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Deafblind Worker / Community Care Officer
  • Employer: Hertfordshire County Council
  • Reference: HCC20829
  • Published: Fri 30/09/2022, 9:41 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 25/10/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £28,226 with the opportunity to progress to a maximum of £35,336pa
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Countywide, Hertfordshire

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Deafblind Worker / Community Care Officer

Starting Salary:

Qualified – £31,895 with the opportunity to progress to a maximum of £35,336pa
Unqualified (Community Care Officer) -£28,226 with the opportunity to progress to a maximum of £30,984pa 
(£1000 welcome payment, plus up to £6000 relocation package and lease car* - terms apply for Qualified Deafblind worker position only)

Hours: 37 hours per week

Contract: Permanent 

Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce 

Job Duties:

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 Deafblind Worker/ CCO, 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 25, whose focus is on enabling deafblind individuals (children/ adults) as well as working with colleagues assessing deaf/ hard of hearing or have a visual impairment 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 management. 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.

An essential requirement of this post is the professional qualification of Diploma in Deafblind Studies or Postgraduate Diploma/ Degree in Multi-Sensory Impairment.

Students currently on a Deafblind qualifying course e.g.: The Diploma in Deafblind Studies or the postgraduate Diploma/ Degree in Multi-Sensory Impairment who are due to qualify soon and who can display significant knowledge and experience of working with deafblind people, are encouraged to apply. A successful interview could lead to an appointment as a Community Care Officer (unqualified) with view to progress to a qualified position upon passing the course. 

You will be supported by our committed and supportive team including professional supervision. 

 

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You will also be expected to progress within Sensory Service including apprenticeships to gain the required qualification in this field.

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: 25th October 2022
Interview date: 
Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th November 

For an informal discussion and more information please contact: 
• Sabina Iqbal, Team Manager on 01442 454 829 or email sabina.iqbal@hertfordshire.gov.uk 
• Jackie Kidd, Senior Deafblind Worker on  email Jackie.kidd@hertfordshire.gov.uk