Essex County Council continues to review its ways of working during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to work within adult social care with a focus on "digital first", where the default position is, where possible, for our staff to work from home ( this is continuously reviewed). All candidates applying to Adult Social Care will be expected to join on a 12-week rota on a 6-day shift pattern and this will include some weekend work. However, we still promote flexible working and a flexible work pattern can be discussed. For further details please enquire with our resourcing team, alternatively working patterns can be discussed at interview. Job Profile
This role will be covering North Essex Older Adults Mental Health Team, with the team based at Essex House Colchester.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Social Worker within the Older Adults Mental Health Team in North Essex, based in Colchester. The team will work in partnership with adults and their informal carers to support with their mental health and well-being, providing support and guidance in line with the Care Act principles. This will be delivered in partnership with local voluntary and statutory services. This will lead to exciting opportunities to develop new relationships and innovative ways of working with partners autonomously.
The team consists of a Team Manager, Deputy Team Manager, Senior Social Workers, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Community Support Workers. Workers will be supported to learn skills and develop as a professional within the specialism of mental health.
The role will involve working proactively with adults and families both in the community and hospital environments. Using the recovery model developing support plans and discharge pathways for adults, in accordance with the Mental Health Act 1983.
The team will collaboratively work alongside colleagues from local health and voluntary sector partners, therefore good partnership working skills are required to build upon existing relationships with strategic and joint partners.
The post holder is responsible for working with vulnerable individuals who have complex social needs as a result of disability, exclusion, or may lack capacity. Workers will ensure that professional standards are met, and skilled intervention is delivered to maximise vulnerable people's potential, helping people to help themselves within agreed resources. The role is underpinned through the 6 key safeguarding principles empowerment, prevention, proportionality, protection, partnership and accountability defined by the Care Act 2014.
Experienced social workers practice with a level of autonomy, demonstrating expert and effective practice in complex situations, assessing and managing higher levels of risk, striking a balance between support and control, liaising with a wide range of professionals, including senior levels.
The adult social care function delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable adults and their families. Key accountabilities:
- Manage demand through the effective use of the Good Lives and recovery models and wider community assets
- Provide targeted information, advice and guidance
- Ensure people vulnerable because of their mental health condition are able to regain their life skills and independence
- Deliver community engagement opportunities
- Reduce the use of secondary mental health care and hospital admissions
- Supporting person centred recovery
- Establish strong and dynamic links with our community partners
The role will provide a social care service to adults who are vulnerable due to their mental health difficulties working across internal and external partners and will have responsibility for the practice development of others within the team.
If you require further information about the role then please contact C hristina Collins on 07809 314750 or Craig Mitchell on 07827083905.Knowledge, skills and experience
- 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 in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.
- Displays a passion for making a difference. Creates and shares an ideal image of what we can become and motivates others to see exciting possibilities for the future.
- Thinks creatively, takes calculated risks and learns from mistakes. Is curious and challenges the status quo, seeking opportunities for original solutions.
- Supports and encourages others to experiment with new ways of working in an atmosphere of trust, respect and dignity. Accountable for own development and sharing best practice with others.
- Creates and develops networks and involves others to first understand their point of view and then join together in a common purpose. Crosses internal and external organisational boundaries to improve and deliver shared solutions and services in ways that achieve mutual gain.
- Provides a quality service by displaying professional excellence and expertise taking into account diverse customer needs. Seeks best value for money and pursues commercial opportunities as they arise.
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.
As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success. If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.