Job Description

Post Details


Adult Care


Grade 9-11


Adults with Disabilities

Job Ref: DCC/09/4592
Job Title:

Social Worker/Care Manager - Adult Social Services

Purpose of the Post

To provide Social Work and Care Management services to service users within a defined geographical area and to be involved in the development of services and staff. To co-ordinate the assessment of needs of designated service users. To work with service users and their carers in accordance with agreed multi-agency assessment processes and hospital discharge procedures. To ensure that care plans are produced and to arrange or commission the provision of services appropriate to meet the assessed needs. To have a knowledge of a wide range of services and other resources, including statutory, voluntary and private provision. To assist the Service Manager in the development of policy and practice standards and budget monitoring. It will be necessary to work with information technology and associated systems and existing technology agreements and consultative procedures will be applied in accordance with County Council policies.

Accountable To

Area Manager, Service Manager, Unit Manager or delegate

Supervisory Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities - Specific

To work with local people, their carers and their advocates, where appropriate, in the assessment of individual needs and the provision of appropriate social work and care management services/resources.
To act as the primary point of contact for care arrangements in respect of designated service users, working in accordance with agreed joint policies and procedures.
To identify the aims and objectives of proposed interventions
To identify unmet needs and to record on departmental information system.
To produce care plans and ensure their effective implementation.
To be involved in the direct management of certain care packages, providing services within an agreed budget for the delivery of care.
To ensure that the quality of service provided meets agreed quality standards.
To maintain effective contracts with all providers of care and other people responsible for relevant community resources and to undertake joint work with other Social Workers/other professionals in the completion of tasks, initiating, where necessary, multi-disciplinary meetings for the co-ordination of complex care arrangements.
To undertake a financial assessment role where required.
To act as Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act, if qualified.
To act as a Duty Officer as required.
To assist in the induction of newly qualified/appointed Social Workers/Care Managers.
To provide consultation to other social work staff on a particular specialism.
To participate in local planning groups/local practitioner groups
To supervise Social Work/Care Manager students and trainees.
To initiate group and community projects in the area.
To serve on ad hoc bodies/working parties.
To record all work undertaken and prepare reports/assessments.
To accept responsibility, with the Service Manager, for reviewing work on a caseload at regular intervals. This would include closure and transfer of cases.
To seek to ensure income maximisation for people.

Duties and Responsibilities - General

To adhere to existing working practices, methods, procedures, undertake relevant training and development activities and to respond positively to new and alternative systems.
It will be necessary to work with information technology and associated systems in accordance with County Council policies.
To co-operate with the council in complying with relevant health and safety legislation, policies and procedures in the performance of the duties of the post.
To carry out the duties and responsibilities of the post in compliance with the County Council's equal opportunities policies.
To maintain confidentiality and observe data protection and associated guidelines where appropriate.
To understand and comply with the County Council's environmental policies.
To carry out any other reasonable duties and responsibilities within the overall function, commensurate with the grading and level of responsibilities of the post.

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