Wellbeing and Independence Practitioner - Working for Essex
Salary: £19.63 per hour
Closing date: 08 Jun 2023
Location: Harlow
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 11818
Role: Social Care
About the role

Wellbeing and Independence Practitioner

Temporary, Full Time

£19.63 per hour

Location: Harlow

Working Style: Community-based worker

Please note this is a temporary opportunity for a period of 6 months.

The Opportunity

ECC Adult Social Care (ASC), through effective practice, is moving towards a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care support, to a model with four key principles: prevention; early intervention; enablement and safeguarding. This will enable people, their families, and carers to access information and tools, live healthily and independently and for ASC, an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way.

Working with people with disabilities and other conditions, you will undertake statutory responsibilities and focus on prevention, strengths, reducing risks and meeting needs. You will provide advice, working alongside people and their networks to support them to maximise their independence and wellbeing.

In collaboration with colleagues and practitioners across the health and voluntary sector, you will support effective integration between health and social care, ensuring systems are joined up and accessible.


  • Under the guidance of a supervisor, carry out statutory responsibilities such as strength-based assessments, reviews and person-centred support planning, some of which are complex and challenging.
  • Use knowledge and skills to evaluate the functional ability of people and their networks with an emphasis on prevention, personalisation, recovery, progression and independence.
  • Use clinical reasoning skills to advise on independence, daily living equipment and adaptations, including complex solutions, such as adaptations for social housing and championing the use of assistive technology including digital care solutions.
  • Manage a caseload effectively, to meet timescales set for interventions, maintain appropriate recording systems and support information reporting.
  • Appropriately identify eligibility and statutory compliance in line with current legislative policy and advise people, their networks and carers of their rights, the options available to them and how they can live meaningful and independent lives.
  • Work in partnership with internal and external partners across the health, private and voluntary sector, to support effective integration between health and social care and collaboration to ensure that systems are joined up and accessible
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Educated to NVQ level 4 in Care or Health or equivalent knowledge by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development aligned to any relevant Professional Competency/Capability frameworks or Knowledge and Skills Statements.
  • Experience of working with people with complex disabilities or age-related conditions
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to negotiate and seek solutions to challenging and complex situations.
  • A knowledge of person-centred planning to support the development of networks for people via the creation of support plans to maximise independence and wellbeing.
  • Good self-organisation skills.

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.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

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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.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email ami.fosker@essex.gov.uk

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