Vacancy Closed: Sorry, this vacancy is no longer available.
Social Workers x4 Ref: 50057453
County Hall, Newport
Grade 10, £30,262 to £32,886
Vacancy Reference: 50057453
Closing Date: 18/02/2020
3x full time, permanent
1x 30 hours, 12 months fixed term maternity cover
Here on the Isle of Wight, we are in year three of our strategy “Care Close to Home” (CCtH). The results so far have been impressive and earned us a place as a finalist in the health and care category of both the Local Government Chronicle and Municipal Journal 2019 awards.
Under CCtH we have: more than halved the rate of admissions into residential care amongst elders; reduced the rate of permanent admissions into care homes by working age adults by over 80%; established a highly effective and innovative approach to demand management through the voluntary and community sector (seeing less than a 3% re-referral rate into ASC); quadrupled our home based reablement offer with over 69% of people needing no onward care and support; reduced the numbers of children living in bed and breakfast accommodation by 81%; and secured the support of our colleagues across the Department in making the many changes we have so successful (over 95% of our colleagues report that they understand, support and “own” CCtH).
We are obsessed with how to best use the strengths of those we serve in designing their care and support – supporting people to regain and maintain the maximum level of independence possible. And we are blessed with having a vibrant and expert voluntary and community sector – who we regard as equal partners in the design and delivery of care and support for the people we serve (so that all of our contracts with them are now a for a minimum three years).
Of course, integration with health is a key priority – and being surrounded by water means that we really have to invest in making relationships and care pathways work effectively – as our residents cannot easily, or cheaply, go elsewhere. We have recently published our single Health and Care Plan for the IoW. Our Integrated Locality Services work effectively in avoiding attendance at A&E and “admission” (be that hospital or a care home). Equally, we are integrating care management with health across mental health and learning disabilities – and the plan is also to fully integrate commissioning budgets in these areas.
Very importantly, Care Close to Home has enabled additional investment in our workforce over the last two years – filling gaps in our previous learning and development offer and ensuring that we support colleagues to keep abreast of best practice from elsewhere and research findings by our active membership of Research in Practice for Adults. We have appointed a new Principal Social Worker (and created a new Practice Development Unit to support his work) and strengthened capacity at service manager level.
These are exciting time 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.
Successful candidates will be suitably qualified or about to qualify and hold up to date professional 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.
Team IWC Values:
- Community & Customer focused
- Effective & Efficient
- Working together
- Fair & transparent
We are proud of our commitment to offer:
- Supporting and supervising all our social care workforce
- Providing opportunities for our staff as they develop and progress their professional
- Providing regular training opportunities.
We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.
Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here
For further information on our current vacancies, or an informal discussion, please contact Sophie Day, on 01983 821000 x 6799 or email Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 you travel costs reimbursed.
Closing date: 18.02.20
Interview date: 28.02.20