Community Support Worker - Discharge to Assess North Essex - Working for Essex
Salary: £23,456 to £29,933 per annum
Closing date: 05 Jun 2023
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 12566
Role: Social Care
About the role

Community Support Worker - Discharge to Assess North Essex

Permanent, Full Time

£23,456 to £29,933 per annum

Location: North Essex

Working Style: Community-based worker

Please note you will be required to work 1 weekend in 6 and 1 public holiday per year minimum. You will receive a 6% flat rate allowance in addition to your annual salary.

ECC Adult Social Care is making a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care support, to a model with four key principles: prevention, early intervention, enablement and safeguarding. Enabling people, to access information and tools, to live independently and allowing a positive response to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of ECC.

The Discharge to Assess model of practice is ever evolving and developing and as a member within the team you will be an influencer of change and progression. You will be supporting adults who have recently been discharged from hospital or supporting them to prevent an admission into hospital. The ethos being to support Adults to leave hospital, when safe and appropriate to do so, and continuing their care and assessment out of hospital.

Wherever possible Adults will be supported to return to their home for assessment. Your support will be focussed on enabling adults to remain as independent and self-caring as possible in their own homes. Some Adults may have been discharged to a temporary care home environment to aid their recovery and for a period of assessment to be able to identify their short- or long-term care and support needs.


  • Assess social care needs and provide support to vulnerable adults, to enable them to live healthily and independently; maintaining high standards of professional practice which contribute to continuous improvement across the service and delivering the four key principles.
  • Contribute to the development of care and support plans that gain commitment to solutions to meet each individual’s needs.
  • Works collaboratively with others, including placement team, to support the individual to commission care and support from appropriate providers; including developing their own employees through Direct Payments.
  • Accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached in In line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2015 (e.g. MCA / DoLs / CHC etc.).
  • Responsible for highlighting issues and implementing plans to safeguard a vulnerable adult.
  • Building strong, effective relationships with clients, families and carers providing practical advice, support and, where necessary, acting as an advocate. Enabling vulnerable adults to live healthily and as independently as possible.
  • Work collaboratively across the service, with internal and external professional partner agencies to deliver joint objectives and ensure improved outcomes for vulnerable adults.
  • Provides information and advice in relation to involvement/accessing of third party agencies relevant to the needs of the client (eg benefits agencies, immigration, and housing).
  • Attends meetings, reviews, case conferences and court hearings to provide information, insight and evidence; providing reports where appropriate.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience within a social care setting, an NVQ/BTEC Level 3 or equivalent is desirable.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Experience of building strong, effective relationships with adults, their families and carers in times of challenge and crisis.
  • Experience of undertaking direct, activity based work with adults.
  • Knowledge of legislative and policy guidance applicable within Social Care settings.
  • Proven track record of building working relationships with partners and external agencies.
  • A certificate in First Aid and/or knowledge of Sign Language is desirable in this role.

To read more about us please visit: Adult Social Care

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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