Social Worker - Physical & Sensory Impairments
Fixed Term, Full Time
From £32,787 to £44,826 per annum
Location: Clacton on Sea
Working Style: Community-based worker
Closing Date: 29th January 2023
Please note that this is a fixed term contract/secondment opportunity for a period of 12 months.
The North Essex Physical and Sensory Impairments Team cover the Colchester and Tendring Districts, with team members having the option of being based in either district whilst covering the whole operational area. We support people from eighteen years old with a wide range of conditions and difficulties including (but not exclusively): Acquired Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke (CVA), Huntingdon’s Disease and Fibromyalgia. The team is made up of social workers, a specialist sensory social worker, Occupational Therapists and Community Support Workers.
Social Workers in the North Essex Physical and Sensory Impairments Team support people with a variety of complex physical health difficulties, including neurological conditions and sensory issues. They co-work with adults, families, NHS colleagues, Housing, Mental Health, and provider services to improve people’s lives and wellbeing. They always encourage adults to be as independent as possible through focussed support.
With experience our social workers become subject matter experts around physical disabilities for colleagues within the team and in the other adult social care teams in North Essex. We welcome social workers both with experience of working with people with physical health difficulties and those who have a passion to learn.
- Assess complex social care needs and provide support to vulnerable adults, which enable them to live healthily and independently.
- Develop support plans that gain commitment to solutions that drive the care required for everyone’s needs.
- Accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached
- Work collaboratively building effective relationships with internal and external partnerships and stakeholders, and the voluntary sector to assist children and vulnerable people in gaining support for inclusivity from within the community.
- Accountable for conducting assessments and plan responses to safeguard a child or vulnerable adult include intervention as required.
- Develop a client centric approach which enables early intervention and prevention and increases independence.
- Pro-actively influences in a range of planning, decision making and case discussions inter-agency.
- Work with families, communities, and individuals to help people age well supporting the Council’s wider strategic aims.
- Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
The Experience You Will Bring
- Educated to degree level i.e., Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent. Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered social worker
- Evidence of continuing professional development and demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g., professional capability framework, knowledge, and skills statement.
- Experience within a social care setting with evidence of challenging social and family situations.
- Strong communication skills and an ability to develop a rapport and engage with diverse groups of individuals.
- Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies, and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and vulnerable adults.
- Understand the financial implications of care packages commissioned
- Evidence of clear decision making to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.
To read more about us please visit: Adult Social Care
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.
Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.
We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.
What you should do next
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.
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