Are you an enthusiastic Social worker who would like to support our Island by working at the front door of Adult Social Care? We would love to hear from you!
About the role:
We have a full time Social worker position available in our Isle of Wight Initial Adult Social Care Contact Team.
The role is primarily to complete care act assessment in the community, ensuring that a strength based approach is the focus of your assessment thus linking to our Care Closer to Home agenda on the Island.
This is an exciting opportunity to join us support the ongoing development of this service which has recently redesigned to ensure the best service for those customers we support.
The team has a supportive and engaged management structure including a Service Manager, a Group Manager and 2 Consultant Practitioners. It also consists of about 18 other staff members, including qualified Social Workers, Adult Social Care Officers and an administration team.
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.
As an IASCC Team 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
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.
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.
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. We have also been shortlisted for a National Award in developing the Living Well Service.
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).
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.
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.
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.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.