Principal Social Worker

Expiring today

Location
North Yorkshire
Salary
£44,624 - £48,618
Posted
30 May 2022
Closes
26 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full time

Health and Adult Social Care Leaders – Principal Social Worker

Come and Join Team North Yorkshire!

About the Service

North Yorkshire is home to over 600,000 people. Nearly 80% of us are adults and 10% of us are over 75. Life expectancy is at, or above, the England average, although there is a 20 year gap in healthy years lived between different parts of the County.

Our ambition is that every adult has a longer, healthier and independent life. We want people to be able to live their best lives and for our communities to flourish. Living our best lives includes being more pro-active about talking about, and promoting greater diversity and inclusion: across North Yorkshire and within our own services.

We believe that prevention is better than cure and that is why we have invested for many years in universal and targeted prevention programmes and in extra care housing.

We are striving to ensure that our practice starts with the strengths that each and every one of us has as human beings and that we make commissioning and investment decisions which, wherever possible, build upon the strengths within our towns and villages and countryside. As part of these aims, we want to work more sustainably to make our contribution to addressing climate change.

We want our care provider colleagues, in the independent and voluntary sectors, and in the council, to provide high quality care and support and to diversify their services to meet the choices and requirements that people will have in the future.

And we want North Yorkshire’s health and social care system to work as one, wherever possible, so that people have the right care and support, in the right place and at the right time.

Our net investment in adult social care is £194m (with a further £24m invested in Public Health) and we employ nearly 2000 people within the Council (and 20000 across the care sector) to deliver vital prevention and care services.

Most of us live and work in the County. Colleagues really know our many and varied communities and what makes them tick. There is a very strong ethos of “Team North Yorkshire”.

The County is also one of the most beautiful parts of England – arguably, the planet! – including 2 National Parks and a stunning coastline, great places to eat and drink and relax, good schools and easy access to big cities, culture and sport.

It’s a great place in which to work as well as to live, which is why we are looking for great people to join our team.

And that team is genuinely Team North Yorkshire, stretching across the Council, the wider public services and throughout communities.

Yes, we have challenges, like any other part of England. However, we also have a wealth of opportunities. As a Council, we have strong political and officer leadership and a willingness to invest, learn and innovate.

Over the past decade, we have focused on prevention, developing our Stronger Communities programme and our Living Well service and doubling our extra care housing provision (which now comprises over 1400 apartments to buy or rent), as well as our wider Public Health services. We have improved our joint working with the NHS, with other councils and, crucially, with people who use our services. And we are on a journey to make our social care practice both more confident and more consistent. At the same time, we have managed our resources carefully and done our best to shape new career pathways and become more diverse and inclusive in every sense.

The Role

As part of our well-established Practice team (which reports to the Assistant Director/Chief Social Care Practitioner, is led by the Head of Practice and also includes the Principal Occupational Therapist), you will be the professional lead for social work within the Council, dedicated to improving and enhancing practice, in a way which builds on the strengths of people who use services, communities and practitioners and which drives Confident and Consistent Practice through expert advice, clear leadership, teaching, learning and audit.

Whilst you will be knowledgeable regarding the latest theoretical strategies, your approach will be practical, impactful and you and your team of Senior Social Workers will get things done.

In return for what you can offer to the people of North Yorkshire and to the Council, we will welcome you with a real sense of teamwork, informal support and personal development. You will find that we are a stable and well managed authority, committed to getting things done, which means that the Council will make difficult decisions when necessary and will invest courageously, whilst at the same time ensuring that talented individuals have the ability to progress and have an impact both internally and externally.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.