Senior Social Worker Practitioner
Job summary and Responsibilities
With us, you can achieve more - for yourself as well as those you work to support.
We'll give you the tools and resources you need to enable vulnerable adults to live healthily and independently. And, as you continue to grow your expertise, you'll play a key role in the development of our Adult Services.
West Essex is unique as it borders London boroughs, Hertfordshire , Cambridgeshire and has close links to NHS partners in the area. This offers the opportunity for those joining us in West Essex to be involved in initiatives that run across authorities and organisations. With close proximity to bordering counties and North East London the area is ideal for those that want to commute into Essex.
About the role
Managing your own complex caseload, as well as supporting colleagues with theirs, you'll be a source of specialist advice and enable the mitigation of high levels of risk. You'll also bring your professional expertise to contribute to the development of practice standards and our four key principles of prevention, early intervention, enablement and safeguarding.
Your responsibilities will also include:
* Working collaboratively across the Council, with partners and statutory and voluntary agencies, to ensure a joined-up approach.
* Taking part in a range of case conferences, court attendance, meetings and statutory reviews, pro-actively taking the lead when a social care perspective is required.
* Developing a high level of expertise in particular areas of practice, and leading on those areas
Team/s currently recruiting:
Early Intervention Team, this is a great opportunity to join a team focused on preventative approaches to social care moving at a fast pace where your Social work experience can be used to impact vulnerable adults lives often at the point of referral into social care.
Ongoing Support Team, applying your knowledge across complex cases, creating meaningful lives and focusing on long term support, Social Workers play an integral part in this team.
At Essex County Council Adult Services our mission is clear. We want to make the best and most sustainable use of all resources available to the adult, their families and carers. To ensure they have access to information and tools to enable them to live healthily and independently for as long as possible, and to exercise choice and control over their lives. And to ensure the safety, dignity and quality of life for all the adults we work with.
To make sure we achieve our goals, we've transformed our service to be far more proactive. Moving from focusing on long-term care and support, our new model is centred on four key principles - prevention, early intervention, enablement and safeguarding. We're very proud of our service and the work we're doing with all our partners to build community capacity and resilience.
To apply, you should be a qualified social worker with current Social Work England registration or qualified Occupational Therapist with a current HCPC registration.
You'll bring significant experience of social work/occupational therapy, modelling good practice and providing advice and guidance in complex situations. We're also looking for your ability to mentor both newly-qualified and experienced team members. As, as a subject matter expert in relevant professional practice, you should have a comprehensive understanding of current legislation, regulations and guidance.
With experience of chairing meetings involving clients, family members, carers and other multi-agency professionals, we're looking for your ability to develop strong relationships with partner agencies and the local community to provide a supportive framework for vulnerable adults.
You'll also bring:
* Evidence of continuing professional development and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards.
* An in-depth understanding of the financial implications of commissioned care packages.
* The ability to make clear decisions, to highlight and limit potential risks associated with intervention.
This role involves travelling around Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings - sometimes in an emergency. A driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential.
What we offer in return
We'll support you to be to your best, with the resources, training and development to empower you. You can add to your expertise, with a range of opportunities offered by our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy. And, with flexible working options and other lifestyle benefits, we'll enable you to make the most of your life outside work, too.
Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.
Apply now at WorkingForEssex.com
If you have any questions about the role, or working with us, please contact our Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people, as diversity is key to our success.