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Senior Social Worker - South Transfer of Care Team

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

About the role

Are you looking for a Senior Social Worker role? Do you thrive in a fast paced, multi-agency environment?

If the answer is “Yes” then this might be just the role for YOU!

The South Transfer of Care Team is looking for a full time Senior Social Worker, working predominantly from Addenbrookes Hospital. The service also covers Papworth, West Suffolk Hospital (Bury St Edmunds), Newmarket hospital (Rosemary ward), Cambridge Rehab Unit and Princess of Wales Rehab unit in Ely; therefore the successful applicant will have to visit and support these sites.

You will join a group of supportive Senior Social Workers and be part of the management team.

The team provide support to adults being discharged from the acute hospital and rehabilitation settings.

The Transfer of Care Teams operate within specific office hours, but that does not mean we will not consider flexible working opportunities. Our staff receive a salary enhancement between 7% and 15% depending on their selected working pattern.

  • 7% for 1 weekend day a month and 1 Bank Holiday a year
  • 8% for 1 weekend day a month and 2 Bank Holidays a year
  • 10% for 1 weekend day a month and 3 Bank Holidays a year
  • 15% for 2 weekend days a month and 3 Bank Holidays a year

Whilst this can be a fast paced role, we are a highly supportive team offering excellent guidance and help from both colleagues and managers, alongside opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills.

We are looking for exceptional Social Workers to join us on our journey. For an informal discussion about our vacancies, contact Beth on 01480 372 425 or e-mail

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?

Key responsibilities of the Senior Social Worker post include:

  • Managing the practice and performance of the team to ensure timely and safe discharges from the hospital setting.
  • Supporting the day-to-day practice of the Team.  Quality assuring Care Act assessments, care and support plans and completing audits.
  • Ensuring accurate record keeping.
  • Being part of a management team, managing and nurturing a team of professionals (Social Workers and Adult Support Coordinators) so that they can operate innovatively and creatively to meet the needs of Cambridgeshire citizens.
  • Building positive relationships with key partners and making positive contribution to delivering good outcomes for people who have care and support needs.
  • Effective management of resources (including financial) and assurance of quality to achieve the best outcomes for those being discharged from hospital.
  • Managing complex safeguarding cases and or serious concerns processes.
  • Supporting your supervisees as part of ‘Our Conversations’ to ensure their wellbeing and professional development.

About you

You must be a qualified social worker with at least 2 years’ experience and ideally have experience managing people.  You will have worked with a complex caseload and have excellent knowledge of current legislation which will include the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act and the associated statutory guidance.  You will have proven knowledge and skills for Safeguarding Adults.   

You will be a person-centred practitioner with excellent communication skills and have the ability to work within a multidisciplinary setting. You will be imaginative, dynamic and an excellent communicator with the ability to influence the workings of other services.

This is a fast-paced environment and the successful candidate should be able to work with competing demands for services. 

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

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits in addition to annual leave, sick pay, pension and mileage.

  • A comprehensive wellbeing package to cover all aspects of wellbeing, both in and out of work, which can also be accessed by your family
  • 6 days of protected time each year to support in maintaining your Continuous Professional Development
  • A relocation package of up to £8,000 (eligibility applies)
  • A pay progression scheme to enable you to accelerate through the pay grade as you gain experience and skills
  • Scalable retention payments of up to £7,650 over a 3 year period, starting after your first full year of employment, in specific teams
  • Access to development opportunities, apprenticeships and qualified coaches to support your personal and professional growth

For more information and to see our other benefits, take a look at the benefits brochure attached to this advert.

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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