Despite the challenges that Adult Social Care has faced within the last 12 months, our approach in Buckinghamshire has not been to take shelter and wait for the storm to pass. Instead, we have chosen to transform and restructure Adult Social Care so we can respond to a crisis as well as build for the future. We have created more roles in Social Work and Occupational Therapy; we are adapting to work much more closely with the community and support people near to where they live; we have developed a new career progression framework to encourage staff ambition and development; finally, to establish the conditions to deliver outstanding practice, we have reduced the numbers that managers supervise and the caseloads the team have, to allow for more contact with our residents.
Initiated in 2019, our strength-based practice model, ‘Better Lives’, has been improving outcomes linked to independence, developing social connections, and improving areas that are important to the residents we support. Now in 2021, we are looking to refresh our Better Lives Strategy - Our Ambition | Buckinghamshire Council (buckscc.gov.uk) – and develop our aspirations further.
In April 2020 Buckinghamshire Council became the UK’s newest council. Meaning the residents of Buckinghamshire will be now be served by a single, unitary council. Buckinghamshire is an ambitious, rapidly growing county, and our economy is one of the strongest in the country.
We are looking for motivated, ambitious and inspiring people to join us on our journey.
About the role
To ensure the highest standards of service are provided to the residents of Buckinghamshire, Social Workers will ensure that:
- You will be an ambassador and leader across social work, both internally and externally.
- You will provide a high-quality and effective professional casework service, taking responsibility for working and managing a caseload within a framework of appropriate supervision, dependent upon the complexities of these cases and your experience.
- You will comply with legislation, statutory guidance, and local policies and procedures.
- You will deliver outstanding support to our residents and ensure that regular monitoring and review of care and support plans are carried out.
- You will be competent in all areas of the Professional Capabilities Framework of Social Work.
Naturally, you’ll be a great people person, familiar with working to a strength-based approach. Thinking outside the box, you’ll support your clients and help prevent, reduce or delay the need for care. Bringing your in-depth knowledge of the latest legislation and statutory guidance, you’ll work independently and with colleagues to support adults and their families. Persistence and an adaptable approach are needed in an outcome-focused way with partners such as health services, community sector, housing, care providers and other stakeholders.
As a service, we’re proud of the way we have adapted as we make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our colleagues and residents remains at the forefront of what we do, and we have used technology where it has been appropriate to undertake some functions such as staying in touch with your clients, partners and colleagues. We want to retain the benefits of working in this way, as well as continuing face-to-face where it is appropriate to do so. As a result of this, we would welcome applications from a wider geographical basis.
You will be required to apply for a DBS at an enhanced level. Further information about the DSB Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
Buckinghamshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.
Having a diverse workforce that represents our residents across all levels of the organisations is something we can improve on. Promoting equality by recognising difference and the value it can bring to our organisation is an important part of our strength-based approach. We welcome applications from candidates who share our ethos and values around anti-discriminatory practice and strength in diversity.
We recognise and reward you
In these challenging times, we must remain connected as a team. From day one, you’ll be offered a ‘buddy’ who will be a friendly face to support you through your induction and new working world. The wellbeing of our colleagues is very important to us and we encourage you to take control of your work-life balance and adopt a flexible approach where possible.
We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements.
Benefits of working for Buckinghamshire:
- Competitive salary inclusive of Market Factor
- ‘Golden Hello’ lump-sum payment of £1000 paid on successful completion of your probationary period
- Up to 25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days (plus bank holidays) after more than 5 years’ service
- An attractive Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Relocation allowance up to £8,000 (subject to eligibility)
- New Car Lease Scheme
- Development opportunities in key areas of specific lead roles, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills and to develop your practice
- Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways
- Access to our corporate health and wellbeing services offering free confidential advice on a wide range of issues
- Discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops, discounted gym memberships and much more
To apply for this job please visit jobs.buckinghamshire.gov.uk.