Hillingdon Council: Putting our residents first.
Bring your social work practice expertise to Hillingdon - and be an inspiration to others.
At Hillingdon we are changing lives for the better. Our Adults Social Workers provide services across a number of areas including Initial Assessment, Locality and Hospital Teams and a specialist Learning Disability Service.
About the role
What will joining Hillingdon mean for me?
We are recruiting high-performing Adults Social Workers who are looking to develop their career in an innovative local authority, committed to realising potential.
We understand the need to nurture and support staff, that’s why you will receive an excellent induction process when you join us, on the job support, access to a wide range of training and development as well as experienced managers who will support your work and career.
There are many ways to develop both personally and professionally with a clear pathway for progression which may include leadership development programmes. You will be given every encouragement to reach your potential. We recognise talented individuals and that’s why many of our managers within Social Care who started in lower level positions have progressed to senior management roles!
About the services - Are you looking for a new challenge and that next step in your career?
Learning Disability & Autism
This team supports the front end and care management end of service users with learning disabilities & autism. Working within this team brings variety, some of the work undertaken includes court of protection work, safeguarding enquiries, best interest assessments for service users, implementing and reviewing care packages in the community (service users homes / supported living / care homes), referrals to supported living, residential or nursing homes.
Preparation for Adulthood
If you are looking for new challenges working with a young vibrant client group with various opportunities to learn and develop your social work skill, then the Preparation for Adult Team is for you. This is a passionate team who are driven by working with service users to prepare them for Adulthood. Some of the work undertaken includes court of protection work, safeguarding enquiries, best interest assessments for service users, implementing and reviewing care packages in the community (service users homes / supported living / care homes), referrals to supported living, residential or nursing homes.
Locality and Hospital
This team works closely with Hillingdon hospital and out of borough hospitals, alongside the CCG to support with hospital discharges either back to the community with a package of care or to a placement. The team respond to safeguarding enquiries, carry out best interest assessments for service users, Implementing and reviewing care packages in the community (Service users homes / Supported Living / Care Homes) and ensure referrals to supported living, residential or nursing homes. Although the role is based with the hospital team the role will involve working alongside Occupational Therapists, Community Care Officers, health colleagues and care providers.
*** Please state in your application which service(s) you are interested in working for ***
Development & Rewards
We are aiming to be the employer of choice for Social Workers and we offer competitive packages to reward your contribution and support a healthy work/life balance. These include upper-quartile salary plus:
Generous holiday entitlement, free parking, car mileage allowance, smart phone and laptop to enable mobile working, Local Government Pension Scheme, discounts and deals on national attractions, theme parks, holidays, insurance and with many national retailers.
The response to COVID-19 is shaping that way many organisations work. The recent roll-out of Microsoft 365 within the organisation has transformed the ability of some of our staff to work remotely while continuing to maintain the same high level of service delivery to our residents. We also recognise the value of some working time spent in the office.
Hillingdon has recently achieved ‘Timewise’ accreditation which endorses our ongoing commitment to flexible working. A refreshed flexible working policy along with wraparound wellbeing policies will be launched during the Autumn.
You will be a qualified, experienced Social Worker looking to progress your career or an accomplished Senior Social Worker, with a wide range of experience working with Older Adults and/or People with Disabilities. You will have developed your skills and knowledge with further post qualifying training and have specific experience with the relevant client group.
You will be innovative and creative with a willingness to explore new models of working to improve the outcomes for our service users. Moreover, you will be a highly motivated individual who is able to build strong relationships to deliver the best possible outcomes for vulnerable people.
The Social Worker profile describes our career pathway and outlines in detail the qualification and experience levels required for these positions.
Join our highly rated Adult Social Work services and you’ll enjoy the chance to build on our strengths and improve adults lives across Hillingdon.
Apply now to be part of the future of Adult Social Work at Hillingdon!
What we offer
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
- local government average salary pension scheme
- free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
- career breaks
- flexible working hours
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
- cycle purchase scheme
- car sharing scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.