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Social Worker Learning Disabilities and Complex Care

Here at Cheshire West and Chester Council, we are committed to providing excellent Adult Social Care services to residents. We are one team, putting what matters to people first and are investing in a number of roles, across our service areas to grow our dynamic, solution focused team.  

So, wherever you are in your life, there is something to suit you in Adult Social Care, whether that be meaningful work, feeling valued in your role, career progression, pay progression or a great work life balance, this is where you will find it. If you want to be a part of our welcoming, values driven service and are passionate about being part of a team that can make a real difference for local people, please take a look at the roles we have available.   .

Are you a Newly Qualified, or an experienced Social Worker, registered with Social Work England, looking for your next challenge? Are you passionate about improving outcomes for adults and seeking a working environment that balances personal wellbeing with continuous improvement? Then Cheshire West and Chester Council could be the perfect place for you. Do you have experience working with people in Transition, Learning Disabilities or Mental Health?

We are looking to recruit:

- 1 x full time permanent progressed Social Worker to work in the Complex Care Review team

- 1 x Temporary 12 month progressed Social Worker to work in the Complex Care Review team

- 1 x full time permanent progressed Social Worker to work Team and Learning Disabilities team

Applications from newly qualified social workers (non-progressed / grade 8 post) will also be considered.  We would welcome applications form Approved Mental Health Professionals.

Cheshire West and Chester Council
Chester, Ellesmere Port, Winsford
Job Category
Social Care
Please refer to advert text
Salary Min
£32,076 per annum
Salary Max
£39,186 per annum
Hours per week
Weeks per year
Employment Type
Closing Date
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Cheshire West and Chester Council is a place where everyone can Thrive – through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

The Complex Care and Review team is a small but extremely effective team consisting of a Practice Manager, 3 x Social Workers, 2 x Social Care Assessors, 1 x Occupational Therapist and 1 x OTA.  This is an experienced team of highly motivated, hardworking, and skilled professionals.  We are looking for candidates who demonstrate these skills and have a passion to drive forward positive outcomes for individuals regardless of their level of need or stage of life they are in.  Candidates will be required to work collaboratively and creative with colleagues, and to have an in-depth knowledge of the Care Act 2014 and a sound knowledge of current legislation, policy and procedures within adult services. The team is unique in that it completes reviews taking a ‘whole service/provider’ approach.  In doing so they work closely with providers and commissioners to improve the standards of current services.  This includes setting clear outcome focused care plans, taking an innovative approach regarding effective use of current services, and scrutinising services to ensure commissioned support is required and being used appropriately in keeping with a person-centred and strength-based approach.  Their remit also includes project work, working closely with operational teams and commissioners in the future forecasting of service-user’s needs within CW&C, identifying gaps in services and steering new bespoke commissioning opportunities. The complex care and review team, work across several areas of social care including Transitions, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health (Borough wide).

We would welcome anyone interested in this post to come forward for an informal discussion.  Please contact Leah Gilbert, Practice Manager on 07827 823853

The Adult Learning Disability Team Supports Adults with Learning Disabilities to live a fulfilled life with access to social care services as required. This is a rewarding area of social work, with a focus on person centred planning and outcome focused practice. We work with a high number of people with varied needs ranging from complex health to forensic needs, who require skilled interventions.  The team is a specialist service working alongside and in partnership with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS trust. The role is diverse, and no two days will be the same.  The candidates will require the ability to form relationships with service users, families, and other professionals to allow for successful outcomes. This is an experienced team of highly motivated, hardworking, and skilled professionals, many of whom are longstanding in the service. (Vale Royal)  

We would welcome anyone interested in this post to come forward for an informal discussion. Please contact Susie Baker, Team Manager 07887 822769

We provide high-quality, person-centred social care for adults, but for us it’s more than that; we support people to change and enhance their lives every day through the work undertaken by our talented and dedicated teams.  Our values are important to all of us, we live and breathe them, and they shape how we work together to create positive environments where both colleagues and people who use our services can be inspired to reach their potential.   If you share our values and commitment, then you are our kind of person.

We are looking for dedicated and highly motivated team players to join us as Social Workers working in line with the Care Act 2014. Our Social Workers play a critical role in supporting people to develop creative and innovative solutions to meet the outcomes they want to achieve.

You will have the opportunity to;

  • Work in a forward-thinking Council and within teams that have clear, shared values
  • Work with local people to understand their care and support needs and help to identify options available to them
  • Be pivotal to ensuring people are connected to the support services and community assets they need to live great lives.
  • Receive great support from our proactive and knowledgeable management team
  • Enhance your legal literacy and work closely with our great legal support services
  • Develop and progress in your career through training and development opportunities in a variety of pathways: we meet the cost of your professional registration fee as standard.
  • Experience working with people with Learning Disabilities and or Mental Health needs and an understanding of the policy context surrounding these areas of practice.
  • Understanding of the complex working areas of forensic case work
  • Understanding of complex health and care needs

You will have:

  • CQSW/CSS/Diploma/Degree in Social Work or equivalent (Essential)
  • Social Work England Registration (Essential)
  • Be required to undertake an enhanced DBS plus Adults Barred List (Essential)
  • Statutory and policy base of Social Work (Essential)
  • Appreciation of recent developments in service provision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers, carers and families.
  • Ability to cope positively with change and an ability to promote positive changes to make a difference.
  • Awareness of importance of multi-disciplinary working and an integrated approach.
  • Ability to carry out assessment and support planning in line with relevant legislation.
  • You are confident, energetic and enthusiastic as well as sensitive and resilient.
  • Self-motivating individual with the passion to make a difference in adult social care.
  • Resilient personal stress management.  

This is a hybrid post which means working in one of our Council offices in locations across the borough as well as the opportunity to work from home where suitable.   The benefits of working for the Council go well beyond making a difference to people’s lives, as well as working within a supportive environment with people who share your values you will have access to a huge range of benefits including discounts on: 

  • High street and supermarket shopping 
  • Gym membership 
  • Holidays 
  • Days out 
  • Cinemas 
  • Childcare vouchers 
  • Cash back scheme on any medical treatment that you may require via Medicash 
  • Car lease scheme (Brand new fully maintained and insured car for 3 years in return for a fixed monthly payment via salary sacrifice) 
  • Cycle Scheme (Save up to £320 on the cost of a brand-new bike and equipment) 

We also offer: 

  • Competitive salary 
  • Generous holiday allowance of 26 days (pro rata), increasing to 31 days after five years of service, plus the opportunity to purchase extra leave and access bank holidays.
  • An excellent career average pension scheme with employer contributions of 22.3%. (Employer contributions elsewhere are typically 3%) 
  • The opportunity to develop your skills and career. 
  • Rewards and Recognition for going above and beyond such as additional annual leave and shopping vouchers. 
  • Supportive team and culture 
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 10 days additional annual leave. 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme, which offers free 24/7 confidential assistance, practical information, and emotional support. 

Grade 8- Non - Progressed Social Worker £32,076 - £36,648

Grade 9- Progressed Social Worker £35,745 - £39,186

Please note that we reserve the right to withdraw this advert should sufficient applications be received.

Please note we cannot currently offer sponsorship as a council for international recruitment.

Please note that this job is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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No candidate will meet every single requirement - if your experience looks a little different from what we've identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we'd love to learn more about you!

Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment.  Please see the Equality Policy for more information.

Cheshire West and Chester Council have adopted a Local Living Wage for our employees which means that all employees will receive a minimum of £10.90 per hour for all contracted hours.

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