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Practitioners Level 1 and 2 (Surrey)

Employer: Surrey County Council

  • Reference: 1200811
  • Published on: Wed 03/08/2011 10:12 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 11/08/2011 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time, Permanent
  • Hours:
  • Salary: £25,398 - £30,456 per annum (SP8) for Level 1, £32,169 - £36,912 per annum (SP9) for Level 2
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Across Surrey

There’s never been a more exciting time to join Adult Social Care in Surrey County Council. We’ve had a major review of how we work and are currently implementing these changes.

We currently have a variety of permanent full and part time vacancies for qualified social care practitioners in the following local areas / offices:

East Surrey Area:

Horley (Level 2 Full & Part time),

Reigate (Level 2 – Full and Part time)

Mid Surrey:

Esher (Level 2 Part time),

NW Surrey:

Ashford (Level 2 – Full & Part Time),

Chertsey (Level 2 – Part time),

Staines (Level 2 – Part time),

SW Surrey:

Farnham (Level 2 Full & Part time),

Frimley – County Transition Team (Level 2 Part time; Level 1 Full & Part time), Guildford (Level 2 Part time; Level 1 Full & Part time)

Interviews for short listed applicants are planned to be held on the 18th and 19th August.

Promoting independence, choice and control is at the heart of this post. This is an exciting opportunity to work with people in a person-centred way, proactively seeking to empower them and maximising their potential for independence. If you want to make a difference to peoples lives – enabling and supporting them to enhance their wellbeing and independence by giving them choice and control over the support and care they need – this may the job for you!

The post will be based in a defined geographical area and you may be required to work in both community and hospital settings. You will be part of a team and will receive regular support and supervision.

As a qualified practitioner you will have responsibility for leading the assessment, support planning and review process for new referrals. You will provide guidance, support, advice and direction to assistant practitioners and less experienced colleagues within the team. Level two practitioners will provide supervision to assistant practitioners and less experienced staff. Experienced level one practitioners will have the opportunity for training to develop supervision skills.

Core tasks include person-centred assessment and planning, risk assessment and reablement for some of Surrey’s most vulnerable citizens. All qualified practitioners will be involved in carrying out safeguarding investigations. Level two practitioners will routinely work with cases that present particular complexities arising from e.g. legal issues, statutory requirements, disputes within families or the need to make best interest decisions.

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 manage a caseload of individuals and carers where the support plan may need close monitoring, or frequent review, or where interventions to minimise and manage risk may be required.

Successful applicants will be skilled at communicating and working with people with social care needs and have experience of working directly with people with social care needs and of visiting them in their own homes or their care setting as part of paid or voluntary work or student placement. You will be confident and competent in working with people with a variety of physical and cognitive impairments. You will have skills in professional assessment, excellent communication skills and the ability to work professionally in a multidisciplinary / multi-agency context.

You will need to have competent IT skills and be able and willing to learn to use a variety of software systems. All short listed applicants will be required to complete a basic IT skills test as part of the interview process.

Level two practitioners will have substantial experience of direct work with people with complex support needs and will have an established record of supervising less experienced staff. Level one practitioner may have a more limited range or depth of professional experience than level two practitioners or may be looking to develop their skills in supervision or complex casework as part of a development plan to take on higher-level accountabilities.

Practitioners will be expected to 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.

Please find attached below the Practitioner Level 1 and 2 Job Description and Person Specification. Use these documents to carefully consider which role you have the relevant competencies for and would like to apply for. Please make sure you indicate which level you are applying for on your application form.

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.

Closing Date: 11 August 2011

Equal Opportunities

We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

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