Generalist Welfare Benefits Adviser

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 by Royal Free Charity

Camden, London United Kingdom
Health Care
20 Nov 2018
Annual Salary
Full-Time
Want to join a charity that is growing exponentially?

The Royal Free Charity is rapidly expanding and a new opportunity has arisen for a Generalist Welfare Benefits Advisor.

The role will be responsible for providing a generalist welfare advice service to people (patients and carers) affected by long-term health conditions with the aims of increasing quality of life by:-

reducing the stress of navigating through the welfare benefits service
maximising their income
minimising their expenditure
advise on a range of related social welfare issues
signpost to other relevant services

The RFC works in partnership with the Royal Free Trust by 'making today feel better' for all users of the hospitals. We raise and spend millions every year, which supports pioneering research that revolutionises patient care through to everyday improvements in hospital services and facilities.

If you're a self-motivated individual interested in making a positive impact on the patient experience at the hospitals supported by the Royal Free Charity, if you're a team player but also thrive on autonomous work, if you're detail-oriented with a hands-on approach, then we encourage you to apply for this role!

You will be able to undertake the following role responsibilities and demonstrate the following essentials, desirables and general experience and skills:-

Welfare casework

To:-

provide and manage a generalist complex welfare advise service for people affected by long-term health conditions and their carers
provide advocacy for clients as and where required
help clients to establish possible benefit entitlements, understand benefit decisions, make claims as appropriate, maximise income and minimise expenditure
negotiate with the statutory bodies and other relevant authorities i.e. local authorities, DWP, Pension Services on the clients' behalf
provide face to face appointments, drop in sessions, clinics, ward visits and outreach work
refer clients to other agencies or departments as appropriate
provide a high quality service that is personal, responsive and sensitive
ensure that people accessing the service feel welcomed, valued and understood

Working with others

To:-

participate in regular team meetings and build good working relationships with staff in other departments and organisations
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of external agencies and changes in legislation, policies and practices
promote the Support Hub by attending meetings and events, giving presentations and producing and distributing appropriate information materials

Case Management

To:-

maintain an:-

accurate and factual case record of each client to enable the continuity of casework, information retrieval, monitoring and evaluation
electronic diary for booking appointments and follow-up actions

deal with phone and email enquiries from clients and third parties
ensure that suitable confidentiality and data protection procedures are adhered to
prioritise and manage own workload and work effectively on own initiative

Fit for Royal Free Charity - What we are looking for

We can't live without….(essential):-

minimum 2 years post qualification experience in generalist welfare advice, casework and in managing own caseload
experience of the full range of debt and welfare benefits subjects, including in-depth and complex casework
Certificate in Generalists Advice Work or other equivalent qualification or Training i.e. NVQ Level 3 and / or 4 in Advice and Guidance Support
be flexible, tactful, diplomatic and supportive in your approach, whilst being able to adapt your approach for difference audiences
must have a clear understanding of, and commitment to, Equality and Diversity policies, and the ability to incorporate this into all aspects of the role
ability to:-

provide advice options and referrals for people affected by long term health conditions in relation to generalist welfare support including benefits, housing, employment and other aspects of social welfare law
develop relationships with health care professionals
prioritise, organise and manage workload effectively whilst dealing with unplanned interruptions
prepare clients for appeal tribunals including preparation submission
give and receive feedback objectively and sensitively and a willingness to challenge constructively
travel and work between the Charity several sites
follow instructions and adhere to Charity and Trust policies

excellent:-

Understand of legislation policy and practice
In-depth and up to date knowledge of welfare benefits and rights
report writing skills
IT skills, Microsoft Word and Excel to a high standard

We'd love you to have….(desirable):-

an understanding of the issues faced by people affected by long-term health conditions
experience of working with volunteers
previous experience of working within an NHS environment
CMA level 3 Award in Generalist Debt Advice

We'd like you to ….(general):-

be motivated and self-initiated with a non-judgemental approach
have a:-

strong affinity with the charity mission and ethos
positive professional work attitude
presentable appearance
'hands on' attitude with exceptional attention to detail

have experience of working with the public
ability to:-

work unsupervised
work in a 'team - based' environment and make a positive contribution
work to tight deadlines and deliver results
deal with potentially difficult clients in stressful situations, whilst maintaining a professional approach
have a flexible and adaptable approach to service delivery
be willing to challenge yourself and take responsibility for your own learning and development

be:-

enthusiastic and passionate for Charity / Hospital environment

This role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check.

Reference: 599177844

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