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Community Support Worker - Older Adults

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Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 


Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:Pennine House , 2 Lemyngton Street , Loughborough , Leicester , LE11 1UH 


Closing date:26 November 2020 at midnight 

Charnwood Older Adults Social Care service is an established, friendly  and supportive  team seeking to recruit 3 new community support workers to joins us.
  • 2 x full time permanent community support worker posts
  • 1 x full time fixed term community support worker post for 12 months to cover maternity leave.
Salary Range £25 485- £27,666 per annum (Leicestershire  County Council grade 9)
Daily activites of the role.
Completing assessments of the needs of older adults and carers in accordance with The Care Act 2014
You will be meeting with the older adults of Charnwood in their own homes, hospital and Residential/Nursing home settings  to discuss  how they are managing with every day activities e.g. toileting, washing, dressing, meals and drinks, getting out and being part of the community and managing household jobs etc.  You will focus on the strengths that people have as individuals and what they are able to do, the strengths and support they have around them.  Discussing what practical help and support is needed to help them to be as independent as possible by regaining, developing or maintaining skills they have.  You will put the person at the centre of your assessment and capture their thoughts and views and those of people important for them.
You will record this information on Leicestershire  County Council's Care Act (2014) assessment form and decide if the individual is eligible  for support using the Care Act eligibility criteria, if eligible you will discuss the support options available to support their independence.  If not eligible you will offer practical help and support in terms of advice and information or of other organisations that may be able to help.
Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic where appropriate you may also be undertaking assessments virtually e.g. over the telephone or video conference etc.
Identifying and alerting  your service manager to safeguarding concerns
You will be identifying where adults have needs for care and support and as a result of those  needs are unable  to protect themselves from abuse, you will report  this to your service manager in line with Leicestershire County council Safeguarding Thresholds and The Care Act 2014 guidance.
Undertaking mental capacity  assessments in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005
You will be working with adults and  empowering them to make decisions about the care and support they receive for themselves, however,  where indicators are present they may not be able to make these decisions you will be completing mental capacity assessments at the times where specific decisions are needed.
Essential requirements.
- You will be working  in partnership with service users, carers , families, advocates and other professionals  and dealing with complex situations often at the point of crisis where   challenging discussions  are often needed.  Resilience,  a calm head, conflict resolution skills and excellent communication skills both written and verbal are important.    
- Good listening skills.
- You will be entering case records, recording assessments and  creating  support plans  within the Adult Social Care IAS system and also interrogating the system for information, a good standard of written English and ICT skills are therefore essential.
- You will be calculating personal budgets and direct payments for service users and must have GCSE maths at grade c or above ( or equivalent) and be confident in working in with figures.
- Our sense of team is very important to us and you must be a good team player, willing to support colleagues  and go the extra mile.  Equally the ability to work alone in the field is important.
- You will be managing a case load and receive weekly allocations and you need to be able to manage your time well and risk assess your work to determine your daily priorities, knowing when to escalate  concerns to your service manager) .
- Experience of working with older adults with mental health conditions or physical disability is essential.
This post is the subject of an Enhanced DBS check
Please see the Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page

For informal enquires please contact Andrea Woodier  Tel: 01509 266641 Email: andrea.woodier@leics.gov.uk
We particularly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce.
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