Learning Disability Team

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Group Manager

County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight

Grade 13, £42,923 - £46,402 per annum

Contact: Rebecca Hunter via Rebecca.Hunter@iow.gov.uk

Vacancy Reference: 50042276

Closing Date: 20/05/2022

Interview Date: 07/06/2022

Contract Type: Fixed Term for 9 Months

Hours: 37 Hours per week


Are you passionate about working with clients with a Learning Disability and/or Autism? Are you made of the “Wight Stuff”?   


Over the past two years, we have been working hard at transforming our generic social work workforce into a special workforce focussing on specific areas such as Learning Disability, Mental Health and Locality Teams for older persons.


We are well on the way on our integration journey with our health partners having established integrated teams across the island, including an integrated complex discharge team within the hospital setting and are now moving forward with our models of integration for our Learning Disability Team, Mental Health Team and Resource Centre’s Rehab & Reablement.


We have been working hard during the national pandemic to support staff into an agile working framework and this has proved not only effective but has become the preferred way of working.


An exciting opportunity has arisen here due to the current post holder going on maternity leave!


We are seeking a Group Manager to oversee the Integrated Learning Disability Team and Transition Team, to ensure that the people who are eligible and require support from Adult Social Care are provided with safe and timely support.


The Integrated Learning Disability Team is a dynamic, dedicated and motivated group of social care staff who are passionate about ensuring the learning disability community on the Isle of Wight, are given the appropriate opportunities to promote independence and quality of life.


This also includes the Transition Team staff who work with young people and their families or carers, when moving through from Children’s Service’s to Adult Services, to ensure a smooth journey and to prepare them for the changes they experience in Adulthood.


We work in partnership with our health colleagues from the Arthur Webster Clinic Community Learning Disability Team to support clients to achieve their personal outcomes in a person-centred way, to identify their strengths, support networks and achieve their goals through creative care planning.


You will work towards a strength-based model of practice to prevent a reliance on statutory intervention.


You will safeguard the most vulnerable citizens on the Island, using the principle of making safeguarding personal.


You will be leading the team on a programme of continual development and improvement, supporting and motivating staff to meet high standards of practice and service delivery.


You will ensure that annual appraisal, development plans and supervision support of staff is implemented as per departmental guidelines ensuring staff have access to high quality 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.


If you would welcome an informal discussion about the role, please contact Rebecca Hunter via Rebecca.hunter@iow.gov.uk


Please visit the Adult Social Care career opportunities page which holds inspiring testimonies from team members, Teams profiles and a guide to what the Island offers as well as personal development opportunities.


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.


As well as being a great place to work, we also offer a competitive remuneration package including:

• Competitive rates of pay and allowances

• Annual leave entitlement of 31 days p/a (plus public holidays)

• Local Government pension scheme

• Relocation package (if eligible) of up to £8,000 plus home relocation scheme via Help to Buy

• Travel allowance (if eligible) and discounted Solent ferry travel

• Island bus network discount, cycle to work scheme and staff parking permit scheme

• Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership

• National and local discounts & benefits schemes

• Access to private health care packages


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 and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. 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, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a
Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.


A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.


Please view information pack and complete your job application online at www.iwight.com/jobvacancies 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.


We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. 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. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.