• Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • 41418 - 47420 £ / Year
  • 28 April 2024

Website Reading Borough Council

If you’re a Senior Social Worker seeking to be part of a welcoming and vibrant team, we invite you to get in touch. We represent a Local Authority dedicated to enhancing the well-being of our community and residents. We are actively seeking enthusiastic and skilled Senior Social Worker to join our PDOP team.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

About the Team:

The PDOP Team works closely with other teams in DACHS who are involved with the delivery of Adult Social Care.  The PDOP team forms part of the Living Well Service of ASC where the Mental Health and Learning Disability and Autism (LDA) team are also members.  A Head of Service oversees all work and responsibilities of the Living Well Service.

PDOP is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Social Care Co-ordinators.  We provide the next step in assessment and support planning to people who are 18 years and over and have a long-term physical disability and/or are over 65 years old.

Team Vision

‘To maximise the quality of life of Reading residents who have a long-term physical disability or are over 65 years of age and have care act eligible needs using a strength based and problem-solving approach.’

Our aim is to be a high performing, efficient, multidisciplinary team with a clear team purpose and values that support staff and the skills and diversity within and around the team.

About the role:

Working as a Senior Social Worker you will be part of a friendly and supportive team.  You will hold a small varied caseload, supervise a number of staff and contribute to the team performance and positive outcomes for our residents.  You will also support the team of duty workers offering guidance and advice on social work intervention.

This post offers opportunities to improve your skills and experience in Adult Social Care with high quality, client-led, interventions to service users in their own homes.

You will work within the legal framework provided by the statute, guidance, policies and procedures.

You will need to have:

  • A degree or equivalent in Social Work
  • Registration with Social Work England
  • Excellent understanding of the Care Act 2014
  • Excellent understanding of Community DOLs/ Mental Capacity Act
  • Understanding of Court of Protection processes

We offer excellent support, supervision and induction.  You will have access to our Learning and Development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth with opportunities to learn and develop.

This role offers Agile/Hybrid Working – you have the opportunity to work from home and the Civic Offices in Reading but also you will need to attend face to face visits within the Reading Borough.

Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:

  • Work Together as one team – work collaboratively, with each other and with our partners, and demonstrate the Team Reading values in everything we do
  • Drive Efficiency – show initiative, be adaptable to change and put forward ideas to help improve delivery and efficiency.
  • Take responsibility for our own learning and development and for reaching our potential
  • Be Ambitious – be demanding of our own performance – striving to be even better – and be prepared to engage with and challenge leaders in a constructive and positive way
  • Make a Difference to Reading – maintain the highest levels of customer service and be flexible and willing to provide the services needed at the time they are needed

Our offer:

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday entitlement – 25 days holiday each year plus bank holidays – rising to 30 days after 5 years LG continuous service and 33 days after 10 years’ service in Reading, with the option to buy additional leave
  • Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities
  • Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted,
  • Season Ticket Loan – a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to help you save for your retirement

If you would like to find out more about this role and the team, please contact Pippa Durant (PDOP Team Manager) on 0118 937 3747 or email pippa.durant@reading.gov.uk

Closing date: Applications reviewed on submission
Interview date: To be confirmed

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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