Service Area: Adult Social Care and Housing
Post Title: Consultant Practitioner
Post Number: 50024489
Team Name: Safeguarding
Workplace: County Hall and Agile working
Salary: Grade 11, £37,050.00 to £39,809.00
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Are you an experienced practitioner 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 permanent Consultant Practitioner position available in our Isle of Wight Adult Safeguarding Team.
The team has a supportive and engaged management structure including a Service Manager, Group Manager and 2 Consultant Practitioners and an Independent CP. To find out more about working in the Isle of Wight Adult Safeguarding 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.
As the Consultant Practitioner, 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, OT or nurse qualification and be registered with relevant professional body,
- Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment,
- Be able to ensure thorough input of work is achieved and that the team works efficiently in achieving optimal outcomes for individuals and carers by providing advice and direction within the service area. This may involve working alongside staff in the various areas of health and social care, particularly where members of staff are experiencing difficulties or are unable to achieve the required outcomes
- Be able to demonstrate skills and experience of promoting a person centered and strengths-based approach.
- Have the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference in a safe working approach to social work practice
- 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.
- Be able to take part in the Out of Hours (OOH) stand-by duty rota as and when requested by management on an occasional basis.
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 strive to be the best we can be for our community, with talented Social Care professionals leading the way. We are a hard-working team and it doesn’t go unnoticed, in fact, we’ve just been named as finalists for one of the most prestigious awards in Adult Social Care - The MJ Awards 2021 in the Care and Health Integration category!
In fact, the last 4 years have seen our whole service focusing on enabling individuals to live independent lives, with our innovative ‘Care Closer to Home’ strategy, and we are seeing impressive results. You can read up on this scheme here.
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.
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.
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.
As well as being a great place to work, we also offer a competitive remuneration package including:
- Competitive rates of pay and allowances
- Annual leave entitlement of 31 days p/a (plus public holidays)
- Local Government pension scheme
- Relocation package (if eligible) of up to £8,000 plus home relocation scheme via Help to Buy
- Travel allowance (if eligible) and discounted Solent ferry travel
- Island bus network discount, cycle to work scheme and staff parking permit scheme
- Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership
- National and local discounts & benefits schemes
- Access to private health care packages
We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.
For further information about this vacancy or for an informal discussion, please contact Maria Blazeckova on Maria.Blazeckova@IOW.gov.uk
Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.
The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. 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, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.
The Isle of Wight Council is committed to supporting all newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) through the implementation of a robust post graduate competency framework referred to as the Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE). The ASYE is intended to be the first stage of the continuing professional development for Registered Social Workers, and the framework will be closely allied to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). You will be therefore, be required to satisfactorily complete the ASYE programme within a 12-month period (or 18 months if part time).
Please view information pack and complete your job application online at www.iwight.com/jobvacancies Telephone 01983 823134 or email email@example.com if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.
We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. 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. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.
Closing Date: 03 February 2022
Interview date: 14 February 2022
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.