Newcastle Upon Tyne

Social Worker

THIS IS A CATEGORY "E" POST.
Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise

Ref:

AS155(e)

Full time

£30,095 - £33,486 per annum (unprogressed) or £34,373 - £38,553 per annum (progressed)

Please note this is an updated advertisement to reflect the current changes within LDA services in Newcastle and an increase in the number of vacancies, previous applicants need not apply and are being considered for this round of recruiting too.

This is an exciting time to join the Learning Disability and Autism Team at Newcastle City Council. We are currently undergoing a restructure that will change the way we work with service users, their families and carers and with partner agencies. We believe this restructure will improve outcomes for those we work with and will also make services more effective and efficient. It will also enable us to make best use of the breath of skills and expertise of social workers in the team. Finally, the restructure and resulting changes will be informed by the practitioners in the team, giving greater ownership of roles, systems and processes and the opportunity to develop expertise, new skill sets and interests. The restructure came into effect in April 2022 and we will move away from 3 generic LDA teams, to a model involving a smaller Intake Team, Intervention Team and Review team with dedicated practitioners and team managers in each. The Intervention Team will focus on new referrals and short-term assessment and intervention, including preventative and strengths-based work that promotes the independence of service users, at the point of referral. The intervention team will become involved in those situations that require input to address complex needs and undertake more in-depth work to fulfil statutory obligations and meet identified needs. The review team will undertake routine annual reviews, those relating to more complex packages of support and Streamline COP reviews and will also be involved in situations where changes are required for existing services. We are looking to recruit into all three teams currently and there is an expectation that all staff will have the opportunity to develop skills relevant to each area of work and may support each area if the situation requires it.

In order to be successful in your application, you must be dynamic, committed to providing an excellent social work service and bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with adults who have a learning disability and/or autism, their families and carers. You must be an enthusiastic team player who is passionate about achieving the best outcomes for adults. Candidates will be required to have the determination, commitment and social work value base to create positive outcomes for adults in the City.

This post requires you to be a qualified Social Worker. You should hold a relevant Social Work qualification such as the Social Work Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS and be registered with the Social Work England. The ideal candidate will have experience of working in Adult Social Care and have relevant skills and experience across a range of areas, such as experience of Court of Protection work, hospital discharge, assessment and support planning, safeguarding adults work and working with partner agencies as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The successful candidate will be self-motivating and will be able to prioritise and complete work to a high standard, often within tight timescales. You should also have knowledge of statutory requirements and relevant legislation.

We recognise the demands of the role and the need to support staff; we offer regular one-to-ones with a team manager, small group supervision sessions and regular team meetings as well as learning and development opportunities relevant to the role.

Newcastle is a great place to work and some of the benefits of working with us are:

• Generous annual leave plus Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually

• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme

• A range of flexible working options, including the ability to take two flexi days per month

• Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave

• Working in a supportive team environment

• Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise. We are strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure and a range of other recruitment checks.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post or the restructure, please contact Kirsty Turner or Susan Redmond, Team Managers on 0191 2788100.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.

We are strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure and a range of other recruitment checks.

Apply online at www.northeastjobs.org.uk, select 'Apply Now' and complete our online application form.

PLEASE NOTE PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT REAPPLY

Permanent

Closing date:

9 August 2022

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