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Assistant Practitioners Level 1 and 2 (Surrey)

Employer: Surrey County Council

  • Reference: 1200803
  • Published on: Wed 03/08/2011 11:00 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 11/08/2011 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time, Permanent
  • Hours:
  • Salary: £19,024 - £22,035 per annum (SP6) for Level 1, £21,940 - £26,139 per annum (SP7) for Level 2
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Across Surrey

There’s never been a more exciting time to join Adult Social Care. 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 unqualified Assistant Social Care Practitioners in the following local areas / offices:

East Surrey Area:

  • Horley (Level 2 Full & Part time),
  • Tandridge (Level 1 – Full & Part time; Level 2 – Part time)

Mid Surrey:

  • Epsom (Level 1 Full & Part time; Level 2 Full & Part time)
  • Esher (Level 1 Full & Part time),
  • Leatherhead (Level 1 Part time; Level 2 Part time)

NW Surrey:

  • Ashford (Level 1 – Full & Part time),
  • Chertsey (Level 1 – Full & Part time),
  • Staines (Level 1 Full & Part time),
  • Woking (Level 1 Full & Part time)

SW Surrey:

  • Farnham (Level 2 Full & Part time; Level Full & Part time),
  • Frimley – County Transition Team (Level 2 Full & Part time),
  • Frimley Park Hospital (Level 2 Full and Part time)
  • Guildford (Level 1 Full & Part time)

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

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 maximize their wellbeing and independence in their local community’.

Promoting independence, choice and control is at the heart of these posts. This is an exciting opportunity to work with people to maximise their potential for independence.

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 have access to direction, support and supervision from a qualified practitioner.

You will have frequent direct contact with the public on the phone as well as visiting them in their own home or care setting. Your role will be to assist qualified practitioners with a variety of tasks, including assessing peoples needs and carrying out regular reviews. You will frequently be the first point of contact between the public and the service, gathering initial information and identifying the need for further assessment, as well as signposting people to other services. Some post holders may work as dedicated assistant practitioners as part of the ‘in touch’ service on a rotating basis. (Long-term Teams)

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.

Level one assistant practitioners will hold a caseload of individuals and carers who will generally have a support plan in place that requires routine monitoring.

Level two assistant practitioners will carry a caseload and work with individuals who need additional support or guidance in order 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 may be required. 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.

Successful level one applicants will enjoy working with people and have experience of direct work with the public as part of paid or voluntary work, although they may have limited or no experience of visiting people in their own homes or care settings.

Level two applicants will have substantial 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. They will be confident and competent in working with people with a variety of physical and cognitive impairments.

All applicants will need to have competent basic 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 an IT assessment as part of the interview process.

Post holders 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 Assistant Practitioner Level one and two Job Description and Person Specification. Use these documents to carefully consider which role you have the relevant competencies and experience for before you apply and please make sure you indicate the specific level (one or two) 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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