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I’ve worked in adult social care for Coventry City Council since September 2008. In my role as a Commissioning Manager I am responsible for providing effective contracted social care provision to internal and external stakeholders. This includes operational social work teams and the individuals receiving services.
My role is to ensure that there is a strong and sustainable market for social care provision in Coventry so that people have a range of options to choose from in supporting them to meet their individual outcomes.
The Commissioning Manager’s role involves making decisions on where the City Council should spend its money as well as influencing and engaging with external organisations to develop models of support. Achieving that balance between the best use of all available resources and connecting with the aspirations of service users and carers can be a tough challenge but it’s one I embrace. I continually seek to ensure that quality and standards are maintained.
I have been working for Coventry City Council for 35 years. Currently I am the Community Resource Manager for Learning Disability Day Opportunities and I am also the Registered Manager for the Promoting Independent Living Service (PILS).
In our day Services, I have worked hard to ensure we are offering a varied range of options for people to achieve their goals in the day, with an emphasis on being part of the local community in which they live. I am very proud that Coventry Day Opportunities have been recognised nationally in the past for many accomplishments and staff have won awards including manager of the year.
I am as excited today as I was 35 years ago to be working for Coventry City Council. I have had wonderful management and fantastic support all of my working life. I have had amazing training opportunities and the opportunity to advance my career.
I have worked for the Council for 15 years, and it is the only ‘proper’ job that I have had. As an OT I love visiting people and building the relationship with individuals. I enjoy helping people to recognise and build upon their strengths, but also providing aids and adaptations to support with any problems they may be experiencing.
Interventions are not always costly and intrusive; for some people, a stair rail and bath-board are all they need to regain their independence and dignity. It is satisfying seeing the positive impact that our interventions have on people and their families.
We currently have an agile working policy and a flexitime scheme so that means that work time can be used effectively and efficiently. As an OT, there is also the opportunity to directly supervise others and to take students on placement. OT is a valued resource in Adult Social Care so new challenges and opportunities for development often arise.
I have worked for Coventry Adult services for 10 years and work in a hospital setting which is very fast-paced. Sometimes we need to get to know the person very quickly so it’s important to understand their concerns and how social care can ensure their needs are met.
There are a lot of benefits to working in a hospital setting, with access to a range of professionals. Sometimes people can say the job of a hospital worker is easier but you need to recognise the important role we play in promoting the person’s rights, how confident would you feel if you were asked to make important and difficult decisions in your PJ’s?
In a hospital it’s important for all agencies to work together to ensure people are discharged in a safe, timely manner. We have many challenges and I look forward to tackling them all. It is such a rewarding job when you can say ‘I helped that person achieve a better quality of life’.
I have worked for Coventry for 14 years, initially working in Children’s services before moving to the All Age Disability Service. Working for Coventry has worked well for me, and for my family life too. I work part-time and with a helpful level of flexibility, in a team with kind and supportive colleagues.
As a Social Worker in the Transitions part of the team, I work mostly with young people aged between 17 and 25. No two days are the same, and I work with people with a wide range of support needs, home circumstances and with professionals from other disciplines. I enjoy supporting students on placements and value the challenge and experience of supporting Social Work Students. Together with my Best Interest Assessor role I feel I definitely have variety in my work.
Supporting people through their Transition years can at times be difficult as it is a time of change for young people and often their families too, but along with this comes new adventures, experiences, sometimes tears and lots of smiles too.