Team Manager - Older Adults Mental Health - Working for Essex
Salary: £47,405 to £58,727 per annum
Closing date: 31 Jan 2022
Location: Basildon
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 4929
Role: Social Care
About the role

Team Manager - Older Adults Mental Health

Permanent, Full Time

£47,405 to £58,727 per annum

Location: Basildon

Interviews for this position will be held on 16th February.

Applications are welcome from people who have gained knowledge in their role as a Deputy Team Manager, Senior Social Worker or Senior Occupational Therapist with established experience in Adult Social Care.

The Role

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 be able to access information and tools to live healthily and independently. Providing an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of the Council.

The Team Manager leads a social care team, holding them accountable for performance and delivering improvements. Working with the Service Manager, contributing to the development of strategy and ensuring a service which adapts responsively to change.

The Team

The Older Adult Mental Health Team is based in Basildon covering the South of Essex. The role will involve working with adults aged 65 and over living with mental health needs and adults who have early onset dementia and their families. The team cover community and inpatient wards to support with discharges in accordance with the Mental Health Act 1983 and Care Act 2014 principles.

We are seeking an inventive, proactive leader who engages a strengths-based approach to leadership in a multi-disciplinary arena that can at times be challenging but rewarding as you see the team grow in confidence. You will support and manage the team to work with adults, and their families, who have a variety of strengths and complex social needs, to live as independently as they can. You will have experience of making safeguarding personal and positively identify and manage risk with the multi-agency team. You will play an integral role in implementing Essex County Councils early intervention model, promoting choice and control.

This is a neighbourhood focused team that work with Adults and their Carers to optimise independence, choice and control. Occupational Therapists play an integral part in this team. The team promote reablement for people who live with mental health needs and encourage direct payments as a method to achieve better outcomes.

We look forward to the successful applicant applying their knowledge across complex cases, creating meaningful lives, focusing on short- and long-term support.

The working hours are on a condensed 4-day week on a rolling 3 week working pattern covering 8am-6.30pm Mon-Friday or a 5-day week covering Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing leadership and support across a team of professionals to deliver a high-quality service with positive outcomes which enables people to live healthily and independently.
  • Supporting the development of individuals with the team
  • Delivering expertise and professional knowledge to provide advice and guidance for complex cases in line with legislative and organisational standards.
  • Providing an escalation point for complaints and other feedback from service users in accordance with policy, in a way that fosters positive relationships. 
  • Implementing effective approaches to integrated working with partners, communities, and the voluntary sector to achieve successful outcomes for service users.

Please see further information regarding our Adult Social Care teams here.

About us

Essex County Council has been awarded Social Work Employer of the year in the prestigious 2021 Social Worker of the Year Awards.

With us, you can achieve more – for yourself as well as the vulnerable adults you work to support. We’re always looking for new ways to deliver even better services, Occupational Therapists play an integral role in our preventative approach to Social Care. We encourage our multi-disciplinary teams to share their ideas and experience. We work together to get things done.

To find out more about what it’s like working within ECC’s Adult Social Care services, please see a short video here.

About you

You’ll bring strong leadership and behavioural skills, giving you the ability to develop a highly motivated, high-performing professional team to deliver the best solutions for those using our services. We’re also looking for your experience of working in a social care setting, along with the ability to deal with challenging social situations and develop strong relationships with partner agencies and the local community to provide a supportive framework for vulnerable adults.

You’ll also bring:

  • Evidence of continuing professional development and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards.
  • An in-depth understanding of the financial implications of commissioned care packages.
  • Experience of leading change in a complex environment, and ensuring the organisation delivers best practice within financial constraints.
  • The ability to make clear decisions, to highlight and limit potential risks associated with intervention.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a qualified Senior Social Worker or Occupational Therapist role.

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.

In line with government legislation, all colleagues who work in a CQC registered care home or will need to attend such a setting as part of their role must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This role has been deemed in scope of this legislation and therefore to be considered for the role you must confirm on application you are fully vaccinated or will be fully vaccinated by November 11th 2021, or that you are exempt. Evidence of vaccination or exemption will be required as part of the pre-employment checks ECC will undertake on you.

What we offer in return

We’ll support you to be to your best, with the resources, training and development to empower you. You can add to your expertise, with a range of opportunities offered by our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy. And, with flexible working options and other lifestyle benefits, we’ll enable you to make the most of your life outside work, too.

Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.

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Did you know that we’re currently running our Return to Social Care campaign? Our programme is designed specifically for Qualified Social Workers and Occupational Therapists who are looking to return to the workplace after a period of leave. We’ll support you to be to your best, with the resources, training, and development to empower you. You will also be supported by the team with your restoration for SWE or your HCPC. If you’re keen to find out more, please click here.