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Personal Budget Support Officer
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DAC0218
  • Published: Wed 15/06/2022, 10:16 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 29/06/2022, 23:11 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £22,129 to £27,514 Per Year
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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Personal Budget Support Officer

We provide ongoing support to Social Services clients in receipt of care, via our RBC Managed Service.  In the Personal Budget Support Team we work with service users who live with a variety of challenges such as physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mental ill-health, old age frailty and cognitive deterioration, including dementia.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

We work with all adult client groups, as well as professionals from other services and External Care Providers.

We pride ourselves on making sure people get a high quality service in a timely way and are looking for someone with the right skills, enthusiasm and drive.  We work in a fast-paced environment where priorities are constantly changing so time management skills and adaptability are essential qualities we are looking for.

The role requires a person who is committed to working on behalf of vulnerable people, ensuring they receive high quality and safe services.

About the role
We are looking for a motivated individual who has the desire to ensure that our vulnerable service users eligible care needs are met using quality, value for money services.

In this role you will be responsible for purchasing services required to meet our service users’ eligible care needs. You will need possess a good telephone manner and be confident in working with Care Service Providers and professionals such as Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Teams.

Strong IT and numeracy skills are essential to this role, as is the ability to react to different priorities in your workload. Part of the role involves issuing purchase orders and dealing with any invoicing queries that may arise.

We work very closely with our colleagues in the Commissioning Team. You will be required to gather and analyse information regarding gaps in the market that can be used to inform service development in Reading.

You will have the benefit of working in a well-established and very supportive team. You will also receive regular supervision and training to help you develop your professional skills.  Previous experience of working in a similar role would be desirable however not essential as training will be given.

You will be working from home and from the office, this will be arranged between you and the manager.

You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place.

Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:

Work Together as one team - work collaboratively, with each other and with our partners, and demonstrate the Team Reading values in everything we do

Drive Efficiency - show initiative, be adaptable to change and put forward ideas to help improve delivery and efficiency. Take responsibility for our own learning and development and for reaching our potential

Be Ambitious - be demanding of our own performance – striving to be even better – and be prepared to engage with and challenge leaders in a constructive and positive way

Make a Difference to Reading - maintain the highest levels of customer service and be flexible and willing to provide the services needed at the time they are needed

Our offer
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities 
  • Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to help you save for your retirement

If you would like to know more about this role, please contact Susan Holmes on 07812 462 694 or Steve Saunders on 07812 462 695.

Closing date: Wednesday 29th June 2022
Interview date: TBC

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.