NQSW / Level 1 Social Worker (Health & Adults)

Greenwich, London (Greater)
£32.418 - £37.722
21 Jun 2021
09 Jul 2021
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time

At the Royal Borough of Greenwich, we are currently embedding our exciting and innovative ‘Forward Thinking’ strategy, as we believe adults should lead as independent and fulfilling lives as possible. To achieve this, we will need to take a strengths based approach to understand our residents’ needs and goals, supporting them to live as independently as possible. We now need talented and motivated social workers to support us with this vision.

These positions are at our entry level roles and depending on your level of experience you will be offered Level 1 Social Worker role, or an NQSW position (allowing you to undertake our Assessed and Supported Year (ASYE) programme).  Following successful completion of the ASYE programme our NQSW become Level 1 Social Workers.

Health and Adult services are particularly proud of their excellent ASYE programme. It is designed to help NQSWs develop their skills, knowledge and capability, and strengthen their professional confidence. It provides access to regular and focused support during the first year of employment in social work.

You will benefit from excellent support from a manager and a mentor. In addition to this, Greenwich have commissioned an external consultant to lead teaching and support workshops alongside robust external moderation to ensure high standards of practice.

The ASYE programme offers:

  • Regular reflective supervision
  • Workload management: 90% of an experienced social workers workload
  • Professional development plan
  • Protected development time (10%)
  • Professional Educator support
  • A number of support workshops will take place over the year. These workshops will have an action learning format so that NQSWs can work on live issues. The workshops will also assist with preparation for completion of the evidence folder by providing support and reflection on experience and learning in relation to the PCF and KSS frameworks.

Our employees enjoy being part of Royal Greenwich, Health and Adult services and highly value the organisation’s supportive culture and leadership.

We pride ourselves on our:

  • Supportive Managers – we highly value the supportive relationships between   managers and colleagues.
  • Manageable caseloads -  we also value having manageable caseloads meaning we have time to develop professional relationships with service users and provide a high quality service to our service users.
  • CPD opportunities - we value our staff and want to invest in their future. Employees have access to CPD opportunities which can lead to progression through the service.
  • A stable workforce - people like working for Royal Greenwich and want to stay.
  • Employee job satisfaction – our person centred approach means that our employees get more job satisfaction by enabling them to work alongside service users in an outcome focused way, using strengths based, person centred and evidenced based practice.
  • South East London Teaching Partnership and other HEI’s  - Royal Greenwich has  shown strong leadership within the Teaching Partnership with Goldsmiths. We also work closely with Goldsmiths and Greenwich University to enhance the link between theory and practice and academic learning.
  • Strong Links between the NHS, Oxleas NHS Trust and Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group – We have several integrated teams within Health and Adult Services which enables multidisciplinary working.

We have opportunities for Level 1 Social Workers or NQSW’s to join the teams below:

  • Reviewing Team
  • Community Learning Disability Team
  • Complex Care Team
  • Community Rehabilitation and Short Term Assessment Team
  • Community Assessment and Intervention Team

We would especially welcome applications from Deaf social workers or those who have experience of working with the Deaf community with BSL skills.

Benefits include:

  • Rota days equating to an additional 10 days off per year
  • Travel costs worth £1k+, OR Essential car user car parking (close to the workplace)
  • Agile working
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Greenwich Card entitling you to discounts at local businesses.
  • Good range of support for NQSWs including from a Professional Educator

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is an exciting and vibrant London Borough. It is home to the Meridian Line, Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum, and the Old Royal Naval College including the fabulous Painted Hall, London’s cable car, Greenwich Market, Greenwich Park and The O2 arena. Greenwich has an abundance of green open spaces for recreational purposes and offers some of the cheapest and affordable housing in London.

The borough has excellent transport links, the DLR, Thames Clipper, London Overground and the Elizabeth Line. Greenwich’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is treasured by those who live and work here.

The main council offices are in Woolwich, which are in the centre of the borough. Woolwich is an area of extensive regeneration including the Woolwich Creative District.  All the above positions are either in or in the vicinity of Woolwich, which has excellent transport links and all the amenities of a shopping area.

Closing Date

9th July 2021

Interview Dates

26th, 27th, 28th July 2021

If you like the sound of working in a stimulating and vibrant environment , please apply below or get in touch with us today by calling  Dawn Williams 0208 921 5075 Mobile 07999101437 or Lisette Wybourn 07999 10143

If you are a NQSW, please also complete your supporting statement against the Level 1 Social Worker person specification.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dawn Williams;    Dawn.Williams@royalgreenwich.gov.uk     0208 921 5075  

If you require any assistance in viewing or accessing this opportunity, please contact recruitment@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call 020-8921-8977

Safer recruitment: Royal Borough of Greenwich is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any roles which involve working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, or roles in which the duties will involve access to sensitive information relating to children, young people or vulnerable adults, the Royal Borough will take up references prior to interview. You should provide details of referees including your current and previous employers, covering the last 5 years. Candidates can request for us not to send a reference request to their current employer prior to interview by emailing us at recruitment@royalgreenwich.gov.uk. As part of our Safer Recruitment Policy, a full employment history is also required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment. Unless otherwise stated, a Basic DBS check will be undertaken as part of the pre-employment checks for successful candidates.

Diversity Statement: Royal Borough of Greenwich values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

High Volume Applications: Royal Borough of Greenwich reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a high volume of applications received.

DBS: This role requires an Enhanced DBS. (This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act,1974)

Advert Close: All vacancies close at midnight unless otherwise stated

Full Employment History: A full employment history is required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment.

How Applications are Scored: Each application is scored according to how well the supporting statement addresses each point on the Person Specification for the role. Candidates will be short-listed for interview on the extent to which they meet the specific points within the Person Specification. The Person Specification is supplied with the job advert. When completing your application, please use the supporting statement section to tell us how you meet each of the points on the Person Specification. We need to have this information in order to consider your application. If you have a disability and are unable to meet some of the job requirements specifically because of your disability, please address this in your application. If you meet all the other criteria, you will be shortlisted and we will explore jointly with you if there are ways in which the job can be changed to enable you to meet the requirements.

Interview Arrangements: During this time, our priority for all of our recruitment activity is to make sure our applicants, hiring departments and new starters are informed, safe and supported. Careful and thorough consideration will be given to interview arrangements and for any essential in-person recruitment, we will ensure this is held in a suitable, secure setting with additional arrangements to ensure any current safety requirements are fully adhered to.

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