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Senior Social Worker - Learning Disability Partnership

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the role

Due to internal progression the South Learning Disability Partnership Team have an exciting  permanent opportunity for a Senior Social Worker based at Sunley House in Papworth Everard.  The role is hybrid with a mix of office and home working. The role is advertised as full time (37 hours) but we would be willing to consider a small reduction in hours to a minimum of 30 hours.

The Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership (LDP) brings together specialist health and social care services for people with a learning disability. The LDP is responsible for commissioning and providing these services on behalf of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and Cambridgeshire County Council.

If you would like to expand your knowledge and skills by gaining experience of working with adults with learning disabilities within the Learning Disability Partnership please contact Nathalie on 01223 699263. Alternatively, you can email us on or visit our website for more information.

Interviews will be held in person on week commencing 20th November 2023.

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

What will you be doing?

We depend on our Senior Social Workers to provide crucial leadership in our most challenging cases, setting clear examples for less experienced members of the team. You’ll be an exemplar of the high standards that we expect in every case, ensuring that every service user’s needs are met with proactive and personalised care.

Effective assessment and support planning in complex cases are crucial and it will be up to you to take the lead in these situations. Liaising with colleagues and third parties to ensure that appropriate and effective action is taken. It will be up to you to monitor and evaluate the support provided to service users, continually looking for ways to innovate in terms of care delivery, where it benefits the service user.

Your leadership role will also include supervising the practice and performance of social workers and adult support co-ordinators in the team. Using your experience, you be a creative coach in supervision, enable practice improvements and provide valuable feedback through staff appraisal.

As you’ll be working with adults, both those in need of care and support services, along with their informal carers, it will be crucial that you work in partnership with them in order to establish needs and ensure they are met.

This isn’t just about delivering care, it’s about providing service users with choice and control of their lives and empowering independence.

About you

We are looking for applicants who have a Social Work qualification and are at least 2 years post completion of the ASYE programme. Experience of providing line management support, Making Safeguarding Personal investigations, completing complex case work, including Court of Protection Deprivation of Liberty applications, and experience of using Mosaic database would be desirable. You will also be required to work autonomously as well as supporting other team member as part of multi-disciplinary working with health and social care colleagues.

For a full list of the requirements of the role, please check out the Job Description & Person Specification.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:

  • Flexible working
  • Flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network.
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme

For our Social Workers, we offer more specific benefits like:

  • Generous annual leave provision (28 days, plus bank holidays)
  • supportive management team that will champion your learning and development
  • Employee Assistance Programme – access to free support 24 hours a day
  • Payment for business mileage expenses (45p per mile)
  • Scalable retention payments to loyal social workers in specific teams after the first full year of employment, starting at £900 which increases during the first three years of service
  • pay progression scheme to enable our Social Workers to accelerate through the pay grade as you gain experience and skills.
  • relocation package of up to £8000 for eligible candidates
  • Plus, 6 days of protected time each year to enable our Social Workers to maintain their Continuous Professional Development

Please read our benefits brochure attached for more information.

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch. 

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