Reablement: transforming care for the community

14 November 2017

More than 80 support workers are being sought in Norfolk to work in Adult Social Care. Funded by Norfolk County Council, these roles will include 40 new posts for a new Accommodation Based Reablement initiative beginning in Cromer.

The County Council’s Norfolk First Response team is transforming the way it helps people who need care after a stay in hospital.  Sometimes, people are not ready to go home and need that extra help to build their confidence and physical strength before returning.  This type of care is called reablement and is therapy led with the assistance of an Occupational Therapist.

Reablement care workers provide a ‘wrap around’ service to follow people from hospital and support them back to their home.  These Accommodation Based Reablement beds will be provided in a short-term residential setting for up to six weeks whilst people are undergoing an assessment reablement programme.  The first site, in Cromer, will open in January 2018.

James Bullion, Norfolk County Council’s Executive Director for Adult Social Services said: “As part of our Promoting Independence Programme, we have been listening to comments and suggestions made by our staff and people who use our services to make a fundamental change in how we support people. To have beds that genuinely offer reablement and are therapy-led will really promote people’s independence.

“We are looking for the right kind of people who may already work in care or might be looking for a career change. Whatever your background, excellent training and a salaried wage are some of the benefits to a rewarding career in care.”

Vacancies are also available countywide for the following teams:

Norfolk First Support (NFS)

  • Planned visits to help people to regain their independence keeping them out of hospital and in their own homes.

Supported Care Service

  • Unplanned immediate short term integrated support during the day for people to stay safe and well at home wherever possible.

Swift/Night Owls

  • Unplanned one off immediate response during evenings/nights for people to stay safe and well at home wherever possible.

If you would like to know more about working in care, come and meet the team at Great Yarmouth Library on Wednesday 15 November or find out more at the Norfolk Care Convention also on 15 November.  There will also be another opportunity to meet the team on Tuesday 21 November at the Millennium Library in Norwich.

For more information or to apply, please go to:

Case studies

Chris Newman – Supported Care Worker

Prior to this role, I was already working in the care sector.  Previous to that, for around ten years, I worked as a diamond driller in the construction industry.

Whilst I was working as a home carer, the thing I found most interesting and fulfilling was encouraging people’s own independence and looking at small changes people can make to make their life at home better.  I was keen on the new job as it would allow me to help with much more of this.

The first month of my job was spent training for the new role. It was classroom based to begin with, including first aid and moving and handling courses then on to doing shadow shifts with fully trained staff and going to people’s homes.  I found it very interesting and it made me feel confident and ready for the new role.

Although the service has only been running a short while, I’ve had to help people with a wide range of health issues from mental health to loneliness and people with reduced mobility.

The benefits for me:

  • Working with a great team
  • Good supportive management
  • Good rates of pay
  • Varied work day to day
  • Permanent contract fixed at 33 hours per week (not zero hours)

I would certainly recommend my role to others.

Mark Hadfield - Norfolk First Support

I decided to apply for a post in adult social care because I felt the time had come for me to have a career change, I was looking for something with job satisfaction.

Before taking on this role, I was a carpenter for over ten years.  Other jobs have included being a postman and a training instructor at Bernard Matthews.

he training took eight days based in a class room and then three weeks shadowing.  At first I found it hard as this was all new to me but as I continued through the shadowing, the reablement ethos became clearer, and easier.

At first the paperwork was challenging until I got a better understanding what needed to be documented.

The benefits of this role to me are great job satisfaction and being able to help people remain in their own homes, this has to be better for the service user and aid their recovery staying at home. People who use our care services and their families appreciate the help they receive from our service. It is also nice that we assist earlier discharges from acute hospitals, enabling the service user to get home to their home comforts.

Recommend this role? Yes, most definitely, I wish I had taken the leap years ago.

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