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Social Worker

  • Employer: Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salary: £34,172 per annum/pro rata
  • Location: Wirral, Cheshire
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37.50 hours.
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Closing Date: 18/05/2022 at 23:59
  • Reference: WCH/22/194023

We will support you and your community to live well.

Our values:

Compassion
Supportive and caring, listening to others.

Open
Communicating openly, honestly and sharing ideas.

Trust
Trusted to deliver, feeling valued and safe.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust provides high quality community health and social services which are responsive to the needs of our local population. Services are delivered by our dedicated and innovative health professionals and supported by equally committed staff behind the scenes. We strive to continue developing and improving our services by working with and listening to our populations, partners, commissioners and staff.

Working for Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust offers you a great opportunity to be a part of a talented, passionate and committed team delivering excellent community based services throughout Wirral and surrounding areas.

Our common purpose:

We will support you and your community to live well.

Our values:

Compassion
Supportive and caring, listening to others.

Open
Communicating openly, honestly and sharing ideas.

Trust
Trusted to deliver, feeling valued and safe.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust provides high quality community health and social services which are responsive to the needs of our local population. Services are delivered by our dedicated and innovative health professionals and supported by equally committed staff behind the scenes. We strive to continue developing and improving our services by working with and listening to our populations, partners, commissioners and staff.

Working for Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust offers you a great opportunity to be a part of a talented, passionate and committed team delivering excellent community based services throughout Wirral and surrounding areas.

Job overview

 

Are you a qualified Social Worker looking for a career where you can make a difference in your local community? Is a new challenge what you’re searching for? Do you want to help improve people’s lives? If this sounds like you, look no further!

At Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we pride ourselves in providing the best support to members of our local community to maintain their independence and dignity to help them live as well as possible, for as long as possible. We are looking for proactive and dynamic individuals to join our Community Social Work teams in an Integrated Community Health and Social Care service, working across the Wirral Peninsula.

 

Main duties of the job

 

You will work with people aged 18+ who may have multiple conditions, learning disabilities and complex care needs as part of a multi disciplinary team in a community setting.

For further details, please see the Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert. 

To join our Community Social Work teams you will:

  • Be a registered Social Worker with Social Work England
  • Have completed ASYE and critical reflection modules post qualification
  • Have proven knowledge of the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity act 2005, Safeguarding and other specific legislation appropriate to  Adult Social care
  • Be committed to delivering a high standard of care and promoting professional standards
  • Be an excellent communicator who will innovate, inspire and support colleagues
  • Advocate for members of our community, identifying changes in need and planning for their current and future care

Working for our organisation

Valued. Supported.  Empowered.

As a valued member of our Trust, your manager will support you in setting personal goals for the year as part of your induction and ongoing learning and development. You will be encouraged to undertake training to assist you to excel in your role with the Trust and ensure you are equipped to reach your full potential in this role.

The Trust has a strong CPD offer for Adult Social Care and is committed to supporting professional development of all staff. This includes a robust career progression framework to support our Social Workers progress to Experienced Social Workers providing certain criteria are met.  

Benefits & Rewards

The Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits, including:

  • Annual leave of 27 days plus bank holidays (this may increase depending on service)
  • Recognition of continuous previous local authority service towards reckonable service for Social Workers who join the Trust from an existing Social Care team within another local government
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • Flexible working and job share opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice schemes e.g. public transport loans, cycle schemes
  • Staff discount schemes e.g. Discounted leisure centre membership
  • In house training
  • Free on-site parking (dependent on site)
  • Personal resilience training
  • Mindfulness support
  • Staff counselling service
  • Active staff council
  • Support for carers
  • Fast track physiotherapy service

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further details, please see the Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert. 

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work; Dip.
  • Be registered with the Social Work England and able to evidence
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in line with Professional Competencies Framework.

Experience and Knowladge

Essential criteria
  • Completion of Assessed and Supported Year Experience plus 2 years experience
  • Able to demonstrate practice which supports the core social work values and principles.
  • Proven experience of working with vulnerable adults and carers.
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to Adult Social Care and work
  • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection requirements.
  • Experience of completing safeguarding enquires and making safeguarding personal. Undertaking statutory duties and coordinating
  • Awareness of current practice issues and challenges facing Social Workers.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practice.
  • Commitment for continuing professional development.
  • Experience of working in partnership with individuals, families, carers colleagues and partner agencies both voluntary and publicsector.
  • Experience of arranging support plans and/or packages of care.
  • Experience of working with adults with complex needs.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working.
Desirable criteria
  • The ability to prepare statement or reports for court proceedings. This could include attendance in court
  • Requirement to undertake the Best Interest Assessor training
  • Required to undertake the practice educator award.

Skills & Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communication and engage with people in highly complex/challenging situations using a range of interventions effectively and the ability to reflect and evaluate practices.
  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing with a diverse range of people including families and professionals.
  • Able to demonstrate organisational skills
  • Sound assessment and interviewing skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate IT skills e.g. use of Microsoft Office etc.
  • The ability to use formal and informal supervision to reflect on practice.

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Able to travel within or outside the Borough. Must be willing to move across teams according to the needs of the service
  • Able to work five out of seven days a week on a rota basis. This includes weekends and unsocial hours
  • Exercise emotional intelligence and demonstrate a developing emotional resilience in relation to their job role.
  • Able to work autonomously and seek out support when required

Important Information

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WCHC is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of disability, age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, maternity/pregnancy, marriage/civil partnership or transgender status. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities. We actively encourage BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled applicants and value the positive impact that difference has on our teams. We are committed to equality and diversity within our workforce.

Closing Dates

Candidates are advised to apply early. We reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received.

Reference Information

We are required to obtain written references covering at least the past 3 years of employment or education / training history. Please provide contact details for all referees, including business e-mail addresses. The trust will not accept personal references from friends or family.

Salary Expectations

The Trust pays staff in line with national NHS Terms and Conditions. Relevant experience may be considered when salary offers are made.

Restricted Applications

Staff on the Trust's Redeployment Register will be given priority access to vacancies at their substantive band. 'Restricted' and 'Open Access' vacancies run simultaneously and restricted applications should be made via the appropriate advert (an 'R' will display next to the Job Title in the advert). 'Restricted' adverts run for a minimum of 7 days.

 

Further Information

Applications are welcome from those interested in a job share opportunity.

We are an equal opportunities employer

Flexible working is very important to the Trust in both the provision of this to staff and also in staff supporting the provision of our services.

For information explaining how we use your information in line with GDPR please see our ‘Guidance for applicants’ document under the section ‘Additional documentation’.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to discharging its statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults and will support staff to fulfil this duty.

Important Information

 By applying for this post you are agreeing to Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record system.

For further information explaining how we use your information in line with GDPR please see our ‘Guidance for applicants’ document.

To keep informed of latest Trust vacancies, news and events, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook (@WCHCJobs)

Closing Dates: The Trust reserves the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received.

Reference Information: Please ensure your application is submitted with referees who can verify your employment/education history over the last three years and include valid business email addresses for them. The Trust will not accept personal references from friends or family.

Salary Expectations: The Trust pays staff in line with national NHS Terms and Conditions. Relevant experience may be considered when salary offers are made.

Further Information: WCHC is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of disability, age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, maternity/pregnancy, marriage/civil partnership or transgender status.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to discharging its statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults and will support staff to fulfil this duty.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed