Social Care Direct Adviser-Part Time-Weekends

England, Essex, Broomfield
06 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Part Time
Please note this role is part time (weekends, Saturday and Sunday, 7.5 hours per day) and the annual salary advertised will be pro rata. Please call Angela Gissendaner on 07584 106635 for further information.

In addition to the basic salary there is a 15% allowance for unsociable hours

The Role
Responding to enquiries and requests for information and advice from service users, carers, agencies, medical, care and professionals and members of the public and undertaking a telephone assessment and the commissioning of a package of care to service users who fall under the category of 'straightforward' presenting needs.

Job Purpose
To provide a prompt and efficient response to service users within Adult and Children's services, carers, agencies, medical care and professionals, giving information advice, and, where appropriate, extending a package of care.

Key Accountabilities
  • Using specialist knowledge and judgement on Adult and Carer services available within Social Care, including the application of Fair Access to Care criteria, to give high quality advice.
  • Identifying and responding to urgent or critical situations by passing referrals, via agreed fast-track procedures, to the appropriate professional teams.
  • To support the development of other team members by participating in learning activities such as one-to-one coaching or work shadowing.
  • Taking personal responsibility for providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice to callers on Social Care policies and services, including eligibility criteria, and services provided by other statutory, private and voluntary agencies.
  • Ensuring that all information is recorded accurately and is entered onto the appropriate database.
  • Ensuring that all information recorded complies with data recording legislation and guidance, captures all data required for performance indicators, and is in a format or style which allows it to be transcribed on the appropriate system.
  • Taking personal responsibility for participating in training to update knowledge on the full range of systems and databases used by Emergency Duty Team (EDT).
  • Continuously updating own and sharing new information with colleagues on eligibility criteria, and the Social Care Policies, including the range of services provided by Social Care and other Statutory, Private and Voluntary agencies.
  • Representing EDT on project and consultation groups where appropriate and to ensure any knowledge and information is shared with colleagues.
  • Actively contributing to own personal professional development, and to the developing role of EDT Advisors across all specialisms.
  • The duties of the post may be changed and/or varied to meet changing circumstances at the discretion of the EDT Manager.
  • Skils and Knowledge

  • Good general level of education, including English and Mathematics at GCSE grade A - C, or demonstrably equivalent abilities.
  • Customer Service NVQ or equivalent experience/ability
  • European Computer Driving License (ECDL) or equivalent experience/ability
  • Experience of working in a local authority setting and/or Customer Services role.
  • Experience of communicating by telephone and electronically recording information.
  • Working in a setting with direct customer contact.
  • Giving information and advice to customers by telephone.
  • Knowledge and experience of administrative and clerical processes.
  • Detailed knowledge and working experience of IT systems including Word and a customer database.
  • Awareness of Health & Safety at work
  • Knowledge of requirements of Caldicott, GDPR and Freedom of Information.
  • Achievement of agreed objectives
  • Specialist knowledge to be able to handle calls involving children at risk and Vulnerable Adults.

  • 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 .

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

    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 any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.