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Welfare Benefits Supervisor (Freelance)

Organisation: Royal Free Charity
4 to 6 hours per week
Location: London / remotely
Deadline: 14 August, 2020

The Royal Free Charity (RFC) (www.royalfreecharity.org) are looking for a Welfare Benefits Advice Supervisor to offer external technical support and supervision to the advice service within the charity on a freelance basis.

The RFC Support Hub opened in March 2018 within the Royal Free Hospital, to offer support, information and advice to patients with long term health conditions. The hub consists of a team of three welfare benefit advisers, offering one-off information, guidance and advice as well as undertaking casework for patients and those caring for them.

We are looking for an experienced supervisor with at least two years’ recent and ongoing experience of providing welfare benefits advice and undertaking casework and advocacy. The successful candidate will have at least two years’ experience of directly supervising or supporting other advisers.

Principal Accountabilities / Responsibilities

  • to supervise and support our team of welfare benefit advisers (WBAs), with generalist social welfare advice including in benefits and housing; to support our advisers with queries related to their clients and casework.
  • to undertake and document regular case independent file reviews to help develop the WBAs and ensure quality of service. The number of files and frequency of review will be determined according to each adviser's skills and experience.
  • to work alongside the Support hub Lead, advising on issues related to good practice in social welfare advice provision.
  • to help with the delivery of a high-quality advice service within a hospital setting, and contribute to continuous improvement of current practices and procedures
  • to support generalist social welfare advice provision across a range of topics, including benefits, housing, employment, as well as provision of information and guidance in relation to debt and immigration.
  • excellent awareness of and able to advise the charity’s advice team on key information resources and second-tier advice services
  • accessible to the charity’s advice team: we are flexible as to how this access is provided but at a minimum would expect -
  • initial response time within 48 hours, detailed response within 96 hours
  • supervision can be provided over the phone or videoconferencing
  • working hours can be discussed based on individual circumstances
  • to keep up to date with relevant welfare benefits policy, legislation and case law, and help communicate this within the team.

Skills and Experience

- Experience

  • at least two years’ recent and ongoing experience of undertaking welfare benefits casework
  • at least two years direct experience of managing or supervising advisers

- Skills & Knowledge

  • welfare benefit knowledge including benefit applications and appeals (e.g. first-tier tribunals)
  • housing expertise, for example, (but not limited to -
  • homelessness applications
  • housing applications (part 6 allocations)
  • challenging of decisions on homeless and housing applications
  • housing disrepair
  • generalist knowledge of a range of welfare-related issues
  • able to demonstrate how you have maintained knowledge of legal changes and practice
  • able to demonstrate how you have maintained your professional development

- Communication

  • good command of written and spoken English to be able to negotiate and influence with impact at all levels both internally and externally
  • evidence of building strong positive and trusted relationships
  • meet regularly with the Support Hub Lead
  • excellent presentation skills to be a confident ambassador for the Royal Free Charity
  • to be flexible to the needs of the service as and when required
  • read and adhere to the Organisation’s policies and procedures
  • work to the organisation’s Vision, Mission, Values and Behaviour

This job description is not exhaustive and is subject to change to meet legislative requirements.

To apply, please send your CV and supporting statement to leah.clarke3@nhs.net by 14th August 2020 (the supporting statement should be no longer than 2 x A4 sides and should identify why you are suitable vs. the JD/ person spec)

Interviews will likely be held between 24 Aug – 4 Sept.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the role please contact Liz at:

elizabeth.fowler2@nhs.net 

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