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Social Worker - Home First (Grade 6)

  • Employer: Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Reference: WCH/22/211057
  • Published: Mon 12/09/2022, 19:44 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 02/10/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours
  • Salary: £35,572
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Wirral, Merseyside
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Social Worker
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (working flexible shift patterns to cover a variety of hours between 8am to 8pm across 7 day service, weekends on a rota basis. For every weekend worked as part of your contracted hours, you will get the time back in the week – Enhanced rates will be paid for any weekends or bank holidays worked.)
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£35,572 £35,572 pa (pro rata)
Salary period
02/10/2022 23:59

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust's common purpose:

We will support you and your community to live well.

Our values:

Supportive and caring, listening to others.

Communicating openly, honestly and sharing ideas.

Trusted to deliver, feeling valued and safe.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust provides high quality community health and social services which are responsive to the needs of our local population. Services are delivered by our dedicated and innovative multi disciplinary professionals and supported by equally committed staff behind the scenes. We strive to continue developing and improving our services by working with and listening to our populations, partners, commissioners and staff.

Working for Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust offers you a great opportunity to be a part of a talented, passionate and committed team delivering excellent community based services throughout Wirral and surrounding areas.

Job overview


Are you a qualified Social Worker looking for a career where you can make a difference in your local community? Is a new challenge what you’re searching for? Do you want to help improve people’s lives? If this sounds like you, look no further!

Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust has 2 primary objectives, which are, to deliver high quality outcomes for the people of Wirral as well as valuing and investing in the professionals that work as part of our organisation. Our 5 year strategy sets out how we intend to improve our populations health whilst tackling the inequalities that can often present as a barrier.

If you have a passion to work collaboratively across a multi-disciplinary team, which includes Nurses, Therapists, GP’s and Community Geriatricians, serving both community, discharge and ward-based care then this is the role for you. Wirral offers a large diversity of opportunities that will allow you to practice within your current skill set whilst providing training and development that will enhance your learning experience and help you to gain greater job satisfaction within your role.

Those opportunities include:-  Home First and the Community Integrated Response Team

So if this feels like the next step in your career progression then we would really love to hear from you


Main duties of the job


An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and motivated, experienced, band 6 Social worker to join a busy, pro active, multi- disciplinary team within the Trust.

Full and part time vacancies are available.

You will work with people aged 18+ who may have multiple conditions, learning disabilities and complex care needs as part of a multi disciplinary team in a community setting.

To join our Community Social Work teams you will:

  • Be a registered Social Worker with Social Work England
  • Have completed ASYE and critical reflection modules post qualification
  • Have proven knowledge of the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity act 2005, Safeguarding and other specific legislation appropriate to  Adult Social care
  • Be committed to delivering a high standard of care and promoting professional standards
  • Be an excellent communicator who will innovate, inspire and support colleagues
  • Advocate for members of our community, identifying changes in need and planning for their current and future care

This post requires applicants to be at a social worker level having completed your ASYE.


Working for our organisation


Our priority is to provide safe, high quality care to our communities every day; the kind of care we would want for ourselves and our loved ones. Through having social work in the Trust, people we work with experience a more integrated and coordinated multiagency approach.

Our hard working staff support us to embed an open, just and compassionate culture and in turn we support them by providing an inclusive workplace with health and well-being initiatives, staff benefits and opportunities for personal and professional development.

The Trust has a strong CPD offer for Adult Social Care and is committed to supporting professional development of all staff.

Benefits & Rewards

The Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits, including:

  • Annual leave of 27 days plus bank holidays (this may increase depending on service)
  • Recognition of continuous previous local authority service towards reckonable service for Social Workers who join the Trust from an existing Social Care team within another local government
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexible working and job share opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice schemes e.g. public transport loans, cycle schemes
  • Staff discount schemes e.g. Discounted  leisure centre membership
  • In house training
  • Free on-site parking (dependent on site)
  • Personal resilience training
  • Mindfulness support
  • Staff counselling service
  • Active staff council
  • Support for carers
  • Fast track physiotherapy service


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the person specification and job description attached to this advert for further details.

As a social worker in the Trust you will be working with a model of strength based social work practice that enables you to make a difference to the lives of the people we support at right time.          

Applicants are requested to provide the required information outlined in these documents in their application to demonstrate their suitability for the post

Current Social Work England registration with the relevant social work qualification is essential to this post. Travel is an essential part of this role and therefore access to a car for work purposes is essential. Appointment to the post will be subject to successful interview, references, DBS clearance and Occupational Health checks.

If your application is successful but you are unable to make the interview date, please do get in touch with the recruiting manager to explore flexibility, with an alternative date. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work; Dip.
  • Be registered with the Social Work England and able to evidence
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in line with Professional Competencies Framework.

Experience and Knowladge

Essential criteria
  • Completion of Assessed and Supported Year Experience plus 2 years experience
  • Able to demonstrate practice which supports the core social work values and principles.
  • Proven experience of working with vulnerable adults and carers.
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to Adult Social Care and work
  • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection requirements.
  • Experience of completing safeguarding enquires and making safeguarding personal. Undertaking statutory duties and coordinating
  • Awareness of current practice issues and challenges facing Social Workers.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practice.
  • Commitment for continuing professional development.
  • Experience of working in partnership with individuals, families, carers colleagues and partner agencies both voluntary and publicsector.
  • Experience of arranging support plans and/or packages of care.
  • Experience of working with adults with complex needs.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working.
Desirable criteria
  • The ability to prepare statement or reports for court proceedings. This could include attendance in court
  • Requirement to undertake the Best Interest Assessor training
  • Required to undertake the practice educator award.

Skills & Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communication and engage with people in highly complex/challenging situations using a range of interventions effectively and the ability to reflect and evaluate practices.
  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing with a diverse range of people including families and professionals.
  • Able to demonstrate organisational skills
  • Sound assessment and interviewing skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate IT skills e.g. use of Microsoft Office etc.
  • The ability to use formal and informal supervision to reflect on practice.

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Able to travel within or outside the Borough. Must be willing to move across teams according to the needs of the service
  • Able to work five out of seven days a week on a rota basis. This includes weekends and unsocial hours
  • Exercise emotional intelligence and demonstrate a developing emotional resilience in relation to their job role.
  • Able to work autonomously and seek out support when required


  • Application Stage
  • Employer: Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Reference: WCH/22/211057
  • Published: Mon 12/09/2022, 19:44 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 02/10/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours
  • Salary: £35,572
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Wirral, Merseyside

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