Social Worker - Adults Learning Disabilities Team

Location North Somerset
Salary £22 - £24 per hour
Learning disabilities team working with adults with complex needs. Assessment/review, DoLS and case management

(a) To carry out the duties and responsibilities of the relevant legislation, taking responsibility for a caseload of varying complexity, which may include vulnerable and disabled adults and those with particular complex problems

(b) In partnership with service users and their carers, to assess and coordinate their health and social care needs, (providing a financial assessment) within the framework of the relevant legislation, eligibility and costing criteria and adult protection and disabled adult policies. Below bar –

(c) To develop and implement, care plans and commission appropriate services within available resources, reviewing and monitoring the care plan and the quality of the service provision, making changes in response to changing needs and re-negotiating service provision where appropriate

(d) To make ongoing assessments of need of service users allocated, including assessment of risk, with the objective of minimising risk and harm to service users and carers and seeking to achieve maximum independence possible.

(e) To ensure all service users, particularly those with disabilities, gain equal access to relevant community services, by raising awareness and providing individual support and advice
(f) To establish appropriate relationships with service users, their families, carers and external agencies, promoting anti discriminatory practice and equality and enabling effective partnerships in the delivery of services and facilitating stage one complaints. 

(g) To work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team concentrating on specific areas of work as required and operating within specialised areas according to organisational needs, assisting in the development of individual skills departmental policy and new approaches for improvement in service provision. Below bar –

(h) To promote good working relationships with other professionals within the Directorate, Health and in other external agencies in order to achieve the best outcomes for service users, their families and carers. 

(i) Under the direction of the Team Manager to participate in Duty rotas, responding to referrals, enquiries and emergencies in an appropriate manner. 

(j) To maintain case and service user records and undertake general administration and maintenance of systems related to the caseload, including computerised management information systems, according to relevant legislation and Directorate procedures and policies

(k) To participate in North Somerset Council’s Staff Appraisal system and Performance Review programmes, undertaking training and research as required and assisting in the promotion of specialist skills as identified by the post holder/manager as required

(l) To be aware of and understand the council’s Equality Scheme and ensure at all times that the duties of the post are carried out in accordance with the policy

(m) To ensure compliance with all health and safety legislation and associated codes of practice and Authority policies.