Salary range: £46,857 - £49,890 p.a. inc.
Hours of work: 36 hours per week
Location: Civic centre and other locations from time to time
We are looking for an experienced, creative and innovative Deputy Team Manager who has good experience in Court Work, Safeguarding and can adapt to changing situations and be an integral part of a busy team.
As a Deputy Team Manager, you will:
- Provide line management to team members including qualified Social Workers.
- Have a fundamental role in the safeguarding of some of the most vulnerable people in Brent and will have a role in safeguarding processes in line with policies and procedures.
- Provide support to the Team Manager to ensure smooth and effective management of the team and will be responsible for the team in Team Manager’s absence.
- Make recommendations in relation to support packages and
- Offer quality assurance support.
- Support the Team Manager with the management of budgets through effective monitoring.
- Support the team to adopt strength based, person centred enabling approaches and appropriate levels of intervention to facilitate and maximise people’s independence and positive risk taking as far as possible.
- You will be a good communicator maintaining good working relations with other members of the multi-disciplinary team including health colleagues and other agencies.
Required Skills and Experience for the Role:
- Substantial post qualifying experience in a relevant setting.
- Wide range of internal and external contacts including managers in other parts of the Council, partner organisations involving the use of a range of interpersonal skills
- Develop partnership working with key external stakeholders across the public, private and voluntary sectors; at all times to work closely and effectively with relevant partner organisations
- High level of work related pressure in terms of deadlines, conflicting priorities etc.
- Ensure the development of the Council’s services as directed by the Team Manager
- Operates within a framework set by Corporate and Department Management Teams, but with freedom to influence the shape of services such as the level and range of staff skills needed in the team
- Involvement in policy and development as directed by Team Manager to ensure implementation of new legislative and operational policy requirements within Children with Disabilities and Adult Social Care
- Ensures high professional standards and high standards of service delivery
- Keeps up to date with legislation and professional development related to the area of work
- Supports the implementation of council wide improvements within the team and assist with this across the service as a whole as required by the Management Team
- A SWE recognised professional Social Work qualification and evidence of SWE registration.
- The ability to manage resources within budget.
- An understanding of relevant legislation and government agendas and the implications for practice.
Competent at using IT systems required for this role
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Social Workers to join us here in Brent in our Adult Social Care Complex Care service. We are a values based employer looking for enthusiastic newly qualified and experienced Social Workers.
We are looking for individuals with robust and confident social work skills who have excellent working knowledge of current social care legislation with the ability to adopt and reflect this in their practice – such as the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, NHS Continuing Healthcare process.
As a social care professional, you will be responding to those in need of social care support and taking appropriate interventions as required. Our Social Workers here at Brent use a strength-based approach to promote the independence, interest and rights of our residents and their families. Across our Adult Social Care service, we strive to deliver a culture of working together, positive risk taking and accountability. Our core aim is to support our residents to be influential active members of our community.
The Access and Information Team supports vulnerable Brent adult residents, when their needs arise from or are related to a physical, mental impairment or illness and are not caused by other circumstantial factors.
The Access and Information Team is part of the Assessment & Care Management Service. A comprehensive Triage Screening and Visiting function is provided as part of the single point of contact for all adult social care referrals. The interventions will be to meet care needs, stabilise the situation and support the client to a stage where potentially no longer require long term care, by applying strength based approach. Information, Advice and Guidance and Reablement Service will be an appropriate response to an immediate need for some clients. Care Act 2014 assessment are completed for someone presenting with risks care and support needs. Social Worker intervention from this service is short term and can be up to six weeks.
Assessment and Well-being
The Assessment and Well-being Teams- North and South provide a supportive service applying preventative, enabling, proactive and strength based techniques. Both services support clients with complex medium to a longer term time period. This service area will support clients with:
Complex care need in the medium to longer term work intervention
Safeguarding S.42. (2)
Clients who are already known to the service and due the changing care needs will require a reassessment/review
Clients who have been in hospital and may require further intervention after the hospital to Access pathway has come to an end
The service/teams and other areas of the client journey use anti- discriminatory practice with good use of interpreters; relationship based strategies for hoarders/ those who self-neglect; assisted technology/telecare; creativity with social capital support and community resources; offer supportive carers assessments linked with support planning and ensure robust risk assessments and protection plans with clear safeguarding closure summaries and timely progress to Care Management.
The Community Review Team primarily include conducting Care Act 2014 compliant community based reviews of individuals over the age of 18 years of age, such as older adults and adults with a physical disability, who are receiving a funded social care support. Additionally, the team will include conduct Carer’s Assessments or Carer’s Reviews, with existing or identified informal carers, when required.
As an employer, we are committed to enhancing your Continued Professional Development and offer a number of opportunities for career progression. This includes access to our Skills Academy where you can choose a pathway to support your interests and ambitions. Opportunities are also available to train as an AMHP, Trusted Assessor, and Practice Educator.
We need Social Workers that can engage with people, promote and enable inclusive community options as well as self-directed support. You will work as part of a multi skilled team that includes Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Sensory Impairment Officers and Care Assessors. You will be a qualified, registered Social Worker adhering to the Social Work England Professional Standards.
The London Borough of Brent benefits include:
- Flexible working hours and the opportunity to work from home (laptop and iPhone provided)
- Monthly CPD sessions
- Regular professional supervision
- Generous Local Government pension scheme
- Access to internal and external learning and development via our Adult Social Care Skills Academy
- Commitment to supporting workforce health and wellbeing with access to a free confidential employee counselling services
- Access to privilege card for local retailers the London Designer Outlet
- Access to our Zipcar scheme
- Keyworker housing
- Creative ways to buy and sell Annual Leave
Closing Date: 15 January 2023 (23:00)
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.