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West Northants Council Adult Social Care has been on an exciting journey of transformation as we undertook the change to become a unitary authority in April 2021.

This has given us the opportunity to really look at how we provide adult social care on a more localised level, leading to lots of exciting innovations and a new model of working which puts people and their communities firmly at the heart of what we do.

Find out more about our teams below.

We have four Community Hubs; our Northampton Community Hub 1 covers postcodes NN1 and NN3, and Hub 2 covers NN2 and NN5. Our other two Community Hubs cover Daventry, South Northants and Towcester.

Our teams work with a wide range of individuals including older people, people with physical, sensor or cognitive impairments and people with mental health needs. We are the front door for these communities so if you are passionate about working with people to promote independence and dedicated to making a difference, then we would love to hear from you.

Moving into Adulthood is a key area of development for Adult Social Care, and this is an exciting time to join us on our journey. You will be pivotal in supporting the continued development of our pathway.

You will be working as part of the Moving into Adulthood Service, and will be aligned to adult social care teams which support adults with Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities and Mental Health conditions.

You will work with and have oversight of a range of young people with complex needs, who may also be in specialist children’s provisions, hospital settings or out of county children’s placements. They will largely range from 16 upwards, although you are likely to to be aware of them from an earlier age.

The team provides support to people from 18 years of age onwards, who have a diagnosed physical disability and or brain injury. We also work with people who have a diagnosed mental health condition (mental illness or functional mental disorder) or autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with no associated learning disability. Where people are eligible for s.117 social care we work collaboratively with them to develop plans of support that are outcome focused and aimed at maximising independence, minimising reliance on the provision of statutory care services and promoting wellbeing.

The aim of the service is to support individuals to be as independent as possible and to apply the Care Act eligibility to conversations that are strength based and focus on the outcomes they wish to achieve. The team will discuss the people they are working with at Ideal Outcome Meetings (IOM) in order to ensure that a multi-disciplinary approach is taken, focusing on reablement, strengths based and is outcome focused. The team will then complete care and support plans with people we support to outline how they hope to achieve their identified outcomes which will enable the brokerage team to source appropriate support.

During their involvement, the team ensure that due consideration is given to any complexities arising from a lack of capacity, ensuring that appropriate steps are taken to complete best interest meetings and where applicable Court of Protection proceedings. The team will also lead on safeguarding enquiries and ensure that people are appropriately safeguarded. We work closely with colleagues in health and other partner agencies to ensure people’s needs are addressed by the most appropriate service.

The Learning Disability team is made up of two localised Hubs, Northampton and South Northants. Our teams are passionate and committed to working alongside people with a Learning Disability to enable them to live their best life possible. Our teams is dynamic and with a creative culture, which seeks to connect individuals and their communities, by asking the right questions at the right time, to support people to find the right solutions.

We use a strengths-based, outcomes focussed approach engaging people in a conversational model which allows them to tell us what is important and really matters to them. This approach assists us to take timely action to support them to connect with resources that help them continue with their chosen life – either with support or independently. We are progression focussed and believe that by engaging with the individual and their support networks we can really make a difference.

The Assurance Team has responsibility for operating a duty function that ensures all safeguarding concerns, where an organisation or a paid member of staff or volunteer is the alleged source of risk, is appropriately managed using legislation to inform risk-based decision making. Carrying out Section 42 enquiries or causing these to be carried out by other organisations. Quality Assuring enquiries that organisations have been asked to complete, ensuring that identified risks are mitigated where possible and making recommendations for improvement if necessary. Providing advice and guidance on safeguarding matters to professionals and members of the public. Acting as critical friend to key partners including the local authority to improve practice.

The Team works closely with key partners such as CQC and health and social care commissioners.

 Our Social Work vacancies

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic Social Workers to join our teams in West Northamptonshire.

We use the “three conversations” model, where appropriate, which re-emphasises focus on people, their strengths, and the networks through the development of community and Inclusion hubs. We are looking for Social Workers who are passionate about ensuring people have choice and control over their own support needs and focus on the person, their strengths and networks.

Standard hours are 9 to 5:30, however there is the option for flexible working and welcome both full and part time applications. This role is subject to DBS enhanced disclosure paid for by WNC.

About you

  • You’ll have a social work qualification and be registered with Social Work England
  • You’ll enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, you’re hardworking and committed with enthusiasm for social work
  • You have the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference in a safe working approach to social work practices
  • You are proactive and can think creatively. You demonstrate problem solving abilities, working alongside people to enable them to find their own solutions
  • You exercise professional curiosity rather than accept things at face value or make decisions based on assumptions
  • You have up to date knowledge of legislation and demonstrable experience of delivering social care outcomes to people in need
  • You have good communication and IT skills
  • Able to prioritise, using a risk-based approach
  • You put your ability to analyse and take action in challenging situations to good use, and are confident in seeking support
  • You are willing and able to work collaboratively with a wide range of partners, including community groups and the voluntary sector as well as colleagues in health and other sectors
  • You love a challenge and have an openness to learn.

Career development and training opportunities 

As a Social Worker joining West Northants Council, you’ll receive a supportive induction and shadowing period to enable orientation to the service. important to us. It ensures we have the right people, with the right skills, doing the right job.

We are committed to career development and offer training and development opportunities for those who want to progress, for example AMHP training (for those 2 years post-qualified). We also support Newly Qualified Social Workers through their ASYE.

Benefits

We offer a wide range of benefits to our employees including:

  • 27 days annual leave per year (pro rata for part time employees), plus bank holidays, increasing to 32 after 5 years’ continuous service. We also offer the option to buy additional annual leave
  • Local Government Pension Scheme plus immediate life cover (3 times your annual salary from day one) and ill-health protection
  • Working in a supportive team where ideas are shared and opinions valued, you will receive regular informal and formal supervision and the opportunity to be part of and learn from multi-agency working
  • Employee discounts with local and national retailers, days out, finance, health and beauty, travel and eating out plus lots more
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme - We have a free Employee Assistant Programme which is available for you and your immediate family members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and includes telephone counselling, legal advice, bereavement support and medical information
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Generous relocation allowance of up to 25% of starting salary or £8,000 (whichever is the lesser, Terms and Conditions apply)
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Last updated 20 May 2022