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Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
Landmark House, Ipswich
Salary details:
£39,723 - £49,385
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Closing date:
01 September 2019 11:30 PM
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South Team, Learning Disability and Autism Service, Adult and Community Services.
Flexible Working options available to support you, your work life balance and career.

Take the next step in your Social Work career, to play a key role in our service and wider team.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the team and supervision of staff, with support from your Senior Practitioners, you will ensure delivery of high-quality Social Work and Occupational Therapy practice.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • being a champion and role model for areas of service such as; mental capacity assessments and review, care and support planning, integration with health
  • ensuring that your team works with financial rigour in mind, whilst working as part of a team to improve service delivery
  • being a key change agent when it comes to Signs of Safety and will play a key role in the delivery of transformation across the service
  • being fluent with operational management, including HR policy and management
  • working as part of a strong and supportive team.

The Service

We work as a countywide service with offices based in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Beccles.

Our teams are headed up by a Team Manager consist of:

  • Senior Practitioner
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Independence and Wellbeing Practitioners
  • Business Support colleagues.

In addition to 4 locality teams, we have 2 specialist teams: Complex Case team and our Review and Audit team which are both based in Ipswich. Our Professional Advisors also sit within our service, with a strong link to Suffolk County Council's Quality Assurance team and this means that they are available to support our frontline social work teams, in terms of joining up practice and legislative duties and responsibilities. 

We are committed to co-production of solutions and the Learning Disability Strategy, vision and test, which keeps our purpose grounded.

We have a stable and experienced senior management team and the Learning Disability and Autism service is currently set up as a corporate transformation programme to ensure delivery of transformation, in line with both national and local objectives. 

Colleagues within Service Development and Contract Management sit alongside our operational service and helps us to create a joined-up programme of work and innovative thinking. The service is closely aligned with Mental Health; integration with Health is a key priority, as is Transforming Care and the development of a Housing strategy. 

Signs of Safety has been adopted as our new practice model and we are working together to develop a new way of allocating work to our practitioners: 

Our Offer

  • a supportive team environment
  • the best possible support and development to grow your career
  • regular professional supervision and appraisals
  • a conditional relocation package of up to £8k, to support a potential move to Suffolk.

The Benefits

  • flexible working arrangements available
  • relocation scheme for qualifying new employees
  • free DBS check (if you are not registered on the DBS Update Service)
  • public transport discounts and season ticket loan scheme
  • tax free bikes through our cycle to work scheme
  • a contributory pension scheme
  • free 24/7 support line, providing general information, counselling and legal advice
  • a wide range of staff support networks and representative bodies.

Our Workplace Values

Above all, we are seeking a great team member with the right values and behaviours, to ensure our workplace values are at the heart of everything we do.

  • Achieve – be the best we can be
  • Support – work as one team
  • Pride – take pride in and are proud of what we do
  • Inspire – model the ASPIRE values
  • Respect – give and earn respect
  • Empower – empower, encourage and motivate people.

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

Please read the Job and Person Profile before applying for this job.

For an informal chat only regarding this post, please call Nicola Roper on 07872 416399.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working.  For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity


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