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.
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
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
appointed a new Principal Social Worker (and created a new Practice Development
Unit to support his work) and strengthened capacity at service manager level.
The Adult Integrated Learning Disability Team is
looking for an enthusiastic social worker who would like to support our Island
by working with adults with a Learning Disability, alongside their carers,
family members and our Health colleagues from the Community Leaning Disability
This is an exciting time for the Learning
Disability Team as we are in the process of integrating with our Health
colleagues from the Arthur Webster Clinic as we recognise the importance of
shared expertise and skills to promote best outcomes for those we are
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated
Social Worker who is passionate about working with clients with a Learning
Disability. You will have good communication and relationship building skills
and fully recognise the importance of ensuring that the voice of those we are
supporting is heard.
The successful candidate will be able to use a
strengths-based, person centred approach to promote independence and positive
wellbeing, enabling the client to achieve their goals and aspirations. This
will involve undertaking Care Act Assessments, Care Act reviews and creative
support planning while working in partnership alongside other services from the
third sector and community.
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 or
about to qualify and hold up to date professional registration. You will be
able to demonstrate skills and experience of promoting a person centred and
strengths based approach. In addition, you will have proven ability to work as
part of a team that puts the strengths of individuals, families and community
at the heart of care and wellbeing.
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:
& Customer focused
proud of our commitment to offer:
Supporting and supervising all our social care workforce
opportunities for our staff as they develop and progress their professional
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
Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight
Council and living on the island here.
For further information on our current
vacancies, or an informal discussion, please contact Sophie Day, on 01983
821000 x 6799 or email Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.