved for an individual.
– To undertake non-complex Mental Capacity Assessments
– Carrying out Risk Assessments as part of the care management process.
– Take part in shadowing of students, e.g. Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and newly appointed staff from other disciplines.
– Ensuring all written and electronic records are maintained to Organisational standards.
– Providing written reports, outcomes of assessments and recommendations.
– Advocating on behalf of service users.

Essential requirements:
– NVQ 3 in social care or equivalent
– Experience of working with adults in a social care setting
– Some knowledge of legislation relevant to mental health and adult social care
– Some knowledge of, or experience of, working with people experiencing mental illness, learning disability and/or physical conditions in adults and older people
– Due to the nature of this role, it is an essential requirement of the role that the post holder has a valid driving license and has access to a car they can use for work purposes

We are offering:
– A starting salary of £24,496 (rising to £26,845) – pro rata for part time employees
– Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (or other pension scheme)
– A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
– Flexible working arrangements
– The successful candidates will receive regular supervision and personal development opportunities

The closing date is 27th February 2023 at midnight.

If you would like to discuss these posts further please contact Sue Straker or Andrea Marr (Team Managers) on 01670 529498 for an informal discussion.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview, please also let the team know. This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post.

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