Senior Social Worker or Senior Occupational Therapist (Locality Lead)

Contract type: Full Time

Location: Taunton, Bridgwater, Shepton Mallet or Yeovil

Salary: £33,136 to £37,107 pro rata

Application Deadline:04 Mar 2019

Adults and Health 

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Are you an experienced social worker or occupational therapist looking for an exciting new opportunity?

Do you want to shape the way that adult services are delivered?

Here at Somerset County Council, the single most important thing is that every resident has the opportunity to lead a happy, healthy and independent life. To make this possible, we need highly effective and well-managed adult services that place the service user at the centre of everything. With this in mind, we are currently looking for passionate and experienced social work or occupational therapy professionals to provide inspirational leadership for our services.

You’ll be brave in your approach to work, not afraid to do things differently where it genuinely benefits the service user. You’ll be able to demonstrate a real creative spark when it comes to your work.

You will use data and customer experience to demonstrate that the transformation is helping and improving outcomes for all.

Primarily, it will be up to you to oversee the delivery of care in a specific location within Somerset. We’ll look to you to lead a multi-disciplinary team, motivating and managing all members to ensure that their work is of a consistently high standard. Promoting independence should be the driving factor in everything your team does, and we’ll look to you to ensure that this is always the case.

We want everyone that joins us to learn and grow in their roles, setting themselves up for a prosperous career. To support this, we offer a range of training and development opportunities, both in-house and externally. We champion a ‘grow your own’ approach to staff development and progression, striving to ensure that all staff are well-prepared to take the next step up when the time is right.

You will have the opportunity to shape how services in your area are delivered, designing the way that your team operates and bringing in creative ways of working.

About you

You’ll be driven by your passion for making a genuinely positive difference to lives of service users. This will be backed up by your considerable knowledge and experience of social work or occupational therapy practice – allowing you to provide clear direction and command the respect of your team.

An integral part of this role is providing clear and inspirational leadership for your team – it is therefore essential that you have some experience of leadership or aspire to developing this.

It’s also crucial that you have a real community focus and an eagerness to become embedded in the area that you’re serving. We’d expect you to be the expert when it comes to making community connections in your location with a comprehensive understanding of the local needs.

About us

This is an exciting time for Somerset County Council. We have started our transformation journey when it comes to our adult services, this provides the opportunity for new recruits to come in and continue to shape the way that care is delivered in Somerset.

We have created a workplace that enables our people to carry out their very best work. We have equipped our offices with cutting-edge technology that will help you do your job better and more flexibly.

We have also put together what we consider to be a fantastic benefits package which includes:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Relocation support
  • Staff discounts
  • Pension scheme

As any of our residents would tell you, Somerset is an incredible place to live. It is a county of outstanding natural beauty with beaches, caves, moors and parks. On top of that, our historic villages and bustling market towns are the stuff of legend – each one with its own rich heritage.

We feel that this is a genuinely unique opportunity to join an authority on an incredibly exciting journey. Join us now and grab the chance to do it your way!

If you are interested in finding out more before applying, please get in touch with us on 01823 357918/357956.

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Please quote job reference no:   10490/SR

Closing date: 4 March 2019

Interview dates:  TBC

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