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*VACANCY CLOSED* Senior Social Worker (Ref: 2024_732)

Based across the Isle of Wight

Grade 11, £41,548 to £44,356 per annum

Contact: Julie Green at 01983 823900 or

Vacancy Reference: 2024_732

Closing Date: 10/05/2024

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 per week


These are exciting times on the Isle of Wight within Adult Social Care, the whole service has supported a redesign that enhances strength-based practice, working with the community and our third sector partners.

In 2021 the team were finalists in the national MJ awards and LGC Care and Health Integration Awards and winners of the Isle of Wights NHS Quality Improvement and Innovation Award as part of Integrated Discharge Team which has had national recognition and winners of the Isle of Wight Councils Staff Appreciation Award 2022 for Collaborative Team Effort.

We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Social Worker within our Wellbeing & Access Hub supporting our Care Close to Home Strategy. This role will give further opportunities to support our Rehabilitation, Community Rehab Services, Continuing Health Care and Hospice. This is an agile working role.

Senior Social Workers hold a limited caseload of the most complex and challenging cases where discharge is problematic or high risk. Quality control and authorisation of assessments and support plans

Supervision is cascaded throughout the team with Senior Practitioner supervising several of the qualified Social Workers and Occupational Therapists within the team.

As a Senior Social Worker, we understand the work you do on a daily basis and provide the support you need to make a difference to the people of the Isle of Wight.

The successful candidates will be suitably qualified with a Social Work degree. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of The Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Data Protection Act 1998 and evidence of ability to work to practice guidance/procedure. You may be required to take part in the Out of Hours (OOH) stand-by duty rota as and when requested by management on an occasional basis. 

To join us you must:

• Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment

• Have experience of chairing meetings

• Be able to demonstrate skills and experience of promoting a person centred and strengths-based approach

• Have an excellent working knowledge of legislation used within Adult Social Care

• Have a good knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding, including s.42 Enquiries and Making Safeguarding Personal

• Be confident in decision making, whilst knowing when to seek support

• Understand the importance of data in supporting staff, teams and wider service

• Have the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference in a safe working approach to social work practice

• Have proven ability to work as part of a team and capacity to lead a team that puts the strengths of individuals, families and community at the heart of care and wellbeing

You will share our ambitions, passion and attitude to ensure the people we serve live the best lives possible. You will be a critical thinker who has competence and confidence in your practice.

You will implement and promote departmental safeguarding procedures and adhere to departmental recording policy as well as attend multi-agency discharge planning meetings to ensure timely discharges. You will also be supporting carers and family members sharing and advising where required as well as offering Carers Assessments in line with the Care Act 2014.

You will benefit from a unique and enriching environment within an organisation that values strong leadership, a good work life balance, quality management and reflective supervision.

You will share our ambitions, passion, and attitude to ensure the people we serve live the best lives possible. You will be a critical thinker who has competence and confidence in your practice as strong advocates for the Isle of Wight Council, Adult Social Care delivering a high standard service to the people of the island. 

Please visit the Adult Social Care career opportunities page which holds inspiring testimonies from team members, a guide to what the Island offers as well as personal development opportunities we offer.

Team IWC Values:

Community & Customer focused

Effective & Efficient

Working together

Fair & transparent

We are proud of our commitment to offer:

Supporting and supervising all our social care workforce

Providing opportunities for our staff as they develop and progress their professional careers

Providing regular training opportunities.

As well as being a great place to work, we also offer a competitive remuneration package.

We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Julie Green at 01983 823900 or

PLEASE NOTE: Out of Hours Standby and Call Out

You will be required to take part in the Out of Hours Stand-by Duty Rota as and when requested by management.  Standby and call out duties are paid in accordance with the IWC Terms and Conditions 2012 document.

Please click here to view the Isle of Wight Council’s Care Close to Home Strategy.

When you join #TeamIWC you'll receive our staff benefits package, including:

-  Annual leave entitlement of 32 days p/a PLUS public holidays!

-  Local Government pension scheme

-  Discounted Solent ferry travel

-  Island bus network discount

-  Cycle to work scheme

-  Staff parking permit scheme

-  Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership

-  National and local discounts & benefits schemes

For some vacancies (subject to criteria)

-  A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 may be available if you are specifically relocating to the Isle of Wight to take up a new role with us

-  If you choose to commute to the Isle of Wight daily, you may be eligible to have some travel costs reimbursed

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour PolicyEmployee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council’s Terms & Conditions of employment are available upon request. Please contact our recruitment team via if you would like to receive a copy.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

The Isle of Wight Council is committed to supporting all newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) through the implementation of a robust post graduate competency framework referred to as the Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE). The ASYE is intended to be the first stage of the continuing professional development for Registered Social Workers, and the framework will be closely allied to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).  You will be therefore, be required to satisfactorily complete the ASYE programme within a 12-month period (or 18 months if part time).

If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.

Closing Date: *VACANCY CLOSED*