Support Workers, Reablement in the Community

Job specification

Full time or part time
Contract type:
Permanent and 6 month fixed term contracts available
£19,665 p.a. pro rata
Closing date:
Job reference:
Date posted:
Swindon Borough Council has a unique opportunity for you to join the highly experienced, dynamic, progressive and expanding Reablement Team. We are a successful team who have been able to ensure that 80% of our service users have remained independent in their own home without any formal support after our intervention.

We are part of a team who were awarded HIGHLY COMMENDED by the Health Service Journal awards in June and November last year and we were also finalist for Medical Journal award early this year, for improving value in the care of frail older patients and integrated discharge planning within Swindon.   

The Reablement Support Worker role is part of an integrated Reablement Team and the wider Adult Health & Social Care multidisciplinary teams. 

What we do? 

We are a short term service designed to help people to develop confidence and skills they need to live as independently as they can in the community. It is about helping people to do things for themselves, not doing it for them. 

It is: 

•    Person centred 
•    Goal orientated 
•    Independence focused 

Reablement areas of support include: 

•    Personal care, e.g. washing, dressing, toileting 
•    Food and drink preparation 
•    Mobility and transfers 
•    Medication prompt
•    Working with other Health and Social care professionals within the multidisciplinary approach to achieve the best outcome for individuals we support

The Reablement role will involve:

•    Driving in the community to numerous homes therefore; must have a full driving licence and access to a car
•    To be available to work within a flexible shift rota of days or evenings, 5 days over 7 including alternate weekends. (You may be asked at short notice to change your shifts depending on the need of the service users). These shifts are 6 hours, covering 7.00am to 13.00 and 16.30 to 22.30. You will have guaranteed contractual hours
•    To contribute and provide thorough feedback for the Multi-Disciplinary Meeting, held twice a week
•    Working alongside other health and social care professionals, to participate in the monitoring of service users mental and physical health, support and enable them to access necessary agencies or support as required. To also contribute to the promotion of positive links with other locality community agencies/groups
•    To encourage, reable and support very vulnerable service users where possible, to develop, regain and maintain skills to maximise independent living.  Whilst always treating them with dignity and respect
•    Be able to liaise with other professionals/family members and Reablement Support Workers, reporting any key concerns to respective senior staff in line with the requirements of all relevant legislation and local policies, procedures and guidance, including potential safeguarding concerns.

The successful candidate will:

•    Be highly motivated and enthusiastic about providing a first class service to the residents of Swindon
•    Have the ability to work independently, using initiative and as part of the wider Reablement Team
•    Need a full driving licence and access to a vehicle whilst working
•    Have experience and knowledge of caring for vulnerable adults with a wide range of complex needs
•    Have experience of working in the community or care home on a one-to-one basis with service users
•    Have knowledge of anti-discriminatory practice
•    Have understanding of Health and Safety and Manual Handling issues
•    Have understanding of the need to keep within professional boundaries.

Candidates must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act – for the effective performance of a customer-facing role).

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and suitable candidates will be invited to interview as soon as possible. We therefore encourage early applications and reserve the right to close the vacancy early.

As part of your CV application please ensure you include the full contact details of two references (one of which must be your most recent employment where applicable).

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to: quoting the job reference 004666.

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