Social Worker - Standard (Adults)

Location Knowsley, England
Salary £29.15 - £31.81 per hour
Discipline
Qualified social worker required for a mental health social work team to undertake assessments and support planning under the Care Act 2014. The team works with older adults, as well as with adults of working age who experience both functional and organic mental health that is considered severe and enduring and may be at home or in a hospital or placement setting. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have a blended approach to our work environment, working from home and from the office on a rota basis.

To provide safe care and support of adults ‘at risk’ ensuring all their basic needs identified in their support plan and risk assessments are fully met.

 

To provide person-centred quality care that is tailored to the needs and aspirations of each individual. This personalised approach must ensure that individual outcomes are met and everyone is treated with dignity, respect and compassion.

 

Duties and responsibilities

 

This is not a comprehensive list of all the tasks, which may be required of the post holder. It is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the work to be undertaken:-

 

Social Care Worker
  • To support the delivery of agreed plans of care ensuring that service users are supported safely and individual needs and service targets are met. The quality and standard of care must meet CQC fundamental standards.
  • To support clients with their personal care as determined within their individual care plan.  Personal care can include supporting service users undertake activities such as dressing, washing, bathing or shaving, toileting, getting in or out of bed, eating, drinking, taking medication and communicating.
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  • Postholders are required to be involved in monitoring the progress of service users, being mindful of triggers for challenging behaviour, seizures and acting appropriately in line with agreed guidelines and to highlight any changes in an individual’s behaviour to the manager so that the support plans can be updated. 
  • To provide support for individuals who may regularly place emotional demands on the jobholder; and raising significant issues to the manager.
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  • The activities and support undertaken by care workers should have a direct impact on the positive well-being of individuals.  Therefore, postholders will work with senior officers to ensure that activities motivate and interest service users and provide a positive experience.  As such they will contribute to the planning of daily activities and risk assessments.
  • Postholders will attend and contribute positively to meetings as requested by the manager providing input by sharing the outcome of interactions with service users and highlighting issues that may have an impact on the review of the service user’s case.
  • To ensure the accurate administration and recording of medication, including rescue medication, in line with the Councils Medication policy.   Postholders will need to ensure that agreed protocols are followed when supporting an individual’s personal care such as peg feeding, postural care, changing stoma bags, buccal suction, medication via a peg etc.
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  • Postholders are expected to ensure all records are updated and accurate.  This includes ensuring appropriate information security protocols are applied when sharing and preparing information relevant to the service user’s care.  Records include care plans, risk assessments, work related logs and other template based documents.
  • As postholders will be have direct contact with a range of people involved in care delivery; service users, families, care/medical professionals, other colleagues etc,  they must ensure they act and communicate professionally and appropriately at all times.
  • Where appropriate to attend and contribute positively to meetings as requested by their line manager.
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  • When delivering direct care postholders will need to exercise appropriate interpersonal caring skills in order to meet the needs of clients as covered under point 2 of this Job Description. This includes using guiding and persuasive skills as appropriate to encourage the service user to undertake tasks such as eating, dressing etc.  Referral will be made to a senior officer where the service user’s response could have a negative effect on their or others health, safety, and/or care.
  • Postholders need to be aware of individual communication needs of service users as outlined in the care plan and ensure available/accessible support from specialist services such as sign language or interpreters is used where appropriate.
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  • Postholders will be required to use appropriate equipment to support service users who have mobility issues and will be expected to undertake visual checks of and ensure the safe use of lifting equipment such as hoists slings and changing beds and to provide ‘regular’ physical support to clients such as pushing / pulling / clamping wheelchairs and using hoists and slings