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Communities and Prevention Officer

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/789/8645
  • Published: Fri 15/05/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 28/05/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £35,382 per annum or pro-rata for part time hours
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames

We have one permanent, full time (36 hours per week) position and one fixed-term, part time (14.40 hours per week) opportunity. Part time working will be considered if a job share can be found. 

About the role

We are looking for tenacious and creative team members to support our Communities and Prevention work within Adult Social Care. The successful candidate will build excellent working relationships with partners and residents. They will work proactively to co-design and deliver initiatives that support Surrey’s 2030 Vision within the context of Adult Social care, showing innovation and perseverance to bring about change.

This role will support the delivery of the preventative ‘Stronger Communities’ programme, working collaboratively to build community capacity and deliver better outcomes for residents at less cost. This role will be based in Adult Social Care and will work across the Council to develop a range of community resources upon which residents and communities across Surrey can draw to improve wellbeing and increase independence and resilience.

We are looking for two individuals, one permanently and one for a fixed term of 6 months, who are able to work in a flexible way with communities, staff and partners. The ideal candidates will have experience of innovation and co-design, as well as strong communication, problem-solving and partnership skills.

The post holders will report to the Communities and Prevention Lead and be based in the Adult Social Care Directorate. The Directorate provides a range of services to vulnerable adults and older people across Surrey, including information and advice, needs assessments, care management and the provision of day, residential and community-based services.

Social care is facing significant increases in the volume and acuity of people’s need for adult social care at a time of reductions in local government funding. The care market is becoming increasingly fragile and there have been important changes in national policy. The Care Act 2014 promotes a strengths-based approach to assessment and support planning, requiring local authorities to 'identify an individual's strengths - personal, community and social networks - and maximise those strengths to enable the individual to achieve their desired outcomes, thereby meeting their needs and improving or maintaining their wellbeing.' The Care Act guidance highlights that 'the implementation of this approach requires cultural and organisational commitment beyond frontline practice'.

In support of this, this role will work across the Council to develop a range of community assets upon which residents and communities across Surrey can draw to improve wellbeing and increase independence and resilience. It will create an environment whereby individuals can be diverted towards informal community based services that prevent, reduce or delay care and support needs from developing, as required by the Care Act 2014. Our ambition is to embed a model of social care that grows local resources and encourages behaviours which benefit the individual and enables the Council to deliver services within the resources available.

This role will:

  • Scope and deliver projects that will grow community skills and strengths-based opportunities for residents
  • Interpret context and identify innovative opportunities
  • Establish new models of delivery which will allow adult social care in Surrey to deliver better outcomes for residents at less cost
  • Work alongside social care staff to embed cultural change and best practice. This could include identifying best practice from other local authorities, co-designing new ways of working, supporting team managers and delivering training
  • Work alongside residents to support community capacity building initiatives such as time banks, social prescribing and asset-based community development
  • Use motivational, collaborative and co-production techniques, to build self-sustaining community activities

The successful candidate will be required to travel around the County to meet the community and partners in various locations. In line with SCC policy, efforts will be made to reduce the travel required where possible.

Additional information

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Rebecca Brooker on 07772901950.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 28/05/2020. Interviews will be held on 9th and 10th June.

Coronavirus update

Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

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.  We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/789/8645
  • Published: Fri 15/05/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 28/05/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £35,382 per annum or pro-rata for part time hours
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames