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Social Worker Ref: 50055518

County Hall & Agile Working

Grade 10, £31,094.00 to £33,790.00

Vacancy Reference: 50055518

Closing Date: 01/06/2021

Hours: 37 hours per week 
Contract Type: Fixed Term for 2 years

Are you an enthusiastic Social worker passionate about working with people to promote independence and dedicated to making a difference? We would love to hear from you!

About the role:
We have a full time 2-year fixed term Social worker position available in our Isle of Wight Mental Health Team. 

The post holder will be expected to undertake Care Act Assessments for individuals who have a diagnosis of a severe and enduring mental illness, the majority of which will be known to NHS Secondary Mental Health Services and Care Act reviews to ensure that identified outcomes are met and any identified risks are managed effectively. Other tasks will include assessments to facilitate hospital discharges, applications for s117 funding, S117 reviews, Best Interest meetings and decisions and the undertaking of Mental Capacity assessments. Attendance at CPA reviews when required, arranging MARM and safeguarding meetings when indicated. This list is not exclusive and there may be additional tasks required within the remit of this post.  You will also hold a caseload allocated by the Consultant Practitioner and/or the Group Manager.  

The team has a supportive and engaged management structure including a Service Manager, a Group Manager and 1 Consultant Practitioner. It also consists of other staff members, including qualified Social Workers, Adult Social Care Officers and an administration team. The Mental Health Team works alongside and supports the AMHP team. 

To find out more about working in the Isle of Wight Mental Health Team visit our “Meet the Teams” webpage here

Our Social Workers must be able to listen hard to the people of the Isle of Wight, to understand what really matters and to connect them to resources that help them continue with their chosen life, either with support or independently. You will also be working with individuals to help them to regain control of their lives in a crisis. In order to best support the people we work with, we need Social Workers who are experienced in promoting their own and others professional curiosity and who are competent in their knowledge of legislation and meeting their professional capabilities.

About you:
As a Social Worker, we understand the work you do on a daily basis and provide the support you need to make a difference to the people of the Isle of Wight. To join us, you must:
Have a social work qualification and be SWE registered
Have completed your ASYE program or have relevant statutory experience
Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
Have the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference in a safe    working approach to social work practice

We would welcome applications from Social Workers 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 Social Work England requirements to regain your registration and continue your Social work journey within the Isle of Wight Council. 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.

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. You will be required to take part in the Out of Hours (OOH) stand-by duty rota as and when requested by management on an occasional basis. 

About us:
Here on the Isle of Wight, we are in the final year of our strategy “Care Close to Home” (CCTH). The results so far have been impressive.
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 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, the whole service has supported a redesign that enhances strength-based practice, working with the community and our third sector partners.

Our offer
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. 

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 about this vacancy or for an informal discussion, please contact Diane Pragnell at

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, 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.

Closing Date: 01 June 2021
Interview Date: 11 June 2021