Job Title: Community Care Officer
Location: Countywide with bases at Hemel Hempstead/Stevenage
Salary Range: H6-H8 £23,080 progressing to £30,451pa
Hours: 37 hours per week
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Sensory Services team based at Apsley Campus, Hemel Hempstead and Farnham House, Stevenage.
We are looking to recruit a Community Care Officer, who is enthusiastic, proactive and can build professional trusting relationships with service users, their carers and other organisations. You will be confident in working closely with service users within the Sensory Services team and managing a diverse case load.
This is a great opportunity to work in our dynamic, multi-disciplinary and supportive team of 20, whose focus is on enabling individuals (children/ adults) who are deaf/ hard of hearing, have a visual impairment or are deafblind to achieve optimum control of their lives.
Using assessment tools and support plans you will work with service users and carers and carry out assessments in the person’s own home, therefore you will need to have a full UK Driving Licence.
You must have the ability to gather records and provide information electronically, and to implement care manage30,452ment. You will be a highly motivated individual who can support the community/district by advising on the best care/ support for people with sensory needs following your initial assessment. You will be comfortable working alone, visiting clients in their homes and developing professional relationships.
You will work as part of the team, have excellent communication skills (BSL and deafblind communication would be advantageous), and have a sound working knowledge of this service user group including people with other sensory needs who require social care support.
You must have a sound grasp of social care legislation including safeguarding practices and the ability to work flexibility to meet service priorities. Working in partnership with other statutory agencies and community/ voluntary organisations, you will contribute to the development of services to improve customer journey experiences.
Applications from candidates with significant knowledge and experiences of supporting deafblind people and carers would be welcome.
You will be supported by our committed and supportive team including professional supervision.
In light of the current COVID period, SMART-working is expected where staff will be working from home or from HCC’s COVID-Safe local touchdowns across the county.
Hertfordshire County Council offers excellent opportunities for flexible working and professional development including apprenticeship schemes within the Sensory Services and some within the Adult Care Services.
Closing date: Wednesday 9th December 2020
Interview date: (via MS Team) on: Monday 14th December 2020 or Friday 18th December
For an informal discussion and more information please contact: Sabina Iqbal, Team Manager/ Isabel Reid, Deputy Team Manager on 01442 454 829
Benefits of Working for HCC:
- Flexible Working Arrangements (depending on the role)
- Excellent Career Development
- Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
- Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
- Shopping Discounts
- Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes
Safeguarding: Safeguarding children and adults is of utmost importance to Hertfordshire County Council. The Council requires employees to abide by legislation and best practice to enable Hertfordshire to achieve this. This role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. For more information Click Here
English Fluency: The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.
Disability Confident: We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone disclosing a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce
Driving Roles Only: As part of this role, you will be required to travel to other HCC Sites/Residences either using your own mode of transport or a company car. In light of this, the ability to drive and/or travel around the County is required for this role and a DVLA check will be required on appointment.
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