Salary: Salary: £24,234 per year

Job Title: Step-Down Housing Support Worker (FTC) – Mental Health
Reporting to: Area Manager
Contract: 12 Month FTC, Full time
Interview Date: To be confirmed

About the Service/Department
This new community based support service will support adults with mental health conditions who are preparing for discharge from inpatient wards (Riverside Hospital, St Charles, Park Royal Mental Health Centre and Northwick Park) to dedicated step-down properties based in Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Westminster and Battersea. The service will help prepare individuals for discharge and ensure minimal delays in the transfer of care, supporting them whilst they wait for care packages and secure supported accommodation or their own property.

The service will work closely with local hospitals, discharge co-ordinators, social work teams and community partners to ensure individuals are ready for discharge and are able to integrate back into the community.The service is designed to support individuals during this transition for up to 12 weeks.

About the role
To work with a caseload of clients with discharge related support needs.

Some other main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Assertively connecting service users to other community activities and partners to promote independence and social integration
  • To liaise with professionals within the community social work teams, step-down workers and partners in EACH counselling
  • To work flexibly as part of a team to ensure service coverage and that contractual obligations are met

About you

  • Ability to deliver high quality 1:1 support services to people with a range of needs and risks
  • Good knowledge of welfare benefits and housing options and legislation related to statutory duty
  • Knowledge of health and safety relevant to role as a Support Worker
  • An ability to undertake client-focused key working, support planning and risk assessments to maximise Service Users’ independence around a range of areas
  • Good understanding of the range of issues, diagnoses and treatment relevant to the client group including mental health and step-down requirements
  • Willingness to actively engage in undertaking relevant personal development and training
  • Ability to travel across Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Westminster and Battersea
  • Be warm and empathetic, whilst maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Previous experience of using computer based systems to accurately record work and client details
  • Ability to undertake effective time management and prioritising workload
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding issues and ability to address them appropriately
  • Ability to work with people with a range of different support needs, aspirations for their future and associated risks

Please see the attached documents for the full job description and more information about Hestia.

What Hestia offers

  • Holiday allowance of 25days/195hours per annum plus 8days/62.4hours public holidays (pro rata)
  • Company Pension
  • Learning and Development Opportunities (including career progression opportunities across our services and departments, a full 9 month induction providing an understanding of The Hestia Approach and all Hestia’s practices and policies to support your career in Hestia and if applicable, a foundation knowledge to attain a Skills for Care Certificate)
  • Hestia Rewards exclusive membership (Hestia Rewards is our staff wellbeing and benefits scheme which provides access to fantastic retail discounts, recognise a colleague eCards etc.)
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing support tools including our Employee Assistance Programme with Clinical Supervision and Flexible working (including holiday trading and TOIL)
  • Other benefits such as Eye care vouchers, Travel/Season Ticket Loans and Cycle to work scheme (with up to 40% savings on a new bike).
  • If applicable to the role, Hestia will also support you on joining our existing ASYE (Assisted and Supported Year in Employment) programme if you are interested and fit the criteria.

About Hestia

Hestia supports adults and children in crisis across London and the surrounding regions. We campaign and advocate nationally on the issues that affect them. This includes victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people.

Hestia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults, children and young people who are potentially at risk, and we therefore expect all staff and volunteers to do the same. We require all staff to undertake internal and external safeguarding training throughout their employment with Hestia.

“Hestia positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. But we particularly welcome individuals from an ethnic minority background and those with disabilities to apply. As an organisation, we are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and value the skills, abilities, talent and experiences, different people and communities bring to our organisation”.

Disability confident

Hestia is a disability confident employer, committed to the employment and career development of individual with disabilities. As part of this commitment, we operate a guaranteed interview scheme for all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the role they have applied for. We will also accommodate reasonable adjustment during the selection and interview process and throughout your employment with us.

Please note
If offered a role with Hestia, you will be issued a conditional offer based on satisfactory references and an Enhanced disclosure/DBS check.

This job description is subject to change depending on the needs of the service/department.

We recommend that you apply at your earliest convenience as we screen applications as they are received as well as interview and appoint suitable candidates on this basis (regardless of the closing date). We may also contact unsuccessful applicants regarding other suitable opportunities within Hestia.

How to apply
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