Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per week
Are you an experienced Social Worker passionate about working with eligible vulnerable adults requiring social care support at the point of hospital discharge? If so we would love to hear from you. We have a full time Social Worker position available in our Isle of Wight Social Work Hospital Team.
About the role:
This is an exciting time to join this nationally recognised award-winning team which was a leading discharge service supporting people to leave hospital in a safe and timely manner once optimised to do so. The Hospital Social Work Team works under the umbrella of the Integrated Discharge Team (IDT) and part of the wider MDT working with business partners from several different disciplines from health and social care, Therapy, commissioning, provider market, Carers and advocacy, undertaking strength based and person-centered assessments in line with the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005 away from the acute setting.
The Isle of Wight Council has a Care Close to Home Strategy in which we are strong believers in, reaching out to people and their community, ensuring their connections, family and friendships are maintained and promoting autonomy as well as people living for as long as possible in their own homes with support when they need be. The role entails all aspects of care management responsibilities by undertaking strength based, person centered care act assessments, care planning, reviews, safeguarding, mental capacity assessments, continuing healthcare and supporting with housing needs, working in collaboration with our housing team.
The social work team also works in partnership with our private and voluntary sector/organisations and care providers on the island. We have worked hard to develop and maintain a strong working relationship which has strengthened our workforce development strategy which has made the service what it is today, something that we are very proud of.
The social workers role is also to support people who find themselves in a caring role for a family member, friend or neighbour, our role is to offer an inform and advise role as well as offer a carer's assessments and recognition for the important role they play in peoples lives, The social worker will also be looking at contingency planning with carers and the people they are supporting to avert crisis situations working in a preventative and proactive way which could prevent an admission to a 24 hour care environment or hospital admission, this remains a developing role and an exciting one for the right person.
The team has a strong, supportive, and engaged management structure including a Service Manager, a Team Manager and 2 Senior Social Workers. It also consists of 18 other staff members, including qualified social workers, social work assistants, occupational therapist, and a highly skilled administrations team.
To find out more about working in the Isle of Wight Integrated Locality Team visit our “Meet the Teams” webpage here.
Our social workers must be able to listen to the people of the Isle of Wight, to understand what really matters and to connect them to resources that help them continue with their chosen life, either with support or independently. You will also be working with individuals to help them to regain control of their lives in a crisis. In order to best support the people, we work with, we need social workers who are experienced in promoting their own and others professional curiosity and who are competent in their knowledge of legislation and meeting their professional capabilities.
As a social worker, we understand the work you do daily and provide the support you need to make a difference to the people of the Isle of Wight. To join us, you must:
· Have a social work qualification and be SWE registered
· Have completed your ASYE program or have relevant statutory experience
· Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
· Have the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference in a safe working approach to social work practice
Successful candidates will be suitably qualified and hold an 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. You will be required to take part in the Out of Hours (OOH) stand-by duty rota as and when requested by management on an occasional basis.
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.
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.
We are committed 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 must 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 to our Emergency Department (ED) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.
All applicants are welcome to come and meet the Team for a face to face informal discussion. Please contact Allan Harper, Team Manager on 01983 534227 or allan.harper@IOW.gov.uk
Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.
A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.
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.
The Isle of Wight Council is committed to supporting all newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) through the implementation of a robust post graduate competency framework referred to as the Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE). The ASYE is intended to be the first stage of the continuing professional development for Registered Social Workers, and the framework will be closely allied to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). You will be therefore, be required to satisfactorily complete the ASYE programme within a 12-month period (or 18 months if part time).
If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email email@example.com. 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.
Closing Date: 9th February 2023
Interview Date: 20th February 2023