Care Specialist

Islington Council
Full Time
London N1
£40,503 - £42,510 a year
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description
Following a re-structure of the brokerage function across adults the team is being brought together under one team manager, with additional capacity to support this vital function of adult social care.

The brokerage team is responsible for a range of functions including: sourcing of care agencies and residential placements, negotiation of price, ensuring the quality of care provider through desktop review, loading and corroborating care on the case management system and checking and authorising invoices.

These roles focus on the care and support needs for people with a learning disability, autism and mental health needs and require understanding of these conditions and the services that support them. We have roles at various levels to support your experience and skills and career progression.

The Specialist Brokerage officer will support the Brokerage Management Team to ensure the department and partner organisations are supported effectively in the commissioning of Residential and Domiciliary Care across both block and spot contract care provision. The post holder will also ensure all systems are appropriately and promptly updated. The post holder will be responsible for the effective management of bed vacancies within block care homes and support the team managers in accurate and timely bed void reporting. The post holder will ensure where possible to provide an integrated seamless approach to providing brokerage support.

The post holder will source and negotiate social care and support services on behalf of adults with complex and multiple support needs including Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and Progression to Adulthood etc.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside a new team manager to help us strengthen and develop our brokerage function with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of adults with long-term disabilities.

Closing date: Sunday 9th April 2023 at 23:59

Interviews: to be confirmed

To manage a complex case load of specialist residential placement and domiciliary care referrals for Islington Social Services to include the effective case management of the referral ensuring suitable placements are sourced with reference to the Councils internal policies and procedures and with due regard to statutory quality assurance mechanisms and internal procedures.

To support the Senior specialist in the management of the waiting lists for vacancies of block contracted beds. To provide timely and accurate information on vacancies.

To support the Senior specialist in the provision of a domiciliary care resource service to all adult client groups living in Islington who are assessed as requiring this care. This includes direct contact with service users as part of the function of self directed care and ensuring that the outcomes service users wish to achieve are addressed.

To be responsible for costing, constructing and negotiating individually purchased complex packages of community-based care and residential care in conjunction with Care Management and service providers.

To be responsible for the efficient delivery of placement management functions including administrative and financial functions.

To accurately record, broker and update associated systems promptly and in line with departmental procedure.

To be responsible for delivering an efficient service, to support effective budget management and ensure best value.

To ensure up-to-date administration of systems are in place to provide management information and data for performance indicators, internal management requirements including finance and commissioning and statutory returns.

To optimise the use of all block/spot contract beds and domiciliary care hours to reduce the risk of This will include building relationships and contacts with homes and the contracts team to maximise efficiencies.

To develop a specialised knowledge of the care market for people with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Progression to Adulthood/Transitions and other complex needs and maintain an up to date working knowledge of current legislation and best practice in residential care and supported living.

To maintain properly documented case files, records and client And prepare standard reports as required.

To undertake other duties commensurate to the grade of the post.

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