Self Directed Support Coordinator

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 4 (£25,369 - £30,890) per annum
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 20/02/2019 at 23:55 PM
Reference: C1260LS

To work directly with and support those service users that choose to receive their personal budget as a Direct Payment. Working across all disability groups, both children and adults, you will support service users and/or their families or representatives to develop a support plan. This will identify and document how outcomes will be achieved within the indicative budget that has been determined following assessment by care management staff.   You will promote and help them to access and maintain funding from other sources that contribute towards an individual budget. You will undertake reviews of their support plan to ensure outcomes are being achieved and ensure that the scheme in being adhered to in accordance with terms and conditions.

You will support service users in their decision-making, provide guidance to them throughout the direct payment process in line with policy, practice and guidance. Support service users to work with employment related insurance providers to ensure they are being a responsible employer.   Support service users with employment related issues including, but not exclusive to, disciplinary matters (which could possibly involve attending a tribunal if necessary), HM Revenue and Customs policy, employment related health and safety and staff training.

Work closely with all social care, health and special education practitioners to promote personal budgets, including personal health budgets, to ensure all adults are given the opportunity to maximise and maintain their independence.

Work with direct payment monitoring officers in the recovery of debt on direct payment accounts and support them to meet with service users and/or their representative to establish how the debt has arisen and establish how monies owed will be paid back.

To be a champion of the benefits of self-directed support presenting these to potential service users, professionals and community groups.

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Karen Pye on 01634 331994.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date. 

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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