Being at home or in a community setting is the best place to continue with a person’s recovery once an illness requiring hospital care is over and reduces unnecessary time in hospital for people for whom a community or other setting is most appropriate.

Following a stay in hospital, most people are able to return home without any further support. However, for some people, they may need further support, ranging from a very short period, to support for the rest of their lives. 

This can include:

·          A further period of rehabilitation and recuperation, with extra support for a period of days weeks, or sometimes months until they regain full health or reach their agreed maximum potential.

·          Returning home with a care package of services, aids or adaptations made to their home.

·          Added support which is only available in a care home, which will last for a long period and often for the rest of their lives.

A safe, effective transfer from hospital helping people to return to living independently at the right time is a cornerstone of our health and social care system.  At Warrington and Halton Hospitals Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WHH) and Warrington Borough Council (WBC), our Hospital Discharge Team has been on a programme of transformation taking integration beyond co-location by working together as an integrated team creating a whole system that aims to deliver tomorrow’s service today.

·     As a community care worker you will be a valued member of the hospital discharge team working with health and social care colleagues, carers and families and other statutory and voluntary agencies to identify and plan the support people require to return to the community. Our team is solution focused placing the needs of the person at the heart of our decisions, ensuring they have the support they require to not only return to the community but also to live their lives well and independently.

Collaborative working and the ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with a range of health and social care colleagues both in the hospital and the community are an essential element of the role. Working within the Care Act framework, you will place the needs of person at the heart of your assessment and decision making ensuring risks are evaluated and managed with the support of professional colleagues.

Ours is an award winning team recognised by the council and hospital alike for supporting people during their hospital stay to plan for their return to the community. If you are a committed team worker that wants the best for the people of Warrington and want a role within our service, you will be part of an inclusive and supportive team where you will have the opportunity to shape and further improve the services we deliver.

In addition, we can offer you:

·       A warm welcome

·       A comprehensive induction

·       Excellent training

·       Regular monthly reflective supervision

·       Free car parking, including a generous essential car user allowance and mileage package

·       Employee benefits and staff discounts through the Warrington Rewards scheme

·       Access to our Employee Support Service

·       Support for you to develop

If you would like further information about this role or would like to meet the team, please contact Donna Reynolds or Barbara Griffiths via e-mail at dreynolds@warrington.gov.uk or barbara.griffiths@warrington.gov.uk

Key information

Hours of Work: full time preferred and part time hours will be considered

Location

Warrington & Halton Hospital Discharge Team, 

Kendrick Wing, 

Warrington Hospital, Lovely Lane, Warrington.

Warrington is situated between Liverpool and Manchester with good road and rail connections, providing easy access to all other areas of the country. £107m is being spent on updating the town, providing it with new shops and market hall, a cinema complex, restaurants and council offices. Our team is based close to the town centre at Warrington & Halton Hospital, on a bus route and a short walk from the station.

DBS clearance is required.

The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Warrington Borough Council is a Disability Confident employer