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Senior Mental Health Supporting Housing Officer

Job Description

Job Description

  1. To provide support practical advice and assistance to clients with mental health problems and to assist them in their transition from hospital and other high support environments into the community and provide support for clients living in temporary accommodation where appropriate

  2. To work in close liaison with statutory and non-statutory agencies in representing the needs of the clients of the Housing Needs Division and to represent the wider interests of the Division at various settings in the community

  3. To provide specialised assistance to the Housing and Social Services Department internally, facilitating its duty to provide an effective service to its severely mentally ill client group

  4. To carry out duties as under the Supporting People framework and guidelines including the QAF (Quality Assessment Framework)

  5. To lead on Quality assessment framework audits, producing policies & procedures as required for the service and to provide key performance information to external bodies., 1. To deputise for the MHLO at meetings with the councils Principal Medical Officer. The meeting is to decide on the vulnerability status of housing applicants, by utilising knowledge of the various manifestations of mental illness and how these may effect an individuals ability to function

  6. To complete comprehensive reports on clients with mental health problems in relation to their ability to secure adequate housing. To advise Housing Advice and Homeless Persons Officers accordingly on clients vulnerability status 3. To advocate on behalf of clients with mental health problems, with internal and external agencies when required

  7. To represent the Housing Division at Care Programme Approach meetings where required, advising consultant psychiatrists and other mental health professionals of housing policy and how such policies interact with other relevant legislation i.e. Housing Act, Community Care Act, Mental Health Act, Asylum and Immigration)

  8. To assist the Tenancy Management Teams with tenants who have medium to severe mental health problems who are encountering difficulties with their tenancies, either through action of their own or through the harassment of others.

  9. To provide cover where required at Housing Department: Mental Health Supported Housing schemes

  10. To represent the Housing Division at Community Mental Health Teams

  11. To liaise with Housing Allocations section to assess suitability of proposed accommodation nominations to local authority and Housing Association tenancies

  12. To complete support plans and risk assessments with the client and for these documents to be reviewed

  13. To assess the level of support required for prospective tenants with medium to severe mental health problems, moving into new accommodation and to co-ordinate the move, maximising available statutory and non-statutory community resources e.g. Handyperson, furniture schemes, outreach services etc

  14. To liaise with the Housing Department to assist clients that require support when bidding through the choice based lettings system, or placing bids on their behalf.

  15. To accompany the client when viewing a property and to ensure the client fully understands the terms of the tenancy agreement

  16. To continue to visit the tenant after the move to ensure that adequate support is available and is being utilised appropriately and that the tenant is signposted to appropriate services and is coping with the responsibilities of a tenancy

  17. To refer client on to relevant support services when discontinuing resettlement service e.g. Assertive Outreach Team

Candidate Description

A full UK drivers licence and access to own vehicle is a must.,

  • Possess a current full driving licence and be available to drive.

  • Own/have use of a car.

  • A knowledge of health and safety

  • Able to complete care plans and risk assessments

  • Able to write procedures and policies as part of the Quality Framework Assessment

  • Experience of preparing for External inspections of the service

  • Experience of handling vulnerable people who may lack motivation and/or whose behaviour maybe challenging.

  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative in client's own home and with a wide range of people and agencies.

  • Ability to work as part of a team.

  • Knowledge of the concept of Care In The Community.

  • Ability to understand and respond sensitively to cultural, gender and disability factors for clients.

  • A knowledge of types of mental illness and how the experience may impact on sufferer's lives.

  • Able to compile statistical information for Supporting People quarterly returns

  • Ability to maintain accurate records and statistics

Application Description

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