Carephone Officer

We adopt a ‘name blind’ approach to shortlisting. Recruiting managers will not have access to personal information, including your name and contact details, until a shortlisting decision has been made - please note that this also includes any CV uploaded. Equality monitoring information is not accessible by recruiting managers at any stage.
Kirklees
Adults & Health
Adults Social Care Operation
various permanent and temporary roles available
Numerous
Civic Centre 3, Huddersfield Town Centre
Temporary, Permanent
For the temporary roles, they are to Cover whilst the postholder is on a secondment
Grade 6
Grade 6, £20,444 - £22,129 based on 37 hours, pro rata for part-time hours
+ 7% enhancement for working over a 7-day rota

The council supports people with social care needs to remain independent in their own homes by using telecare technology to provide access to assistance or reassurance 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. As a Carephone Officer you will be a member of a team providing support to some of the most vulnerable members of the community by ensuring that help is available when it is needed.

We need our employees to be driven to achieve the best, to be hardworking, respectful and thoughtful to each other and our customers and to be creative, wherever they work in this fast paced team.

You will be focused upon ensuring that you make a difference to the lives of people by offering the highest possible quality care and support. Through the passion that you bring to your role you will help to reduce the effects of isolation, learning or physical disability or age related illness that people in Kirklees experience on a daily basis. You will be flexible in your approach recognising that the needs of people who rely on the service should always be at the forefront of your thinking.

Our customers are varied but you will need to support the achievement of customer focused services, highlighting any problems. You will understand the importance of being a positive representative of the council; your interaction with members of the public and colleagues must reflect this.

Your duties and responsibilities will include:
Operating the Carephone system
Answering calls received at the control centre and taking action as appropriate to maintain customers safety at home or arrange urgent support.
You will learn how to programme equipment remotely and may also visit service users home to install and maintain equipment.
You will also complete administration duties to ensure records are up-to-date and actions are followed through.

Requirements for this job:

  • Experience of responding to customer enquiries using the telephone.
  • Awareness of equality issues and their impact on service delivery.
  • Ability to demonstrate literacy and numeracy skills to produce reports, management information and keep accurate records on computerised systems.
  • Ability to deal with vulnerable clients in a sensitive and calm manner.
  • A flexible approach to working arrangements such as short notice shift cover.

You will work on a rota basis between 7am and 10pm including weekends and Public Holidays. There may be an occasional need to be available to work night shifts.

Appointment will be made at Grade 6, appointment to Grade 7 will be subject to an assessment.

This job is subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, please refer to the Job Description/Profile.  A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.
We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability and we encourage applications from people with all differing abilities. So, if you need any support completing an application form, or any other format for the application or Job Description please contact the Recruitment Team for help by email: jobs@kirklees.gov.uk or phone: 01484 221000 and ask for ‘Recruitment’.

If you are internal and want to apply for this job as a secondment you must be a substantive employee of the Council with over 6 months continuous service and have successfully completed your probation period.

Applications for secondments will only be accepted if approved by your manager, you will be asked to confirm on your application form that you have the relevant permission. If you are refused permission to apply for a secondment, please contact HR Recruitment to register the refusal.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

10 October 2022, 11:55 PM

Important Information

This vacancy is closed to applications.