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Senior Social Worker / Senior Occupational Therapist

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Chelmsford
£43477 - £52302 per annum
Closing date
18 Dec 2023

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Please note this is a fixed term/secondment opportunity for a period of 12 months.

As a Senior Social Worker / Senior Occupational Therapist on the Service Improvement Team, you provide support to the Adult Leadership Team across ASC to ensure teams are ready for our new quality assurance duties and will lead on service wide initiatives. You will be a champion for best practice and an advocate for change. You will work collaboratively using a strength-based approach with teams across Adult Social Care to deliver quality improvement and assurance activity in readiness for the CQC inspection.

The Opportunity

ECC Adult Social Care, through effective practice, is moving towards a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care support, to a model with four key principles: - prevention; early intervention; enablement and safeguarding.

This will enable people, their families and carers to access information and tools, live healthily and independently and for our function an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of the Council.

Senior social workers are passionate in demonstrating expert and effective practice ability in complex situations. Managing a caseload and supporting colleagues with complex cases, with an ability to mitigate high levels of risk. Working collaboratively with statutory and non-statutory/voluntary agencies ensuring a joined up approach.

Significant experience of social work or occupational therapy, modelling good practice and providing expert advice and guidance is essential in this role.

In summary you will:

  • Work within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached in line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2015 (e.g MCA/DoLS/CHC assessments etc).
  • Provide a source of specialist advice and professional expertise that will contribute to the development of practice standards.
  • Contribute or lead on projects, maintaining accurate and timely data reports and presentations as required.
  • Participate in a range of focus groups, meetings, conferences and pro-actively taking a lead when a social care perspective is required.
  • Evaluate performance and evidence outcome measurements or indicators and use these to inform future direction and ensure compliance with policies and all external and internal regulation linking with ASC services.
  • Develop an evidence base of insight gained from lived experience and coproduction activities across Adult Social Care and produce regular reports with the insight gained as and when required.
  • Build strong effective working relationships across the Council, with partners and members of voluntary agencies.
  • Contribute to the delivery of high-level expertise in particular areas of practice and lead on those areas, contributing to the development of a lean and agile system that is responsive to the needs of the people in receipt of services.
  • About you

    To apply, you should be a qualified Social Worker or Occupational Therapist with current professional registration. You will have significant experience of social work / occupational therapy, demonstrating a comprehensive, up to date understanding of all relevant legislation, regulations, guidance and how to generate the conditions of success and culture in line with the Essex approach to social care.

    With experience of working in a fast-paced team, you will be able to use initiative and judgement and sound decision-making skills in providing quality assurance to the work undertaken for customers. You'll be an effective communicator with the ability to build good relationships with a range of colleagues and stakeholders; assertive in communications with the ability to persuade, influence and negotiate effectively.

    You'll also bring:

  • Experience of leading change in a complex environment, and ensuring the organisation delivers best practice within financial constraints.
  • Proven ability to work flexibly, be proactive and able to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Understanding of the financial implications to Social Care
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with partners, other agencies, and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and vulnerable adults.
  • Experience of working with data, analysing, and compiling reports of quality standards.
  • This role involves travelling around Essex and beyond. 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 your best…

  • Training and development to empower you from our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy.
  • With us you can make your career work for you with flexible working options
  • With us you can get the support you need with employee wellbeing and counselling
  • Lease Car scheme and free parking
  • Up to £8000 for relocation *
  • With us you can have peace of mind with life assurance of three times annual salary
  • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
  • Local Government Pension Scheme. View Key Facts and FAQ's about the LGPS.
  • Volunteering leave
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with service
  • Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.

    *T&Cs Apply.

    Apply now.

    For more information visit our Adult Social Care Brochure or contact

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