Salary range: £34,209 - £36,708 p.a. inc.
Contract: Fixed term/Secondment - 12 months
Hours of work: 36 hours per week
Location: Civic Centre and other locations from time to time
The SMART Service (Supportive Multi-Agency Response Team) is looking to recruit a Support Outreach Officer for this new and innovative team
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.
This is a new and unique service in the London Borough of Brent and has been created to provide targeted support for individuals with intersecting complex needs, particularly those with vulnerability and experience of exclusion that impacts on their mental health and wellbeing. These individuals would not normally be eligible for support from adult social care, as they do not meet the criteria set out in the Care Act. They may be under primary care for mental health, and are less likely to be managed long term under secondary mental health, potentially due to their reduced ability to engage.
The SMART Service is a creative response to work with people within the Borough who often have a cycle of homelessness, mental health admissions, drug and alcohol dependencies and contact with Criminal justice and probation services. Their multiple complex needs requires a more holistic response in order for them to be able to move forward and until now there has not been a targeted provision for this group of people.
The Support Outreach Officer role has been created specifically for the SMART service and reflects the needs of the service users to have focused intensive practical and psycho-social support and encouragement. This is a vitally important role in order to be able to achieve positive outcomes for service users within the SMART Service.
We are looking for dynamic and forward thinking people who are passionate about working creatively with marginalised people in Brent LA. We are looking for people who have been able to demonstrate through their varied work experience that they have a track record of being able to engage with and work closely to support people who traditionally struggle to communicate and sustain their engagement with professionals.
You will need to have achieved an NVQ level 3 or equivalent qualification or academic standard and to have gained experience of working in Social Care Services or similar organisation such as the NHS or Voluntary Sector.
You will enthusiastically support people by attending appointments with them, working alongside them to make progress in their daily living skills and encouraging them to adapt their coping strategies.
This role would suit someone who has a passion for ensuring the delivery of high quality services and who enjoys supporting people to achieve their potential. This role would suit an individual who is committed to improving the services for people with complex social needs and relishes the opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary team and who wants to develop and broaden their expertise in a community and social care setting. This role would suit an individual with knowledge of public health issues and an interest in supporting people to reduce health inequalities.
What can you expect? To be part of a dynamic team with expertise in mental health and social care that embraces creative ways of working. Weekly wellbeing and reflective practice sessions are embedded into the team’s practice
Closing Date: 10 October 2021 (23:00)
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the information you provide will be treated fairly and confidentially.
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.