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10 - Adult social care recruitment drive

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for adult social care
Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for adult social care

A major drive to recruit dozens of new adult social care staff to help transform services for the most vulnerable, has been launched.

Dudley Council's commitment to improving services is the driving force behind its recent recruitment campaign, which will see the authority employ dozens of new staff to help meet the increasing demands on adult social care and reduce pressures on the NHS.

Over the next few weeks the authority is seeking to recruit dedicated, passionate and caring people who all share the same ambition, to change the lives of people across Dudley borough for the better.

A number of fixed term posts are being advertised in various positions, including home care assistants, assistant care co-ordinators and a team assistant.

A full list of more than 60 full time equivalent adult social care jobs including  occupational therapists, social and senior social workers, support workers and night sitters can be found at www.dudley.gov.uk/ascjobs

The new staff will work within a number of new teams, which will be dedicated to reducing delayed transfer of care, improving the way people move through the system, giving greater opportunity to provide crisis support within a person’s home and improving the success of preventative services, which are designed to help people remain independent within their own home.

Funding for the new recruits will come from Dudley Council’s one-off grant of £13.9million, awarded by the government earlier this year as part of a national £2billion improved better care fund.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for adult social care, said:

 “We are an authority that is forward thinking and dedicated to doing what we can to help people change their lives for the better.

“We can use this funding to significantly boost our numbers of staff and to create specialised teams to work in areas where we know we need to provide more support. 

“It’s essential we act now to ensure we can meet the growing demands on services now and in the future. This funding is to help improve the performance of the urgent care system, specifically by reducing delayed transfers of care and we are putting every effort into achieving this with our NHS partners.”

In this first year, the council has committed £7 million of its improved better care fund grant.  It will be used to launch the council’s emergency response team, which will help people who have gone to the hospital’s accident and emergency department and need urgent social care support, to return home and prevent an unnecessary admission into hospital. 

The team will provide support in the home, give guidance on self care and introduce assisted technology where necessary. This is expected to prevent hundreds of hospital admissions. 

Money will also be invested in a community response team to support the West Midlands Ambulance Service when responding to emergency call-outs.  A team of social care and health workers will be able to offer crisis support to people to help them stay in their own home.

Another measure will offer a full assessment to people in need of 24-hour support and will take place away from a hospital setting.  This will give people time to recover and allow staff to gather evidence and build a picture of the person’s needs in order to help them, and their family or carers, determine how they should be cared for long term.

Nearly half a million pounds will be spent developing a new approach to how we move and transfer people in their home. Traditionally two members of staff would be needed to operate existing equipment but this new approach will see new aids being introduced, which will only need one social care worker or the individual alone to operate them, freeing up staff time to carry out other duties.

The final measure will be to introduce length of stay targets to reduce delays of hospital discharges for people who are medically fit to return home.

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