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Social Care Officer REF: 50031650

County Hall, Newport

Grade 8: £23,668 to £26,317 FTE per annum

Vacancy Reference: 50031650

Closing Date: 26/02/2020

Interview Date: 06/03/2020

HOURS: 37 hours per week

CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent

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 Care Officers 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.

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. 

We are looking for enthusiastic, innovative and creative workers with knowledge and experience of working with people with complex needs in various teams.

The role entails working with people and their families to develop creative support plans to assist them and to promote, improve and protect their wellbeing.

You will need an NVQ level 3 in care or equivalent with excellent communication and assessment skills and previous experience of working with people with complex needs and experience of the social care system would be an advantage. 

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

 careers

  - 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.day@iow.gov.uk