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Self-Directed Support Coordinator – Direct Payments
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC525VR
  • Published: Mon 26/04/2021, 11:55 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 11/05/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours
  • Salary: Range 4 - £26,450 - £32,207 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Self-Directed Support Coordinator – Direct Payments

Closing Date: 11 May 2021

We are currently recruiting for a Self- Directed Support Coordinator to work directly with and support those service users that choose to receive their personal budget as a Direct Payment. Working across all disability groups, both children and adults, you will support service users and/or their families or representatives to harness community resources, assistive technology, support services and/or recruit and employ personal assistants, in order to achieve agreed social care outcomes.

To promote and help service users to access and maintain funding from other sources that contribute towards an individual budget. You will undertake reviews of their My Plan to ensure outcomes are being achieved and ensure that the scheme in being adhered to in accordance with terms and conditions.

To support service users in their decision-making and provide guidance throughout the direct payment process in line with policy, practice and guidance. Support service users to understand and adhere to employment law and ensure they are being a responsible employer. 

To support service users with employment related issues including, but not exclusive to, disciplinary matters (which may involve attending a tribunal if necessary), HM Revenue and Customs, pension auto enrolment, health and safety at work and staff training. Support DP employers to identify and secure appropriate training for their staff. 

To work closely with all social care, health and SEN practitioners to promote personal budgets, including personal health budgets via a direct payment, to ensure all children and adults are given the opportunity to maximise and maintain their independence.

To work with the provider market to ensure a high standard of quality in the services they provide, and work with the community to ensure that where customers dictate a need microenterprise are aware and encouraged to develop bespoke services in order to meet the demand for personalised support.

Work with the customer and or their representative to ensure the recovery of debt or unauthorised expenditure on direct payment account and meet with service users and/or their representative to establish how the debt has arisen and establish how monies owed will be paid back to the local authority.

To be a champion of the benefits of self-directed support presenting these to potential service users, professionals and community groups.

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
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

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 e-mail sdsadmin@medway.gov.uk

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regard 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 http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ 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