Carer Assessor - Lincolnshire Carer Service - #374873
Lincolnshire County Council
Carer Assessor – Lincolnshire Carer Service
Based in Thomas Parker House, Lincoln, LN5 9DY
Salary: £20350 (pro rata)
Full time, permanent position x 2 and part time 31 hours permanent position x 1
The Lincolnshire Carer Service is delivered on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council by SERCO and Carers First
Serco is one of the leading public sector providers of customer services, working with central and local governments to provide customer-facing and back-office functions. We pride ourselves on a high-quality service, often supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society – and as one of our Carers Assessor’s you’ll ensure that we continue to deliver this incredibly important work.
The Customer Service Centre is the First Point of Contact for many of Lincolnshire County Councils Services, including Adult Care, Children’s Services, Highways, Registration & Celebratory Services, Library Services. We deliver a diverse range of services, many of which play an important part in people’s lives - whether it is carrying out a Social Care Assessment to enable a resident to stay safely at home, taking a contact to support a Child in Need or simply renewing a library book, it can be hard, but rewarding work.
The Lincolnshire carers service is delivered on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council by Serco and Carers First and ensures that unpaid carers receive the support they need; for more information on the work they do, please visit them at https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/support-carers.
As one of our Carers Assessor you’ll ensure that we continue to deliver this incredibly important work. You’ll be the first point of contact for unpaid carers, providing the advice and guidance that enables them to meet the demands and needs of those they are caring for.
Using professional curiosity, you will gather as much information and detail from the carer as possible. Calls can be complex, sensitive and emotive, but from the training you’ll receive you’ll be able to use your call control and exceptional communication skills to gather the relevant information to determine the most appropriate support required.
From one day to the next you’ll be dealing with a wide variety of different cases, from supporting an unpaid carer with an elderly family member to a parent who has a child with challenging behavioural issues in this varied and dynamic role. Whatever the situation though you’ll have the support of an experienced team that is committed to making a difference to the people who rely on this service.
You’ll naturally need to be a strong and resilient character and be mentally prepared to deal with challenging situations. As the first port of call for the unpaid carers, you’ll need to be empathetic, caring and compassionate in your approach.
Ideally, you’ll have experience of working within a customer focused environment, a good understanding of the Care Act and have previous experience of carrying out assessments/support planning in a social care setting. But more importantly you will have exceptional customer service skills, particularly with the ability to build rapport with people in order to gather sensitive and important information.
Where will I work?
Our offices are based in Lincoln City Centre at Thomas Parker House and we do offer home working opportunities once you’re settled in and fully trained. The office is perfectly situated for travel via public transport and there is a discounted car parking scheme in operation if you chose to drive.
What hours will I work?
This post is for 31 hours per week and is a permanent position.
The Carers Team is open between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. You’ll be scheduled a fixed shift within these hours and given 4 weeks’ notice of your amendments to your shift pattern.
What training will I be given?
You will be given a full Serco Induction and then move onto service specific training; training is delivered from service matter experts from within the CSC Carers Team and Lincolnshire County Council.
What we offer:
- Starting salary £20350 per annum (Pro Rata)
- Competitive pension scheme; matched up to 6% and Life Insurance
- Agile working opportunities
- 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holiday, plus the opportunity to buy up to an additional 5 days per annum
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Access to employee support services
- Inclusion in our Local Government Partnership Engagement activities throughout the year
- Serco discounts which include cinema, Merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme, and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships;
- The chance to make a positive difference to public sector services in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion
If you think this role would suit you, working to improve the lives of those who need it the most, please apply now and upload a copy of your CV and covering letter to register your interest for future roles.
Meaningful and vital work: The nature of our business means you will do interesting work that matters – delivering essential services that truly touch people’s lives;
A world of opportunity: Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You’ll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways;
Great people: We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed. You’ll have the resources you need to do your job in a diverse and supportive environment.
In accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 (Fluency Duty), the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.
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