Community Care Assistant Vacancy

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The City of Edinburgh Council are looking to recruit a Community Care Assistant position serving the South West Locality based in the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre.

The post is full-time working 36 hours per week, with a salary of £22,956 – £26,919 per year.

Purpose of Job

To contribute to the provision and monitoring of services for individuals and their carers according
to changing circumstances within both community and hospital teams.
Within defined boundaries, co ordinate the provision of a range of social care services and
equipment to meet the assessed needs of individuals requiring assistance, in order to enable them
to maintain and maximise their independence, facilitate safe hospital discharge and to make
choices about their quality of life.

Major Tasks

  1. To carry out non complex assessments with a range of needs from a wide diversity of
    backgrounds. Design and implement Care Plans with support appropriate to their level of
    experience. Non-complex cases may range from dealing with a client with dementia and
    incontinence, (who is at risk due to the clients wandering from home) – assessing and
    identifying their care package and arranging respite as needed; to dealing with a client with
    mental health issues exhibiting verbally abusive and aggressive behaviour living in
    unsanitary conditions – assessing and identifying their care package whilst having to
    arrange for environmental health to carry out a house clean.
  2. To identify and set up appropriate services to meet assessed need, including the provision
    of equipment , adaptations and packages of care
  3. Undertake reviews of individuals ‘ care plans
  4. To contribute and support professional staff within a multi disciplinary team in managing
    their case loads by carrying out a range of designated tasks, ensuring departmental
    objectives and service user’s needs are met.

Job Activities

  • To undertake an assessment role, working directly with individuals, carers and their families.
  • To manage and prioritise individual case load as key worker whilst adhering to departmental timescales.
  • To undertake basic risk assessments and have an awareness of Adult Support and Protection Procedures.
  • To provide information to the line manager / team manager regarding eligibility for services arranged, purchased or provided by Social Work.
  • To ensure a range of appropriate social care services are provided to adult social care service user groups [including individuals with mental health problems, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, substance misuse problems, older people and other vulnerable adults] in accordance with departmental guidelines.
  • Support service user /carers / family in decision making to help promote and maintain service user’s independence through utilising specific services to ensure successful outcomes for the service user / carer / family, e.g. care at home.
  • To respond to emergency needs, by arranging / co coordinating support / material provision, as directed.
  • To ensure appropriate and accurate records relating to service users and work undertaken are maintained in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Legislation
  • Liaise with and source internal and external providers/agencies/charities.
  • To identify the unmet need of service users and ensure that this is recorded using appropriate recording tools as agreed via systems in place.
  • To facilitate safe and timely hospital discharge and implement community services in conjunction with professional staff and with individuals own case load.
  • To participate alongside professional staff in duty/ standby and screening rotas, complete screening assessments for allocation / refer to appropriate team whilst adhering to departmental guidelines.
  • To assess, monitor and review services in line with departmental policy and procedures. To coordinate and preside over scheduled review meetings and complete comprehensive written and electronic documentation / reports detailing the review meeting outcomes.
  • To support service users with a range of funding applications.
  • To undertake joint visits with professional staff, as appropriate,
  • Arrange and accompany clients on interest visits and liaise with necessary parties.
  • To assist clients in the move to alternative accommodation by arranging the provision of furniture and household goods.
  • To escort and transport clients as required.
  • To assess, provide, fit and check equipment/ adaptations for service users with disabilities.
  • To undertake any other duties as may be required by the Director of Health and Social Care.

You can apply for the post or read the full job advertisement online here. The closing date for applications is 23 September 2022.

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