Social Workers - Review Team, Adult Social Care

Buckinghamshire Council
£30,000 - £39,999
12 Jan 2021
14 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Social Workers - Review Team, Adult Social Care
Location: Buckinghamshire County Wide

We have exciting opportunities for qualified Social Workers in our Older People, Physical and Sensory Disabilities Review Team, and are looking for those who embody our core values and exhibit our principle behaviours.

We are passionate and motivated about supporting people in Buckinghamshire to achieve the outcomes that are important to them, using the Strengths Based Approach to build upon people’s current support networks, ensuring they have the ability to maintain their independence, and ensuring we’re delivering the best services for value for money.

We are a friendly and supportive team who all share a desire to achieve great results for our service users. We’d love you to come and join us. If you share our values and this seems as exciting to you as it does to us then click the 'Apply' button to find out more about our Try Before You Apply days!

About us
Our vision is simple. To make a real difference to the people and communities we serve. Now, and for the future. This means safeguarding the vulnerable, creating opportunities, building self-reliance and keeping Buckinghamshire thriving and attractive. All whilst ensuring that we’re delivering value for money.

Our local communities are at the heart of everything we do and they really rely on the work we do. Whether it’s new roads being built, helping parents get their children a school place or providing essential support to vulnerable children or elderly residents, what we do touches the lives of everyone in Buckinghamshire.

In April 2020 Buckinghamshire Council became the UK’s newest council and the residents of Buckinghamshire will be served by a single, unitary council. Buckinghamshire is an ambitious, rapidly growing county, and our economy is one of the strongest in the country. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and ranks as one of the top rural areas to live in the UK and yet it is incredibly well connectedâ€" only an hour from London on the train. The county has a rich history and heritage and is the birthplace of the international Paralympic movement.

We are looking for motivated, ambitious and inspiring people to join us on our journey. Not only will you be an integral part of the unique and exciting transition through the unitary process, you will also be entitled to a range of different benefits to make sure you are happy both at work and at home.

About the role
Your role as a Social Worker within the Annual Review Team will include the following:
  • To have a passion for working with an interesting and diverse group of Adults who may be Older, or have Physical or Sensory Disabilities
  • To review the care and support already in place, and develop an appropriate ongoing care plan with the service users, in line with Care Act 2014 eligibility criteria
  • You will be confident in applying the Strengths Based Approach to promote the service users independence and community engagement
  • To provide supervision, and uphold and improve the standards of practice within the service

About you
We are looking for candidates who are passionate, supportive, motivated and professional in their conduct. We are looking for candidates with knowledge and experience of the following:
  • You will be a registered Social Worker having completed your ASYE
  • You will have knowledge of and experience in applying the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act
  • You will have an ability to communicate effectively with a range of other professionals, service users and carers
  • You will have the ability to record accurately and produce reports in a timely manner
  • You will have the ability to organise your own time and work quickly
  • You will be able to support, manage and organise others.

To be successful in the role you will need to demonstrate the following:
  • Initiative:The ability to spot and seize opportunities and to act without being told
  • Flexibility/Adaptability:Ability to adapt readily to change and work effectively in a variety of situations, groups or with individuals
  • Managing Oneself:The ability to achieve performance through personal organisation, showing confidence in one’s skills, capability, judgement and self control in stressful situations
  • Influencing: The ability to persuade others to a particular course of action or viewpoint whilst respecting their concerns, motives or feelings
  • Organisational Awareness:Understanding who are the key people to influence/interact, both within and outside the County Council and building good relationships with them
  • Communication Skills:The ability to receive, understand and convey information and ideas effectively, using skills in oral and written communication and presentation
  • Decision Making:The ability to make decisions that optimise results.

Other information
Access to / use of a vehicle is an essential requirement. Flexible working is available to staff following a successful probationary period.

This post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Due to the sensitive nature of the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake a criminal record check as part of the recruitment process.

Induction: Our induction takes place over 6 weeks and includes shadowing, e-learning, training courses, meeting with other relevant health professionals and visiting day services.

Training Opportunities: We pride ourselves on developing our staff and offer comprehensive training opportunities including PEPs, BIA, development in to specialist roles, DoLS and MCA, AT, presentation skills, and much more!

Our values
We pride ourselves on our core values of being Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy. We work together to deliver the very best outcomes, with both our residents and employees being at the heart of what we do.

Plus, we expect you to model the Adult Social Care values and focus on:
  • Keeping our service users lived experiences at the heart of everything we do
  • Working collaboratively with and for our service users and families, acknowledging their contribution and building on their strengths
  • Remaining passionate about keeping our service users and well and making a positive difference every day
  • Making sure that everyone’s voice is heard, including our service users, families, our staff and partners, so that we work reflectively, openly and with integrity
  • Assuring the quality of practice and managing our performance to inform service improvement and development.

About the Business Unit
The Annual Review team is a large and supportive team made up of Social Workers and experienced Social Work Assistants. The Annual Review Team covers the entire county of Buckinghamshire and, as such, we can usually accommodate workers who wish to work in a specific geographical area. We work directly with people who may be an Older Adult, or an Adult with Physical or Sensory Disabilities and work both in the communities and in residential care facilities.

We promote agile working and will be able to provide you with the opportunity to work from home following the successful completion of your probation period.

We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people.

We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%.

We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

Social Workers are also entitled to a generous enhanced reward package, as follows:
  • Competitive salary with a special pay increment of £1,750 to Grade 6 and £2,000 to Grade 7 (full time, annual equivalent) to be split into equal monthly payments, and a ‘Golden Hello’ lump sum payment of £1000 to Grade 6 and £2,000 to Grade 7 (paid upon successful completion of probationary period)
  • New lease car scheme
  • Annual leave up to 30 days after 5 years employment
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • 12 â€" 15 days training, learning and development offer.

To apply please click on the 'Apply' button