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An exciting opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic Social Workers to join the new and innovative Eastern Home First Hub Team within the Eastern Locality to embed Discharge to Assess (D2A) and the NHSE Hospital Discharge Service Policy & Operating Model.
Norfolk County Council are on an ambitious journey to embed Discharge to Assess as part of our Ageing Well Accelerator programme. We have already made great strides over the last few years and now need to take forward further rapid redesign in line with national policy and quality improvements to ensure adults being discharged from the James Paget University Hospital and community short term placements, are supported to return home, access reablement opportunities and plan their ongoing care and support needs once discharged.
The Homefirst Team are working towards an integrated care system, alongside Eastern Locality Primary Care Hubs and Occupational Therapists. The team provides inreach support with the Acute Hospital as well as transfers of care within the Virtual Homefirst Hub with our partners, providing Care Act Assessments, Carers Assessments and reviews. With integrated working, you’ll enjoy variety in your day and the opportunity to build strong working relationships with professionals across the county council, NHS and other partners. You must be committed to working with community health care colleagues and the broader community, recognising the contribution each can make in facilitating good outcomes for those we work with.
At the core of everything we do is excellent social work. Our ‘Living well’ approach is person-centered, based around a 3-conversation model, which lets our social workers get alongside people to help them live their lives as independently as possible, and where they can see the difference they make. And our superb support culture means social workers can really thrive, with help, advice and support on hand when needed from managers, and great opportunities for career development, wherever you are on your social work journey.
We’ve made some forward-thinking changes to make Norfolk County Council an even better place for our social workers to work. We’ve embraced new ways of working so our social workers can take advantage of great technology and work where they need to. You’ll manage your own diary with the autonomy to decide on in person visits, and we offer flexible remote working with office access and homeworking as your base.
We actively encourage professional development, and if you’re a newly qualified social worker, we’ll support you to complete your ASYE.
If you’re a qualified Social Worker and interested in working in our friendly team, we’d love to hear from you.
Who are we?
Integrated Community Teams Care incorporating Older People and People with Physical Disabilities
Our teams work with older people and adults with a physical disability. Our teams of social workers, assistant practitioners, Occupational Therapists and reablement staff from Norfolk First Response work across all five localities. In the east we work closely with colleagues from East Coast Community Health Care. Our senior management teams are made up of Operational Directors and Heads of Integrated Care who either work for Norfolk County Council or Norfolk Community Health & Care (NCHC). It’s a really integrated environment.
We work as part of the Integrated Care System and are also aligned to Primary Care Networks which means the integrated team structures benefits hugely from great collaboration with primary care colleagues. Our teams are strong voices for social care and social work within our integrated model and ethos of prevent, reduce and delay. The teams promote a supportive and learning culture with reflective practice and other learning opportunities such as practice teaching and social work apprenticeships encouraged.
We also have an Integrated Home First Hub of integrated health and social care staff which facilitates discharges from hospital. Our dedicated team facilitates discharges from Norfolk acute, mental health and community hospitals. We are also part of the Norfolk Emergency and Admission Avoidance Team (NEAT) which is an integrated team with health colleagues to prevent admissions to hospital.
What we offer
At Norfolk County Council we are committed to our employees’ learning and development. We offer all Social Workers and Occupational Therapists a protected half day per month for continuing professional development and training.
We want our people to be inspired and motivated to work well together, make the most of our workspaces, enjoy a healthy work-life balance, and deliver excellent services to Norfolk and its people. Flexibility is built into the way we work, with hybrid working a key feature for many roles. Our technology platform and equipment are first class, enabling you to connect and collaborate remotely. We ask that you have in place good Broadband connectivity.
We operate a talent pool scheme whereby candidates who are not successful on this occasion may be considered for a period of up to 3 months for equal positions.
You can also find out about the rewards and benefits we offer as well as our other terms and conditions.
Parts of both Norfolk and Suffolk combine to make up this locality. Large swathes of the Broads National Park run from north to south, with windmills dotting the skyline and huge beaches forming the coastline, including the seaside towns of Hemsby, Caister-on-Sea and Southwold. Inland, Beccles and Bungay are beautiful historic market towns.
The largest Norfolk town in this locality is the popular seaside resort, market town and maritime port of Great Yarmouth, 21 miles east of Norwich and easily accessible by road or rail. Lowestoft in Suffolk is the most easterly town in England, 28 miles from Norwich. It is also a seaside resort, market town and maritime port with direct rail access to Norwich and also to London via Ipswich.
Michaela Hewitt, Assistant Director East said: “ You will be greeted with support and friendliness by our team who take pride in their work within the community, our work is diverse, and covers beach resorts, towns, several villages and some quite rural areas. Our work at times can be challenging, but more importantly it is rewarding to see the changes we can make to a person’s wellbeing and quality of life. This is often achieved by working together with the supportive networking within our communities. We are a strong, resilient, dedicated team, who care about the people we support. We are a friendly, supportive, professional dynamic and proactive team with a diverse experienced skill set, who pull together and offer good learning opportunities
Please ensure you include a statement in your application to demonstrate why you feel you meet the person specification and job description for this post. CVs submitted without a supporting statement about this post will not be accepted. You need to be registered with Social Work England as a practising social worker.
For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy please contact Team Manager Amanda Blake 01603 222024.
Before you apply see the full job description and person specification in the below link – this will help you to shape your application to demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the role.
Job Description and Person Specification
Closing date: 09/09/2022 at 23:59
We provide a high quality service through involving people who use our services to shape and comment on them and by promoting efficiency and innovation.
We work in partnership with local businesses, voluntary organizations and other local authorities such as District and Parish Councils to provide the people of Norfolk with excellent services.
CSCT Social Worker:
Our vision for the service is that children and young people are safe, can overcome difficulties and can form secure relationships through their childhood and into their adulthood.
Islington Children’s Social Care were rated Outstanding by OFSTED in March 2020 with the following feedback about the front door:
“Thresholds between early help and social care are well understood and applied appropriately. Escalating risk or need is recognised and results in timely referrals to children’s social care, followed by a swift response. Since the last inspection, the local authority has introduced the co-location of highly experienced and dedicated early help and mental health practitioners in the children’s services contact team. This is a significant strength and results in early signposting to specialist services to meet children’s needs.
Timely communication with the police and other professionals within the multiagency safeguarding hub (MASH) and external partners results in prompt help and protection for children…..”
We have transformed the way we offer help by using Motivational Practice (MP) alongside Trauma Informed Practice as a foundational approach to practice.
The Children’s Service Contact Team is Islington’s single point of contact for all new referrals for both Children’s Social Care and the various Targeted Services. It is integral to Islington’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and some MASH partners are co-located with the team.
From September 2019 referrals to Social, Emotional and Mental Health Services for Children and Young People will also be directed through the CSCT front door.
As a social worker in the team, you will be responsible for making evidence-based threshold decisions in line with the local policy and Pan-London Child Protection Procedures, as well as other relevant guidance, legislation and research. In this context, you will be responsible for ensuring every child’s needs and any risk factors are meaningfully considered by gathering relevant and proportionate information to inform decision making, including undertaking MASH checks within agreed timescales.
Your role will also include taking telephone calls from professionals and members of the public, including urgent child protection referrals, and signposting to other services where appropriate. A strong focus on improving outcomes for children and young people is essential.
The team works closely to deliver high quality responses to incoming contacts within statutory timescales with the aim of achieving ‘right service first time’ for children and families, engaging the family’s natural supports wherever possible.
Contributing to the safeguarding of children takes dedication, hard work and professionalism.
In return we offer:
- Comprehensive training opportunities, which include Motivational Interviewing.
- Regular and reflective supervision
- Eligible for Zone 1&2 Travelcard and Retention bonus
**We are unable to consider applications from newly qualified social workers for this role.**
Closing date: Sunday 4th September 2022 at 23:59
Proposed Testing and Role Play Date: w/c Monday 12th September 2022
Proposed Panel Interview Date: w/c Monday 19th September 2022
If you require any further information in relation to this post, please contact Maggie Kalitowski on 0207 527 7400 for an informal discussion.
As a child and family social worker in the team, you will be responsible for making evidence-based threshold decisions in line with the local policy and Pan-London Child Protection Procedures, as well as other relevant guidance, legislation and research.
In this context, you will be responsible for ensuring every child’s needs and any risk factors are meaningfully considered by gathering relevant and proportionate information to inform decision making, including undertaking MASH checks within agreed timescales. Your role will also include taking telephone calls from professionals and members of the public, including urgent child protection referrals, and signposting to other services where appropriate. A strong focus on improving outcomes for children and young people is essential.
In order to achieve good outcomes for children and their families, Children’s Services Contact Team (CSCT) social workers are responsible for the following:
- Making transparent, evidence based threshold recommendations on incoming contacts
- Ensuring wherever possible that information is collected, recommendations are made and actions taken within agreed timescales and according to the level of risk identified
- Undertaking further enquiries, including MASH checks, on cases where threshold is not clearly met at the outset and to recommend the appropriate level of service to offer children and families within the specified timeframes of the MASH
- Ensuring that when information is shared within MASH on a confidential basis, that the agreed process is followed to make sure that access to the information is restricted to MASH professionals
- Ensuring that issues of consent are appropriately considered within all aspects of work
- Recording work concisely and accurately on the Early Help Module IT system within agreed time frames
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Taking referrals and giving advice to members of the public and professionals making contact with CSCT
- Ensuring that the referrers and contributing agencies are kept informed of progress and of the referral outcome
- Developing and maintaining knowledge of local services and signposting members of the public and professionals to other appropriate services effectively and appropriately
- Working positively with professionals from partner agencies, including those co-located in CSCT and MASH, in a way that promotes multi-agency collaborative working, mutual respect and professional behaviour
- Undertaking relevant training and other practice development activity to maintain accurate up to date knowledge and skills in accordance with relevant legislation, statutory guidance, policies, procedures and research
- Assisting with and promoting the development of CSCT in response to departmental and legislative changes, service needs and/or practice requirements
- Proactively participating in supervision sessions and team meetings
- Achieving personal appraisal targets
- Imparting relevant information gained from any training courses at team meetings
- Undertaking all other duties commensurate to the grade of the post
ADDITIONAL: The post-holder is also expected to:
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct of Social Work England
- Commit to the Council’s core values of public service, quality, equality and empowerment and to demonstrate this commitment in the way they carry out their duties
- Ensure that duties are undertaken with due regard and compliance with the Data Protection Act and other legislation
- Carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Council’s Health and Safety Policy and relevant Health and Safety legislation
- Carry out responsibilities/duties within the framework of the Council’s Dignity for All Policy
An opportunity has arisen for a qualified Social worker to join our friendly supportive team in the Hastings and Rother Neighbourhood support team which works with adults across the whole of Hastings and Rother area. We are looking for a committed person who is able to work autonomously and as part of the team. We will provide a good level of support and supervision and promote your development as a qualified worker. The work can be complex and fast paced and an ability to prioritise and manage a caseload and maintain throughput is an essential part of our work. As per the job description the role includes:
- To undertake a range of tasks which could include investigation of adult safeguarding issues, carrying out assessments of need, analysis and planning, assessing and managing risk, commissioning support and reviewing, participating in court proceedings.
- To identify and appropriately report children and adult safeguarding concerns, liaising with key agencies to gather information and acting as Investigating Officer as delegated.
- To work with a range of legal interventions and departmental policies and procedures to support outcome-based planning for adults.
- To work directly with adults in need, carers, families and their communities to support people to make informed decisions and choices, empowering them to express needs and participate in the decision-making process.
- To work with partner agencies and adults in need and their carers and families to enable them to build networks of community support and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
- To maintain good case recording and present reports to panels and in court as appropriate.
- To contribute to the learning of social work students, newly qualified social workers and other team members, for example through group supervisions and mentoring.
- To evidence ongoing commitment to continuous professional development and undertake relevant training in line with the Professional Capability Framework.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.
- Job reference
- Hastings and Rother
- £33,725 to £39,288
- Closing date
- 11 September 2022
- East Sussex County Council
- Adult Social Care and Health
- Contract type
- Work pattern
- Full Time
- Job type
- Social Work – Adults
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