Support Workers - DPT S&W Reablement Service (Ref.3072)

  • Multiple Locations
  • Full Time
  • £20,444 - £22,571 per annum

Fixed term contract or secondments (within DCC) with funding confirmed until 31st March 2023. 

Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) S&W Reablement Service – part of the South and West Social Care Team within Adult Community Mental Health Services.

We are looking to recruit 3 skilled and experienced Support Workers to form a new community based service in South and West Devon.

We are keen to hear from you if you are you passionate about working alongside adults experiencing mental health difficulties and you have the skills to support them to develop their own strengths in terms of managing practical day to day living tasks.  DPT’s Social Care provision is an integrated part of adult mental health services (alongside more treatment focussed parts) with a focus on areas like nutrition, personal care, managing home and finances, and exploring occupational and social access and opportunities.  

Currently we commission much of this type of support through external care agencies.  These roles will pilot a new in-house support work service.  Support plans agreed with individuals will initially have a timeframe of 6-12 weeks with expectation that any long term support needs that need addressing after that period will be passed on to external care agencies.  We will need you to help us measure the progress of the service and whether it is achieving the intended aims of bringing the assessment, delivery and review of support closer together to promote greater integration and communication; ensure efficiency in delivering support; and most importantly promote greater individual recovery. 

The service will sit within, and be supported by, our existing experienced and settled DPT S&W Social Care Team.  

We have 3 full time posts available located across South Hams & West Devon (1x Tavistock base and 1x Totnes base) and Teignbridge (1x Newton Abbot base) , with some flexible working from home.  Please specify preferred location on application form. During the induction period the base for all 3 posts will be Totnes.  Use of a Car and Driving License is essential. 

Reflecting the partnership arrangements the posts are employed by Devon County Council but assigned to Devon Partnership NHS Trust. 

This is a great opportunity for someone who wishes to progress their career in the social care or mental health field. You will gain experience and learn new skills and you will be supported with training opportunities and regular supervision. 

We are looking for applicants who will be confident in working with people experiencing mental health difficulties, their families, carers, and other professionals.  You will have an understanding of the importance of doing with, rather than doing for, and supporting people to enhance and draw on their own resources and those in their community.  You will have experience of providing support to people with adult social care needs (Care Act 2014 eligibility outcomes), be an effective communicator both verbally and through written formats, be flexible, have good time management skills and be able to work under pressure.  You need to be IT literate.  You need to be open to learning and willing to develop your skills.  You will be committed to equality and diversity, good customer service, be enthusiastic and look to achieving positive outcomes for the people we work with.

In return, you will be part of an exciting new development, working with experienced social workers and social care assessors, with regular supervision, training and support.

Application deadline 10/7/22
Shortlisting 12/7/22
Interviews 18/7/22

For further information please contact:

Helen Sowden, Social Worker, Project Lead, hsowden@nhs.net / 01803 866 225

Tom Woodd, S&W Social Care Lead– tom.woodd@nhs.net / 07976 155 314

If you are interested in this role as a DCC secondment opportunity, please ensure that you have authorisation from your current line manager and confirm this in the application.

What we can offer you

Working for Devon County Council has all the benefits that you can expect from a large employer.

In return for the vital contribution that you make, we offer:

  • 24.5 days annual leave per year (rising with length of service) plus Bank Holidays
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme - more information can be found on the Peninsula Pensions website
  • Access to our confidential Employee Assistance Programme – available 24/7 to support you with personal and work life
  • Flexible working opportunities, including home-working (subject to the needs of the role)
  • Discounts from local and high street retailers through the Devon Discounts scheme
  • DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon.
  • The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc.
  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.
  • Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.
  • Happy to Talk Flexible Working.
  • For more information about Working for Devon please visit our Working for Devon page.
  • This role requires a DBS disclosure.

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Job Details

  • OrganisationDevon County Council
  • Work LocationWest DevonSouth HamsTeignbridgeDevon
  • Work Postcode

    TQ12 4PH


  • Reference

    REQ003072


  • Occupational GroupSocial Care & Health


  • Salary Details

    £20,444 - £22,571 per annum


  • Job TermFixed
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
  • Hours

    37 hours per week

  • Closing Date

    09/07/2022

  • DBS Check Required

    Yes