Senior Social Worker - Regaining Independence Service
Working for us at West Sussex County Council is all about making a positive difference to the people of West Sussex.
About the Regaining Independence Service (RIS)
The Regaining Independence Service provides community reablement support to customers within their own homes following discharge from hospital or to prevent admission.
The service enables residents of West Sussex to return home safely and with the support that they need including any equipment that may be required. Our team work with customers and their relatives/advocates to set achievable reablement goals to work towards with the aim of increasing independence.
Why not have a look at our dedicated careers in adults social work webpage to learn more!
About The Job
Salary: £39,493 to £42,503 per annum
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: Bridge House, Worthing with flexible and hybrid working.
Do you have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment? Do you want to be part of strong and dynamic service?
As a Senior Social Worker, you will:
- Undertake strength-based assessment in complex situations applying relevant legislation.
- manage a complex caseload collaborating with people and family or friend carers, undertake strengths-based assessments and reviews, identifying eligible needs and personalised outcomes.
- Be responsible for providing social work advice to your therapy colleagues working within the Regaining Independence Service, and will be the first point of contact.
- Hold professional supervision of Occupational Therapy Assistants and oversight of Occupational Therapist caseload where required.
- Work effectively in partnership with other staff and voluntary agencies.
- Provide support to less experienced colleagues to apply learning to further develop their capability, and professional confidence.
- Promote equality, recognise, and value diversity and inclusion, respecting peoples, carers, and colleagues. Challenge oppressive and discriminatory practice and behaviour.
Why chose West Sussex County Council?
- Excellent progression structure to support your career aspirations
- Regular specialist supervision and an enhanced pay offer.
- Supported with professional supervision and a workload that is appropriate to your level of professional development.
- Reflective and Best Practice groups held monthly and weekly.
- Access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) monies for training and development to work towards a specialist post-qualifying award.
- A supportive working environment with a strong management team who work together to deliver a high performing service whilst being passionate about social work values and best practice.
- Promote Smarter Working practices, to empower staff as to how and when individuals work to meet their key responsibilities within the requirements and demands of their role.
- Surrounded by national trails, charming villages, historic castles and action-packed outdoor activities and strong travel connections to urban centres and London.
All West Sussex County Council (WSCC) employees have a WSCC location as their contractual work location, however we do operate a 'Smarter working' approach, this is something that you agree locally with your manager, for what works best for you, your role and your team. More details will be shared once you start working.
If this sounds like an interesting opportunity for you, apply now and let's make a difference to our communities together!
Experience and Skills
- Ability to work proactively as a member of the team to make an accurate strengths-based assessment of needs in complex situations and negotiate and implement effective plans and outcomes (in line with relevant legislation).
- Demonstrable leadership skills when working in partnership with people, carers, colleagues and a variety of external agencies in complex situations to meet people's outcomes.
- Ability to advise and guide the team with consideration of how risks will be managed / mitigated. Ability to work closely with other seniors to take the lead and provide guidance and support regarding complex Social Work interventions around Care Act / Wellbeing Assessments, MCAs, Best Interest decisions, Safeguarding concerns, DOLS in the community. Ability to negotiate with other WSCC teams for redirection as appropriate.
- Ability to provide supervision and develop the capabilities of unregistered and registered practitioners including contributing to performance management. Ability to mentor and coach students and apprentices. Ability to provide quality assurance of wellbeing conversations and of initial reviews, and approve funding for care to delegated limit for role.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders to provide clear advice and guidance and interventions.
- Ability to recognise the limits of own accountability and responsibility, and to seek appropriate support, advice, and supervision, and to prioritise and organise work and meet agreed performance expectations.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Degree in relevant professional or equivalent qualification e.g. Certificate of Qualification in Social Work or Diploma in Social Work.
- Completion of relevant post-qualifying training.
- Registration with Social Work England and responsibility for maintaining registration.
- Knowledge of advanced theoretical social work concepts and practices, with demonstrable examples of dealing with a range of very complex issues.
- Experience of undertaking assessments in complex situations and social work intervention planning, implementation, and review by means of creative and pragmatic solutions.
- Extensive experience of working in partnership with those who access the service and maintaining a focus on the needs and strengths of the people, and the outcomes they want to achieve, whilst handling conflict and disagreement.
- Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload of complex safeguarding cases and discussing and sharing knowledge with Occupational Therapy colleagues.
- Experience of managing situations with complex and competing risks, utilising a risk enablement approach and using evidence-based practice.
- Experience and working knowledge of BIA, DOLs, safeguarding and / or mental capacity assessments.
- Excellent, up-to-date working knowledge of relevant legislation e.g., Care Act (2014), Mental Capacity Act (2005) etc.
- Experience of analysis and interpretation of complex people related information and data to prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision.
- Experience of contributing to or undertaking safeguarding enquiries.
- Sound and accurate IT knowledge to ensure effective record keeping, compliant with data protection and respecting confidentiality.
- Valid, full driving licence - Desirable
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:
- 29 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
- Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
- A range of flexible working options
- Health and wellbeing benefits including access to our Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and Voluntary Health Cash Plans
- Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
- A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000 (Including: Argos, Samsung, ASOS, B&Q and many more)
- A range of commuting and business travel discounts and initiatives.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE04140 .
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Helen Whittam (Team Manager) at
For issues or queries regarding your application please contact
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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to Social Worker England registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.
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