Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract Type: 2x Permanent and 1x 12 months fixed term.
Introduction by Dr Carol Tozer, Director of Adult Social Services
Here on the Isle of Wight, we are now nearly two years into our strategy “Care Close to Home”. The results have been impressive and include: a 62% reduction in the rate of permanent admissions into care homes amongst our elders; run by a consortium of voluntary and community organisations our Living Well Service has resulted in only 3% of people being re-referred into adult social care; a quadrupling in size of our home based reablement offer with over 50% of people needing no onward care and support; and over two thirds of frontline colleagues and managers reporting that morale and engagement is good or very good. Our commissioning approach has been written up as an exemplar of good practice in terms of how we have engaged partners – while our “Raising Standards” initiative (a free development programme for all Registered Managers on the island) has seen more than 60% of services improve their CQC rating when re-inspected subsequent to the completion of the programme.
We are obsessed with how we can best use the strengths of those we serve in designing their care and support – supporting people to maintain the maximum level of independence possible. We are blessed with a vibrant and expert voluntary and community sector – and involve them as equal partners – to help us in this area.
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 go elsewhere. Our Integrated Locality Services work effectively in avoiding “admission” (be that hospital or care home) – and we will grow them. Equally, we are integrating with health our care management offer in the areas of mental health and learning disabilities – and the plan is also to fully integrate budgets. Our CCG will be commissioning us to deliver a single service for continuing health care and we are in the process of joining up our respective rehabilitation and reablement offers.
Foreword from Simon Homes, Adult Social Services Principal Social Worker
I am delighted that you are considering working on the Isle of Wight; this is truly an exciting time!
If you choose to work for Adult Services on the Isle of Wight you will be joining an innovative organisation who is passionate about ensuring person centred delivery strength-based approaches and outcomes which make a difference to the lives of the people we serve.
Our values matter and influence individual and organisational practice, you will be joining a caring and supportive team of professionals with a clear vision of what excellent looks like in all aspects of Adult Social Care.
We have been nationally recognised with regard to our delayed transfers of care, have been nominated for an LGA award, and through our “Care close to home strategy” have developed positive solutions to ensure that people are able to make the choice to remain safely in their own home.
I am looking for professional leads who are confident and competent in all aspects of adult social care and who can help shape whilst continuing the pace and drive for excellence here on the Isle of Wight. We need practice leads who are ambitious about the outcomes delivered to those we serve, and those of the workforce, as we see the two as intrinsically linked.
For those considering relocating, we offer a generous relocation package. For those who decide to commute daily, we can reimburse travel costs.
If you have the desire to join us, please get in touch.
For further information or an informal discussion, you can either can call me on (01983) 821 000 extension 6792 or email me on email@example.com
See also: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/Working-for-the-Council/
I look forward to meeting you soon.
The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.
In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.
Please view information pack and complete your job application online at www.iwight.com/jobvacancies, telephone 01983 823134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.
In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that 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.
Vacancy Reference: 50059230