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Social Worker - HCC13908

Job Details:

Salary Range: £32,752 - £36,862 pro rata, per annum 
Work Location: The Public Services Plaza, Havant
Hours per week: 18.50
Contract type: Permanent 
Closing date: 22 August 2019

Advert Text:

As part of our continued drive to improve services for people living in Hampshire with Learning Disabilities, and their carers; an opportunity has arisen for a part-time (18.5 hours per week)  Qualified Social Worker within the community learning disabilities team in South East Hampshire, located at our hub base in Havant.

In this role you will support people with learning disabilities to gain greater independence to meet their outcomes. Working in accordance with social care legislation and local government requirements, informed by the values and principles of social care; you will be supporting in the delivery of person centred, safe and effective social care services.

You will have a passion for delivering positive outcomes. In addition to an ability to recognise problems, identify solutions, resolution and negotiate situations. You will also need to have Proficient IT and have good literacy skills.
Our priority is to protect the most vulnerable and to be as efficient as possible, whilst utilising the opportunities afforded by closer working with partner agencies, working proactively to encourage independent and safe living within the community. We actively collaborate with other agencies to put people of Hampshire at the heart of decision-making.

We understand the demands and emotional challenges of the job. That's why we provide our team with a positive, safe and supportive working environment. Alongside this we offer regular supervision, mentoring and Continuous Professional Development opportunities.

As a qualified Social Worker, registered with HCPC, you will need strong interpersonal and organisational skills. You will need to travel independently across the county to meet with individuals and carers to assess needs, formulate outcomes and undertake reviews using a person-centred and strength-based approach, designed to provide meaningful choice and promote wellbeing. You must be able to work autonomously, prioritise your work and respond flexibly to competing demands.
An excellent working knowledge of legislation and current policies is required. Social Workers in the team are required to undertake various duties to include; assessments under the Care Act 2014, mental capacity assessments, reviews of funded care and safeguarding work.

Due to the nature of the role, the successful candidates will have a full driving licence and access to a car.

If you have a sound understanding of adult social care and a commitment to delivering a high-quality service we would love to hear from you.

Further information can be found at Benefits Package

Values Based Recruitment

We recruit for attitudes and values in Adults' Health and Care. We invite you to evidence how you demonstrate the 4 core values we hold, in your application. 
The 4 core values are: 

Person Centred 
•    Has a person centred and strengths-based approach that empowers service users and carers to live independent lives. 
•    Successfully manages change and develops and maintains their wellbeing and resilience. 
•    Takes responsibility for work, actions and development; and acknowledges individual and shared accountability. 
Works Together 
•    Builds supportive internal and external working relationships through positive communication and constructive feedback.


Job Purpose:

To use professional knowledge, skills and interventions in accordance with code of practice, statutory duties, professional practice, departmental policies and procedures, and best value.

To assess, monitor and review the social care needs of adults, and their carers in relation to their caring role. To support the planning and arrangements, provision or purchase of appropriate services/care that will meet a person’s assessed and eligible needs and the outcomes identified.

To work in partnership with users, carers, relatives and other agencies, to identify current and future service requirements and contribute to service development within the scope of the role.

Role Responsibilities:

•    Use professional skills, knowledge, and experience and a range of interpersonal and specialist communication skills to gather information and complete and record a social care assessment proportional to need.
•    Complete a risk assessment that will be proportional to the presenting needs, with particular reference to safeguarding, mental capacity and the needs of complex cases, using the principles of positive risk taking.
•    Where appropriate, refer the person to other specialists; statutory services; and/or relevant agencies, and take a professional lead in meeting social care needs.
•    Establish the assessed person’s eligibility using Adult Services’ criteria. 
•    Ensure an assessment is offered to a carer/s in relation to their caring role, and completed if requested.
Care & Support Planning
•    Ensure that appropriate action in conjunction with other agencies and within legal and statutory framework, to protect vulnerable people.
•    Ensure a care plan or support plan summary is written that identifies how needs will be met, outcomes will be achieved and any identified risks will be managed.
•    Where a safeguarding risk management plan is required, make a key contribution to that plan and ensure that a care or support plan summary is written in the context of the risks identified.
•    Resolve conflict with competing needs and mediate between different goals and objectives.
•    Ensure that the plan will take account of diversity, and will maintain and improve their quality of life. Care plans should promote dignity and empowerment and comply with legal and statutory requirements.
•    Ensure that where a person lacks mental capacity to make a decision concerning their social care, a Best Interest Decision is made on their behalf, unless there is another person with evidenced authority to make the decision.
•    Ensure that appropriate service provision is identified which is within the Department’s resource framework and adheres to Best Value Principles.
•    Ensure the care or support plan summary is risk assessed using the principles of positive risk taking and following departmental practice guidance.
•    Ensure the care or support plan summary is agreed with the person concerned wherever possible, and/or their legal representative, it is appropriately recorded in their social care record, and all activities needed to meet the department’s performance indicators are completed.

Case Management
•    Offer support and guidance and work in a professional manner with service users, carers and families to establish mutual trust and understanding and ensure services received meet identified outcomes.
•    Maintain case records that comply with current legislation and departmental policies and procedures. Records should be accessible to individuals, colleagues and managers as appropriate.
•    Produce reports as required which comply with statutory and departmental procedures and capture and analyse information clearly and guide decision making and case management.
•    Within the bounds of confidentiality and appropriate consent, communicate effectively with individuals and agencies using a variety of methods to keep them appropriately informed and involved.
•    Respond appropriately to feedback from service users and providers.


Additional Responsibilities

•    Review and reassess as required care packages/support plan summaries against identified risks, assessed needs, and agreed outcomes.
•    Take appropriate action if a person’s assessed eligible needs are not being met, including a re-assessment of needs if required.
•    Work with multi-disciplinary teams, and other agencies to ensure a review is proportional to need.
•    Ensure the review is agreed with the person concerned and/or their representative; it is appropriately recorded in their social care record; and all activities needed to meet the department’s performance indicators are completed.

•    Ensure that people who have eligible social care needs are referred for a financial assessment, and are advised on how funding is allocated to meet assessed eligible needs.  This will include an explanation on how service user contributions are processed.
•    Ensure all provisions are recorded and are authorised appropriately.
•    Ensure people are correctly signposted to information on benefits, contributions and allowances.
•    Check that personal budgets are an appropriate amount to meet assessed eligible needs, and if adjustments are needed, refer to line manager. 

Service Development
•    Work co-operatively with other agencies and stakeholders and contribute to forums/projects to develop partnerships and services which are responsive to identified needs.

 Professional Development
•    Complete continuing professional development as required by own professional body, and other training and development activities identified in your personal development plan or by the department.
•    Contribute to and participate in the development of others through sharing best practice and learning from events and experiences of practice with both positive and negative outcomes.
•    Offer advice and support to unqualified staff, newly qualified staff and students on placement, and in agreed circumstances provide specific support and supervision e.g. practice educator or work based supervisor.

Corporate and statutory initiatives
•    Work within corporate and statutory frameworks such as, human rights, anti-discrimination/health and safety/sustainability and demonstrate commitment to them in daily working practice.
•    Understand the processes of discrimination and oppression at individual, cultural and structural levels and challenge them appropriately.

Role Requirements:

Essential Qualifications
•    Relevant Social Work qualification
•    A current HCPC registration
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    Good communication skills - and the ability to negotiate with service users, relatives and providers
•    Able to assess risks, needs, analyse information and recognise problems. Understand equality and diversity issues in social work practice and the principles of safety, dignity and empowerment
•    Understand philosophies, professional social work issues and legal frameworks underpinning specific client groups and social services statutory duty and role in the wider community
•    Understand data protection/confidentiality and need for accurate and timely recording. Computer literate.
•    Understand Best Value principles and need for resource constraints
•    Organised and able to manage time and conflicting demands.
•    Commitment to learn and develop in professional and job role, undertake post qualifying training and continuous professional and personal development
•    Able to fulfil the travel requirements of the role

Working Conditions:

•    Display Screen Equipment user
•    Working with vulnerable adults
•    Frequent lone working
•    Use of own vehicle (for work purposes); you must be able to meet the travel requirements of the post

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Please contact Philippa Neathey, Team Manager on 02392 441402.


Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 

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