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Social Worker

  • Employer: Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salary: £31,365 - £37,890 per annum
  • Location: Millennium Centre, Wallasey
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours/Full Time
  • Hours: 37.50 hours.
  • DBS Check: No
  • Closing Date: 24/05/2022 at 23:55
  • Reference: CWPNHS/22/194876

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside.

We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

Situated near two thriving cities in Liverpool and Manchester, CWP operates from 66 sites across Cheshire and Merseyside, including Wirral, Chester, Winsford, Crewe, Macclesfield, Sefton and Trafford.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running and committed to delivering person centred care.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated CWP as ‘Good’ overall, ‘better’ for treatments and ‘Outstanding’ for care.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you. 

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care.

Visit our ‘Working for us’ pages at www.cwp.nhs.uk to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

Job overview

 

The All Age Disability Service is a social care staff group that transferred to the NHS as part of Health and Social Care Integration Agenda.  A number of opportunities have arisen in our services

Are you a qualified social worker and registered with Social Work England and looking for a new opportunity?  We have vacancies working within children with disabilities teams based at the Millennium Centre in Leasowe, Wirral.

Our teams work with children with severe learning disabilities and complex disabilities to support them, and their carers, to achieve their outcomes.  CWP is at the forefront of health and social care integration and this service lends itself to developing new, innovative ways of working together. 

 

Main duties of the job

 

Within the CWD Teams you will be undertaking single assessments and working with children and young people with complex disabilities through Child in Need, Child Protection and Children who are looked after. You will be a child centred practitioner and will complete support plans, mental capacity assessments, be involved in court work and take the lead on safeguarding enquiries.  Experience of working with people with complex needs is desirable but what is crucial is a genuine wish to work collaboratively with children and young people to meet their goals and aspirations. A good understanding of asset and strength based approaches to assessment and support planning is vital. In return we can offer you a clear career progression framework with a range of training opportunities. 

You must be a qualified social worker and be registered with Social Work England. 

Experience of transition work young people would be of benefit.

 

Working for our organisation

 

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care – including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff “recommending CWP as a place to work” in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool – and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone.  We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.  We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment, which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours which are ‘the 6 Cs’ Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment.  A ‘Guide to completing your application form’ can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer ‘YES’ to the question: ‘Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?’ Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community.  Please answer YES’ to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person specification

Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work; DipSW or equivalent.
  • Be registered with the HCPC and able to evidence this
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in line with PCF
  • Required to undertake the practice educator award
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant postqualifying/vocati onal training courses.

Knowledge and Expertise

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate practice which supports the core principles of the College of Social Work and Families and Wellbeing Directorate.
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to the Service Area e.g. Children and Families: Children Act 1989, 2004 Children and families Act 2014 Leaving care Act 2000; Carers (Recognition of Services) Act 1995; Children and Adoption Act 2002, 2006 Adults: Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and/or the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) Disability Discrimination Act 1995; Care Act 2014; Safeguarding
  • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection requirements.
  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing with a range of people including families and professionals
  • Able to demonstrate organisational skills.
  • Awareness of current practice issues and challenges facing Social Workers
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Able to work with individuals, families, carers/carer groups, irrespective of their circumstances and background
  • Must be willing to move across teams according to the needs of the service.
  • An understanding of and an ability to deliver excellent customer service and to work
  • in partnership with individuals, families, carers/carer groups, colleagues in the council and partner agencies.
  • Sound assessment and interviewing skills.
  • Demonstrate appropriate IT skills e.g. use of Microsoft Office etc
Desirable criteria
  • Exercise emotional intelligence and demonstrate a developing emotional resiliencein relation to their job role

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Proven experience of working with carers
  • Experience of working with vulnerable individuals and families.
  • Experience of arranging support plans and/or packages of care.
  • Experience of working with partner agencies in a professional capacity.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with carers and families.
  • Experience of arranging packages of care.
  • Experience of working in a Local Authority setting.
  • Working in a multi-agency team.
  • Experience of working with a range of families with different issues and needs.

We are committed to equal opportunities and we welcome applicants from all sections of the community to ensure our workforce is representative of the population we serve.

We support anyone with a disability thinking about applying for a job at CWP. If you need help at any stage, please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100. Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer ‘YES’ to the question: ‘Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?’

Please note, external applicants will be required to pay for their Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS). Enhanced Disclosure costs £40. Standard Disclosure is £23. Administration fee is £3.50. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.  Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

If the role you are successful for requires a DBS check, you are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached “Update Service Applicant Guide” document for further information.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

We offer Voluntary Living Wage.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties applying for this post please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

 

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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.

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This vacancy is now closed