Social Care Officer - Shared Lives
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC190VR
  • Published: Fri 09/10/2020, 15:50 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 26/10/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 3 £20,322 - £26,188
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Social Care Officer - Shared Lives

For this full time position we are looking for a good team player to join this small busy team based at Gun Wharf. Shared Lives is a registered service with the CQC and part of the role will be to monitor the support provided by carers and ensure that it meets the standards and regulations required. 

The post holder will report to the team manager but will have a high degree of autonomy in the daily management of their workload and in completing agreed tasks. Good administration skills and time management will be essential, along with the ability to prioritise tasks.  They will hold a small caseload of day support carers who they visit regularly to supervise and advise, as well as supporting the Social workers on the team. 

The post holder will manage all day support and respite arrangements for Shared Lives, including processing payments. They will also facilitate a user group to help in the carer recruitment.   The post holder will undertake assessments of people who are referred to the service, support with introductions, care planning and risk assessing. 

An understanding of ICT systems, including facebook and twitter, and/or a willingness to learn is essential, along with good problem solving skills and a level of flexibility to support occasional late visits and unexpected changing priorities and plans when required.   

In return we offer you:  

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London. 

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in. 

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please call Mandy Wickison on 01634 337215. 

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.  

How to Apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS


If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.


All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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