Social Work Assistant SW6746

  • Type: Full Time
  • Location: London
  • Role: Long contract
  • Salary: to £20 per hour
  • Reference: SW6746
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SW Locums are looking for a reliable Unqualified Social Worker as an Assessment and Support Planning Officer in the Adults Team in Merton.

The role will be to support hospital discharges, complete settle in visit, complete rota and complete assessments.

This is a terrific opportunity to get your foot in the door around social services and receive expert career guidance from a well established and highly regarded team.

Candidate requirements:

  • Experience, knowledge of and practice in a social care setting in the public, voluntary or private sectors.
  • Experience of working with Adults with a range of chronic illnesses and /or disabilities e.g. dementia, long-term physical disabilities, learning disability.
  • Knowledge & understanding of issues relating to and impacting on informal carers.


    • To fulfil the council’s adult social care statutory responsibilities by undertaking the range of activities necessary for the entire assessment and support planning process as outlined in the Care Act 2014 and associated guidance. This will include assessing the needs of new customers and their carers, and re-assessing and reviewing the needs of existing service users and their carers in accordance with current legislation and guidelines.  Such assessments, re-assessments and reviews to be carried out in line with existing eligibility criteria
    • To promote and assist customers with the Self Directed Support Process, including Personal Budgets
    • To undertake such casework duties of varying degrees of complexity, depending on skills and experience, in relation to cases allocated by Team managers, within the policies of the Department.
    • To create outcomes focused support plans that meet the identified eligible needs of customers. To identify areas of risk,  complete risk assessments and deliver risk mitigation plans in line with departmental procedures.
    • To undertake the specific duties, in a person centred way and work with customers to identify appropriate interventions and or services, home care, day care and care home placements, in the public, private and voluntary sectors and also give information, advice and appropriate signposting.
    • To be aware of services available internally and externally, and, taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, to make appropriate referrals as necessary.
    • To undertake work towards all targets set out in the local Health and Social Care Performance Framework, e.g. hospital discharge, prevention of admission to hospital and care homes and reviews.
    • In the case of a hospital-based referral, to facilitate speedy hospital discharges in line with Health and Social Services joint procedures.
    • To lead on the resolution of financial matters relating to service users, including liaising with Merton’s Financial Assessors, Department of Works and Pensions, Welfare Benefits Officer, and being able to give general advice and information on topics such as contributing to the cost of care and the use of Direct Payments.
    • To attend case conferences, network, review and any other relevant meetings, including liaison with other professional organisations and personnel in relation to service users needs. This will include representing the council by attending courts, tribunals and other hearings with support from appropriate more senior staff. This could be to give evidence, submit reports and provide support to customers.
    • To participate in a duty system. This will include making emergency visits to customers and working beyond contractual hours.
    • To use computers and other items of technology to carry out work related duties, maintaining both written and computerised records, preparing and presenting written and verbal reports.
    • To work with customers who are not engaging with our social care assessments, support plans, reviews and other appropriate interventions in order to optimise and maximise their personal safety and well-being, working holistically and with other professionals where appropriate. This will be under guidance of a qualified practitioner and/or manager.
    • To take a lead role in safeguarding matters i.e; identify, raise, respond, assess and review safeguarding alerts for adults at risk of harm from the full spectrum of adult abuse, and participate in Safeguarding Adults Investigations where appropriate and under the guidance of a qualified practitioner and/or manager.
    • To assist in ensuring that the Authority’s aims in relation to customer care are achieved.
    • To work in partnership with other statutory, private and voluntary sector organisations, carers and customers, in order to achieve maximum wellbeing and independence for customers, to incude carrying out joint assessments, and accepting the assessments of other professionals under the trusted assessor process.
    • To attend team and staff meetings and participate in discussions concerning customers, the needs of the Division, policies of the Department and elements of good professional practice.
    • To undertake training and attend courses by agreement with the Team Manager/Service Manager to develop skills and enhance knowledge of social care practice, and maintain good awareness of national policy and legislation.
    • To participate in supervision meetings with the appropriate line manager
    • To carry out such other duties as may be required by or on behalf of the Director of Community & Housing, providing they fall within the scope indicated by the above paragraphs and are commensurate with the grade of the post.
    • To ensure that Corporate and Departmental Health & Safety policies are implemented at all times and to raise any concerns regarding their operation, or any other Health & Safety matters with the appropriate line manager
    • To be aware of, understand and adhere to the Council’s Equality and Diversity Policies.

At SW Locums you will benefit from:

  • Great, fast and accurate rates of pay.
  • Committed support with your own, vastly experienced and knowledgeable consultant.
  • No “waffle” straight talking, conscientious and informed advice.
  • Contact available 24/7.
  • Access to exclusive vacancies nationwide. and exclusive training.
  • Free DBS and compliance service.
  • Industry leading “Refer a Friend” recommendation scheme offering up to £300 for successfully placed referrals.*
  • Excellent “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *
  • Rest assured, we will look after you.
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* Terms and conditions apply to our bonus scheme.