About the role
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is committed to Creating Futures, our new Corporate Strategy. This provides a fresh focus and a clear sense of direction.
Providing high-quality Adult Social Care is of vital importance to us. We are committed to ensuring our services enable our most vulnerable residents to be resilient, independent, safe and well.
In this pivotal role, you will provide visible leadership to a team of practice managers, social workers and social care assistants. You’ll give essential direction and make key decisions on a range of complex care cases, including those that go to the Court of Protection and safeguarding enquiries. It is therefore important that your high standards of professional practice and ‘strengths-based’ approach are evident in your everyday practice.
Key to your success will be your ability to work effectively with peers in the specialist social work service to drive improvements across the service. You will also be skilled at working across other services, such as Safeguarding and Community Wellbeing and Independence, to implement the new adults target operating model.
This is a strategic and influential role. As a key member of the management team, you’ll work with colleagues to shape the service as we move into implementing the new operating model and our new ways of working. There will be further opportunity to work within our wider Families & Homes Directorate to deliver our Think Family Strategy providing ample scope to hone both your professional and leadership skills.
As a qualified social care professional, you’ll bring demonstrable experience and a strong track record of managing a team of professionals working in a multi-disciplinary way. You’ll also have experience of managing complex social care cases through to a successful outcome, managing and balancing support, risk and delivering outcomes.
The ability to prioritise and forward plan is essential.
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is a progressive borough. Over the past few years, we have changed significantly for the better. Good schools, great parks, excellent culture facilities, mass regeneration and budding community entrepreneurship are making our borough a place that people want to call home. We’ve also just been awarded the prestige of being the first ‘London Borough of Culture’.
As a council we have also changed and, despite the challenges of austerity, we have seen our highest-ever levels of resident satisfaction. As funding reductions continue, Waltham Forest is creating a council for the future.
In line with our ambitions, the Adult Social Care service in Waltham Forest has grand plans to progress to excellence supported by the unique Think Family Strategy which sees Adult Social Care working across the Families & Homes Directorate. Waltham Forest is in a unique position to deliver this as we have strong health and community partnerships and an emerging Integrated Care System.
Waltham Forest Council is an employer of choice. We offer a huge range of benefits to make working with us more than worthwhile. These include flexible working options, plus learning and development opportunities which will offer considerable scope and opportunity to progress your social work career further.
These roles will attract a retention bonus with £1000 payable in July and £1000 payable in December subject to sickness levels or any capability or disciplinary actions.