At West Sussex County Council we are working to transform Adults' Services by embracing a strengths-based approach and working towards a model that supports local communities and economies.
Our focus is on prevention and reablement, supporting family and friend carers, and helping people maintain their independence and autonomy. Our approach will move away from traditional types of support, towards solutions that work with people to keep them independent for longer and living in their own home and community.
Our social workers change lives, and we know how challenging the role of a social worker can be, and we recognise that to achieve excellent outcomes for our residents, our staff need to feel supported and have opportunities to develop.
The current Covid pandemic has been a challenging time for all, but WSCC Adult Services has responded strongly to the situation working closely with our health partners to facilitate hospital discharges and undertake Health and Social Care assessments with people in the community and residential settings. The creative use of technology has been a key factor to enable us to continue to undertake our statutory assessment and review duties and participate in virtual multi-disciplinary meetings with health and other partner agencies.
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About The Job
Salary: Social Worker £29,577 to £32,234 OR Senior Social Worker £32,910 to £35,745
Working Pattern: Full time and part time available
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: County Wide - Primarily home working during Covid
We are currently looking for enthusiastic and dedicated qualified Social Workers and Senior Social Workers to join our Adult Community, Hospital and Older People's Mental Health Teams across the county.
To be successful you will possess the ability to communicate effectively, use your own initiative where appropriate in a context of good support and supervision, have compassion and empathy to support individuals who need and use our services, and be able to manage your own health and well-being due to the emotional demands of the role. You will have a good theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of social work, and a good understanding of the necessity of working with partnership agencies including health, housing, education and statutory, voluntary and independent agencies.
Adult Community Teams - Locations: Horsham, Worthing, Bognor Regis
The Adult Community Teams work with people who have experienced cognitive and / or physical disabilities over the age of 25 and primarily with older people. The strengths-based approach is embedded within the service to work with individuals to explore their networks of support in the local community and maximise independence.
The teams have excellent working relationships with health colleagues through the proactive care initiative, where social work representatives regularly factor into local GP surgery multi-disciplinary meetings. Social Workers have a varied workload which includes assessments, reviews, safeguarding enquiries and mental capacity act assessments.
Hospital Teams - Locations: East Surrey, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Brighton and Worthing
Our busy Hospital Teams support adults across a range of ages with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, chronic health conditions, older people and people with dementia. The social workers have fostered excellent working relationships with the multi-disciplinary teams in the hospitals to ensure that people have the most appropriate support when discharged.
The Covid 19 Pandemic has been challenging for our NHS services and the hospital social work teams have been part of a system wide response with more integrated working and the implementation of a discharge to assess model.
Older People's Mental Health Teams - Locations: Horsham, Shoreham, Worthing, Bognor Regis
The Older People's Mental Health Team is a specialist service working with people over the age of 65 who have complex mental health needs. A number of the Social Workers are Approved Mental Health Practitioners and the team work closely with the Dementia Crisis Services and specialist psychiatric wards.
Social Workers utilise their skills to work with customers on a longer-term basis, building relationships where there may be difficulties with engagement, or complexities around the impact of mental disorder. Challenging discrimination and empowering older people to have more autonomy in their lives.
Rewards and Benefits
Our progression pathways allow individual social workers to choose their own career path, so they can make the most of their experience while working in West Sussex.
All of our Social Workers are provided with the opportunity to progress from qualified Social Worker to Senior Social Worker through a portfolio route, and are provided with a framework of support, workshops and assessment in order to achieve this.
We value our social work staff and have a track record of supporting further progression to senior practitioner and management roles, providing a management development programme to support this.
The learning and development offer for Social Workers includes a comprehensive programme of internal and external opportunities. Tracy Davis, Principal Social Worker for Adults' Services says, "We want West Sussex to support social workers to reach their full potential, to encourage them to progress and develop. If social workers feel supported and have the right level of development for them, then their experience of working in West Sussex is more likely to be both rewarding and fulfilling."
We also support practitioners to qualify as approved mental health professionals, best interest assessors or practice educators, all of which are accredited and count towards Post Graduate qualification. This means that there is the opportunity to develop within both specialist and non-specialist routes.
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:
- 26 - 29 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually.
- Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme.
- A range of flexible working options.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE02954 .
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Andrew Parkes, Operations Manager on 03302 222 995. For issues or queries regarding your application please contact .
To apply, please upload your CV and a cover letter explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the roles as outlined in the below job descriptions. Please also express which team you are applying for in your cover letter. Please ensure that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV and that you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to Social Worker England registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.
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