HIU Lead - North Somerset (Weston Area)

£10,000 - £14,999
14 Jan 2021
13 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Contract type: Fixed term (1 year)
Hours per week: 35 (Mon - Fri, 9am to 5pm)
Salary: Up to £26,408 per annum pro rata (including home working allowance) dependent on experience
Location: Home based, North Somerset (requires work and travel within Weston Area)

We've got an opportunity…

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Service Lead to join the British Red Cross in North Somerset, working on an innovative NHSE programme that supports people who access health care more than expected (commonly referred to as High Intensity Users (HIU) of A&E).

Based in the community in the Weston area, you will work intensively with a rolling caseload, helping to identify and address unmet social needs that may be exacerbating physical and/or mental health. The people we support may have complex presentations, including mental health, substance misuse, multiple long-term conditions, adverse traumatic experiences, and they are often suspicious of formality and offers of support.

So, we are looking for someone whose ability to connect is exceptionally strong. You must be authentic, relatable and compassionate.

A large part of our role is to lower the stigma that is associated with this group of people and to change mindsets and behaviours that can adversely affect access and recovery. By building strong relationships with partners, including the A&E department at Weston General Hopsital, GP Surgeries, Link Workers, Housing teams, the local Voluntary Sector, Police and the Ambulance Service, you will advocate for equity and improve integrated working.

Lastly, most of your time will be spent out in the community; meeting people in their homes, in cafes or walking in the park, so you will also need to be confident of lone working procedures and able to keep meticulous support records whilst on the hop. You will also need to be physically able to maintain face to face activity (within public heath guidelines) during the CV-19 pandemic.

BRC are the largest provider of HIU services across the UK, with a 100% sustainability rate for our commissioned services. This project has every opportunity to be sustained past the initial 12-month period, if outcomes are successful

Say hello to the team…

You will join BRC's existing Bristol and North Somerset based services and will also be a part of our national HIU network, where we share best practice and problem solve together. You will also receive an exceptional training, coaching and mentoring package from the founder of England's highly successful HIU programme.

About you…

We are seeking a resilient and motivated individual who is able to demonstrate compassion, strong negotiation skills, patience and a real appetite for helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference to people's lives, by putting in place interventions that reintegrate people into the local community, without the need to make demands on services that may not be the most appropriate to meet their needs.

Due to the specific requirements of this role, there is a need to visit various locations, some of which are remote with no access to public transport, therefore you must have access to a vehicle which you are willing and able to use in conjunction with your duties, or be eligible for transportation via the Access to Work Scheme.

Closing date for application is 23.59 on 27th of January 2021 with interviews to follow.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:

  • 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • Up to 6% contributory pension
  • Flexible working policy

A little bit more about us...

The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes. From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we're there when you need us.

Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.

At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to bring your authentic-self to the Red Cross. We want you to feel that you are in an inclusive environment, and a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.

In the British Red Cross we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place, and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.

If you are appointed to a role within BRC you will be subject to the organisation's Code of Conduct, a copy of which you can find on our website.

As part of its recruitment and selection process the British Red Cross undertakes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking of all individuals who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults.

If driving is an essential requirement of the role, appropriate driver checks will be completed in line with current policy.

The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

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