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Social Care Practitioner

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Buxton Area Office
Salary details
Grade 8 £19,254.96 - £20,592.60 per annum
Job term
Part Time
Appointment type
25 hours and 50 minutes per week
Closing Date
26 May 2024

An interesting opportunity has arisen for a Social Care Practitioner to join the Community Hospital (CH) and Community Support Beds (CSB) Discharge Team primarily to arrange discharges from Community Hospitals and to help support the flow of Community Support Beds within DCC care homes throughout the county. The working pattern will be negotiated on appointment, but it is anticipated that the 25.9 hour and post will be worked across 4 or 5 days a week.

Although much of the work can be completed remotely, occasional visits will be required. You will need to be flexible and willing to support discharges from any location throughout the county, to maintain cover during planned and unplanned absences of other team members.

The post holder will be a key player in supporting health and care systems during a period of increasing pressure on hospital beds and the wider system. Your office base will be agreed on appointment, to facilitate smarter travel, and mileage and travel time will be paid in accordance with the current travel policy.

Experience of assessment and reviewing and a knowledge of local resources will be an advantage but applicants with the ability to utilise transferable skills, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn will be equally considered. You will need a commitment to person centred practice and sustainability, taking a home first approach in line with the Best Lives initiative. You will need good organisational and time management skills to achieve timely, sustainable discharges and positive outcomes for the people who are being discharged from Community Hospitals or Community Support Beds.

You will also require excellent communication and inter-personal skills to both support the people and their families, whilst enabling you to liaise and maintain positive relationships with hospital and care home staff and workers from other disciplines.

Employees have access to a range of benefits and discounts including: 

  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • 25 days annual leave per year (rising to 30 days after 5 years continuous service) plus 8 bank holidays (pro rata). Grade dependant.
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Paid travel expenses if required to travel to other sites
  • Smarter travel scheme including access to the cycle to work scheme
  • Supportive management and team
  • Access to our in-house occupational services which also includes free eye tests, physiotherapy and counselling
  • Derbyshire rewards – offering hundreds of discounts and cashback 

More details on the benefits of working for the council can be found on our reward and recognition page here

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.

The job may require unsocial hours working including weekends and Bank Holidays. Payment arrangements will be detailed in any contract offer made.

Saturday and Sunday hours will be paid at plain time where it is part of your normal working pattern unless it is between 7pm and 7am, where enhanced rates of pay apply. Enhanced pay rates are paid for Bank Holiday working.

Apply now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career with us! By joining Derbyshire County Council you will have access to a range of amazing rewards and employee benefits, including our generous annual leave scheme, excellent local government pension and fantastic employee discounts. To discover more detail about the rewards and benefits available to you, click here