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Senior Social Worker - Prevention and Early Intervention Assessment Team

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

About the role

An exciting, full time, permanent opportunity has arisen within the fast paced, Countywide Assessment Team for a qualified Senior Social Worker.

The Assessment Team complete Care Act Assessments and Care and Support Plans for anyone over the age of 18, who is seeking support or social care following a period of Reablement. They also support unpaid carers through assessment and support planning.

There are multiple office locations around Cambridgeshire to choose from for this role including Signet Court (Cambridge), Hinchingbrooke Hospital (Huntingdon), Princess of Wales Hospital (Ely) and Hereward Hall (March).  This can be discussed at interview.  The role is hybrid with 2-3 days a week in the office and the others working from home or on visits.

As part of the wider Prevention and Early Intervention Team, we work closely to assist colleagues within the service to deliver the best outcomes for our service users. Our Social Workers mentor Reablement leads and are crucial to the duty function within the team.

The team is made up of Social Workers and Adult Support Coordinators from a variety of backgrounds. The team offer support to individuals and also to families and carers. The team work closely to support and share information on prevention services across the county.

As a council, Cambridgeshire will support individuals to look at their individual learning outcomes and offer a wide range of training and apprenticeships.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Nathalie Watkins on 01223 699263 or email 

Interviews will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams week commencing 11th December 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?

You'll be working with individuals and their informal carers to complete Care Act assessments, care and support plans, community action plans and carers assessments, alongside having a role in Safeguarding and considering capacity.

Inquisitive and creative practice is embraced, to allow for personalised solutions, taking into account wider community resources and organisations. The work will be ensuring early and safe discharge from Preventative services, working closely with social care and health colleagues to ensure correct discharge plans are in place.

As a Senior Social Worker, you will have line management responsibilities for both Social Workers and Adult Support Coordinators. You will also take a lead on quality assuring all work and will have budgetary responsibilities. Another key part of the role is to embed new processes and learning within the team and wider service to ensure that we are responsive to needs and feedback. We are proud of the learning environment that we offer, and our Senior Social Workers are critical in bringing spaces for reflection, advice and guidance to the team.

About you

You must be a Qualified Social Worker with current Social Work England Registration with post qualifying experience within Social Care.

You will need a good working knowledge of the Care Act 2014 and Mental Capacity Act 2005. Experience of multi-disciplinary working to enable best outcomes for individuals is key.

It is imperative that you have strong communication skills, a confident telephone manner and can work on your own initiative.

Good planning and organisation skills will be key, and you should be used to working under pressure to meet deadlines, allowing flexibility and resilience.

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)
  • 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.

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.

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