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Social Workers Ref: 50057453

County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight

Grade 10, £30,262 to £32,886

Vacancy Reference: 50057453

Closing Date: 10/01/2020

Interview Date: 23/01/2020

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We are changing things – at pace – in adult social care here on the Isle of Wight and our sights are set on being a national exemplar of innovation and excellence, delivering the very best person centred outcomes for those we serve. We are passionate in our belief that our residents have the right to expect no less. 

Isle of Wight Council staff and services have received national recognition after being shortlisted in this year’s Municipal Journal Achievement Awards. The Isle of Wight Council was the only authority out of over 400 across the country to be shortlisted for five awards, Dr Carol Tozer being one of them for Corporate director of the Year.

We introduced our Care Close to Home strategy in April 2017, and its impact has been significant. For instance, we have seen a 39% reduction in the rate of permanent admissions into care homes amongst those people aged 65 and older; improvement from being the local authority with the highest rate of delayed transfer of care in 2016 to being the second most improved nationally in 2017 and identified by the National Hospital to Home team and Local Government Association as a site of national good practice; and the introduction of assured early help and creation of the Living Well Service. 

We know that the outcomes we deliver for those we serve are correlated directly to how well we are supporting our people to be competent, confident and thinking critically about how they go about their jobs. We have invested heavily in continuing professional development across our workforce ensuring that we support colleagues to keep abreast of best practice and our active membership of Research in Practice for Adults. Our most recent ASC Staff survey showed that 88.6% of staff either agreed or strongly agreed that the Council was offering them the necessary training to do their job well.
These are exciting times on the Isle of Wight within Adult Social Care where we are currently seeking Social Workers to join our team who are as ambitious about the outcomes delivered to those they serve as they are their own career development – because we see the two as intrinsically intertwined. We would welcome applications from Social Worker who have recently completed their Social Work qualification. As a Newly Qualified Social Worker you would be supported via our Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) program. We also welcome applications from Social Workers wishing to return to practice, where you would be able to complete HCPC requirements to regain your registration and continue your Social work journey within the Isle of Wight Council.

You will benefit from a unique and enriching environment within an organisation that values strong leadership, a good work life balance, quality management and reflective supervision. 
You will share our ambitions, passion and attitude to ensure the people we serve live the best lives possible. You will be a critical thinker who has competence and confidence in your practice.  

To be a successful candidate, you will be suitably qualified and hold up to date HCPC registration. You will be able to demonstrate skills and experience of promoting a person centred and strengths based approach. In addition, you will have proven ability to work as part of a team that puts the strengths of individuals, families and community at the heart of care and wellbeing.

Please visit the Adult Social Care career opportunities page which holds inspiring testimonies from team members, a guide to what the Island offers as well as personal development opportunities we offer.

For further information on our current vacancies, or an informal discussion, please contact Sophie Day, on 01983 821000 x 6799 or email

Relocation support may be available to you if you are moving to the Isle of Wight to specifically take up a front line role with Adult Social Care. For experienced workers you may qualify for allowances up to £8,000. If you decide to commute to the Isle of Wight daily, you may get your travel costs reimbursed. 

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community.

This council and its schools recruit according to the council's Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

Please view information pack and complete your job application online at, telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.