Are you a motivated Social Worker looking to develop your skills, promote integration and independence?
West Berkshire Council has a rare opportunity for a full time HCPC registered Social Worker to join our friendly and supportive team. We are a small Local Authority with a mixture of urban and rural communities which offers great variety and positive challenges. West Berkshire Council is embracing a new way of working with a strong focus on localities and a strengths based approach towards the people that we work with.
As a Social Worker in the Joint Care Provider Services / Maximising Independence Team you will be required to support in the safe discharges of patients from hospital through the Joint Care Pathway and assess or review for eligibility of long term support in accordance with the Care Act. You will be required to work with vulnerable individuals who are unable to make decisions in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act. You will promote the rights of individuals and safeguard those who are at risk of abuse by working with the Safeguarding Team and completing S42 enquiries.
You will work closely with your colleagues who include Social Care Practitioners and Occupational Therapists. You will also work alongside health colleagues through the integrated health and social care pathway for hospital discharges. A key role for the Social Worker in this team is to develop a link worker role in one of the hospitals in the area, which include Basingstoke, Swindon, Reading and West Berks Community Hospital. Dedicated teams of workers are deployed in these hospitals to build relations and links to ensure the smooth transition for the patient from hospital to home, or into a care home.
There will be an expectation that you will undertake training towards becoming a Best Interests Assessor and participate in the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards rota. You will be required to explore all options of support and funding including Continuing Health Care and Fast Track funding. You will attend and contribute to DST's, case conferences and professional meetings as necessary. You may be required to undertake Court of Protection applications, advise on Lasting Power of Attorney and work with advice from the legal team on matters which require this.
West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as flexible working, access to a wide range of relevant training, local government pension scheme, family friendly policies, a range of local discounts and much more. You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days per annum rising to a maximum of 33 days.
Please see the West Berkshire Council website www.westberks.gov.uk for more details of these posts. Alternatively, feel free to come and visit us or contact Ann Tubbs (Team Manager) or Mia Holmes (Assistant Team Manager) on 01635 292130 for further details.
How to Apply
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