In March this year, the government implemented a full Discharge to Assess Model which is designed to rapidly discharge 95% people from hospital to an appropriate setting once they no longer require the use of an acute bed.
The integrated health and social care team at Wigan Council responsible for undertaking this service is called the Better at Home team. Our role is to work alongside a range of health colleagues and partners to provide an integrated approach to service delivery.
We have a number of exciting opportunities to join the Better at Home team based within the Wigan area. These posts are essential to the delivery of a full 7 day a week and out of hours service. We have a variety of roles available at various levels in social care or administration. Your role will contribute to ensuring the delivery of a high quality and effective service to facilitate, empower and promote independence, focusing on the strengths and assets of both individuals and local communities.
As a Social Worker a typical day involves working to achieve a safe discharge plan that is considered the ‘best outcome’ for the service user, taking into consideration their views and wishes and balancing complex family dynamics often at point of crisis.
You will uphold our roles and values in advocating best interests and wishes of the service user and follow up and assess the service users’ needs once discharged from hospital as part of the Discharge to Assess model liaising with agencies, providers and families and or their representatives.
You will be working in a fast paced environment within a multidisciplinary team including nurses, therapists, Reablement officers etc and will take part in a duty rota system.
As a Social Care Officer you will work to achieve a safe discharge plan that is considered the ‘best outcome’ for service users, taking into taking into consideration their views and wishes. You will liaise with service users and their families and or their representatives. You will organise referrals for a range of services and follow up and assess the service users’ needs once discharged from hospital as part of the Discharge to Assess model liaising with agencies, providers and families and or their representatives.
You will work in a fast paced environment within a multidisciplinary team including nurses, therapists, Reablement officers etc and take part in a duty rota system.
As an Advanced Practitioner you will support the discharge to assess model by taking part on a rota basis being in the command hub, which is multidisciplinary including nurses, therapists, reablement etc. You will take part in regular MDT meetings determining the most appropriate pathway out of hospital for service users. You will be responsible for the allocation of work and regular feedback to the acute hospitals around discharge planning.
You will be responsible for the quality assurance of the work undertaken by the social workers, you will be a supervisor to a number of social workers. You will be a mentor and role model to the social workers and be responsible for contributing towards their professional development. You will be working in a fast paced environment. You will be taking part in Charing safeguarding meetings, chairing complex best interest meetings, complex MDTs and professional meetings. You will take part on an on call rota system to support the weekend staff and for those working out of hours.
As an administrator, you will provide support to the team which includes taking calls from the general public and other agencies and organisations. You will need to balance this with taking referrals over the phone, answering queries, passing on information to the wider Multi-disciplinary team and you will be updating data basis and health and social care systems.