Newly Qualified Social Worker – Adult Social Care

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: NQSW - £29,590 per annum
Location: Various Locations in Medway
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 07/06/2020 at 23:55 PM
Reference: REC006VR

Medway Council are recruiting newly qualified social workers to join Adult Social Care in October 2020. The successful candidates will join one of our generic locality based teams, Shared Lives or our Integrated Discharge team based at Medway Maritime Hospital.

The ASYE programme is designed to assist NQSWs develop their skills, knowledge and competence, strengthening professional confidence.  It provides access to regular and focused support and supervision. The programme also provides a structured framework during which the NQSW works towards achieving the required level of professional competency outlined in the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and Knowledge and Skills statements.

During the supported year, Medway Council is committed to providing NQSWs with high quality guidance and development opportunities.   Medway acknowledges that social work is both a rewarding and challenging profession and we are committed to providing the level of support to enable our NQSWs to develop into competent and confident practitioners.

This role requires you to be a newly qualified social worker (graduated within the past 2 years) with experience of working with adults from your student social work placement. You will need to be Social Work England registered (or eligible once qualified), ready to commence your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) in October 2020 and hold a recognised social work qualification. You will require a Full driving licence (valid for use in the UK) and access to a car inclusive of car insurance for Business Use.

You will also be offered the opportunity to work as a Social Care Officer in Medway ASC, pending your Social Work England registration and prior to commencing your ASYE.

Our Social Care Academy in Medway offers NQSWs a unique ASYE programme above and beyond the basic requirements set out by Skills for Care. This includes dedicated monthly training sessions using a holistic and strengths based approach within adult’s social care in order to develop your skills, knowledge and capabilities that strengthens your professional confidence in all areas of adult’s social care including safeguarding responsibilities. Group supervisions are a key learning and development tool used within Medway to learn from each other’s experience and include input from the advanced practitioners, external partner agencies, partner universities and crucially service users. The Medway ASYE programme is based on the Knowledge and Skills statement for Social Workers in Adult Social Care and Professional capability framework, in preparation to meet registration renewal requirement set out by Social Work England regulatory body.

Medway welcomes applicants from both BA and MA university cohorts.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to attend a one day assessment centre, consisting of a written assessment and interview.

This role will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and if shortlisted a form will be posted prior to interview for completion. We will not undertake the check if you are not successful in being appointed.

Interview date: week beginning 22 June 2020

Essential qualifications/experience-

  • Social Work England  Registration
  • Current enhanced DBS disclosure
  • Full driving licence (valid for use in the UK)
  • A recognised professional Social Work Qualification gained within the last 2 years.
  • Relevant experience through final placement within a statutory Adult Services Team or prior experience of working in social care.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Stephanie Bryant on 01634 337694.i

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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