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Social Care Officer Ref: 50062390

County Hall, Newport

Grade 8, £23,668.00 to £26,317.00

Vacancy Reference: 50062390

Closing Date: 15/06/2020

Hours:               37 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent       

Here on the Isle of Wight, we are in year three of our strategy “Care Close to Home” (CCTH). The results so far have been impressive and earned us a place as a finalist in the health and care category of both the Local Government Chronicle and Municipal Journal 2019 awards. We have also been shortlisted for a National Award in developing the Living Well Service.

Under CCTH we have: more than halved the rate of admissions into residential care amongst elders; reduced the rate of permanent admissions into care homes by working age adults by over 80%; established a highly effective and innovative approach to demand management through the voluntary and community sector (seeing less than a 3% re-referral rate into ASC); quadrupled our home based reablement offer with over 69% of people needing no onward care and support; reduced the numbers of children living in bed and breakfast accommodation by 81%; and secured the support of our colleagues across the Department in making the many changes we have so successful (over 95% of our colleagues report that they understand, support and “own” CCTH).

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 an appointed Principal Social Worker (and created a new Practice Development Unit to support his work) and strengthened capacity at service manager level.

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.

The Locality team are looking for an enthusiastic Social Care Officer who will be working within West & Central Locality, based in Newport, covering from Newport to West Wight including Cowes.  The role involves undertaking preventative work with people, alongside other services within the Integrated Locality team, including housing, health, police and fire service as well as our third sector and community colleagues.  The post holder will also undertake Initial Assessments, Care Act Assessments and Care Act reviews, supporting people to remain as independent as possible within our community. The successful candidate will be using the Care Act criteria that enables the person to remain at home as well as showing the ability to work within a strength-based approach which is person centred and always has the person at the heart of any assessment.

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.

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.

Successful candidates will be suitably qualified with a NVQ3 in Care or equivalent.  You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of The Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Data Protection Act and evidence of ability to work to practice guidance/procedure.

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.

We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Sophie Day on 01983 821000 or email Sophie.day@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, 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 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, telephone 01983 823134 or email callcentre@iow.gov.uk 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.             

Closing Date: 15 June 2020        
Interview Date: 25 June 2020