Social Workers - Adult Learning Disabilities

£34,144 - £40,881 yearly
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Buckinghamshire, UK
  • 16 Nov, 2020
Full time Social Work

Job Description


Is Buckinghamshire Council where you will fulfil your career aspirations?

In April 2020, Buckinghamshire Council became the UK’s newest council. The residents of Buckinghamshire are now served by a single, unitary council. Our Strategic Plan sets out our vision for ensuring that in the next ten years:

  • Buckinghamshire continues to be a great place to live and work
  • Buckinghamshire’s economy continues to be one of the strongest in the country
  • We safeguard our Vulnerable
  • We create opportunities and build self-reliance
  • Buckinghamshire continues to be thriving and attractive. 

We are proud of our rich history and contemporary achievements. Did you know that Buckinghamshire is the birthplace of the International Paralympic Movement? Our people live in local communities that are vibrant, multicultural and full of character. Our county is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Though it ranks as one of the top rural areas to live in the UK, it is incredibly well connected– only an hour from London by train.

Now you have the opportunity to join us as a qualified Social Worker within our Adult Learning Disability team to help take the service to the next stage of our journey towards a better future.

If our vision seems as exciting to you as it does to us then click to apply or email find out more about our Try Before You Apply days!

About the role

Like the other Buckinghamshire Council’s services, our Learning Disabilities team works efficiently and collaboratively by using the Strengths-Based Approach. We focus on people’s strengths and work collaboratively with our customers. You will be part of this partnership by:

  • Promoting a strengths-based approach to identify peoples’ and their communities’ resources
  • Maintaining and improving the standards of practice within the service
  • Leading areas of responsibility across the service
  • Working with customers who have a variety of strengths, aspirations, dreams, and challenges.

To support you in your role, you will start with a thorough induction over six weeks when you will have the opportunity to shadow colleagues, meet other relevant health professionals and visit various services.

You will have numerous opportunities for development and career advancement. We provide access to the latest research and practice tools in the form of e-learning and class-based learning on a variety of topics related to your professional and personal development, from Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to presentation skills. We also support our staff to undertake specialised training needed to become Practice Educators, Best Interest Assessors or Approved Mental Health Practitioners.

You will have regular formal supervision with experienced senior members of staff and ongoing support from a team that is dedicated to sharing ideas and supporting each other.

Please see the attached job summaries for further information.

About you

We feel that it is important that our core values - Proud, Accountable, Collaborative and Trustworthy - resonate with yours as we train and guide you to develop your knowledge and skills.

We are looking for new colleagues who can work with us to make our vision a reality by:

  • Keeping our customers’ lived experiences at the heart of everything we do
  • Working collaboratively with our customers and families by acknowledging their contribution and building on their strengths
  • Remaining passionate about supporting the wellbeing of our customers and promoting their rights
  • Making sure that everyone’s voice is heard, so that we work reflectively, openly, and with integrity
  • Assuring the quality of practice and managing our performance, to inform service improvement and development.

To achieve this, you will:

  • be a registered social worker and have completed your ASYE  
  • be able to work in partnership with people with diverse needs - customers, carers, colleagues and providers
  • be caring, motivated, reliable, flexible and resilient
  • demonstrate your ability to organise your own time and work efficiently
  • be able to support colleagues by using your leadership skills
  • have excellent observation, assessment and communication skills
  • be proactive in developing and sharing your knowledge and skills.

Please see the attached job summaries for further information.


Other information

All new employees starting with us from 1st April 2020 will join us under the new Buckinghamshire Council terms, conditions and pay scales. 

We offer full and part time roles, and some flexible working.

Adult Social Care is currently going through a period of significant transformation, which includes redesigning the structure of its services and revising roles and responsibilities. The purpose of this change is to deliver strength-based support which supports people close to where they live. We also want to ensure our employees are supported to work in a confident, flexible and manageable way. The roles directly related to you will have an updated role profile but we are wanting to increase the ratio of qualified staff and increase the opportunity that people have to short term interventions such as reablement.

We deem this to be a positive change for people employed in these roles, which will further enhance opportunities for career advancement in this area.

Our values

Our set of values - Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy - were chosen by our employees and represent what we are.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • A fair and inclusive culture
  • The chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • Health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • A unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • Ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • Opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events.

About the Business Unit

The majority of Buckinghamshire residents will have contact with our services at some point in their lives. Whether it’s for information and advice, access to a dedicated service or through the work of our trading standards or environmental health teams, we aim to deliver to the highest standard possible.

This is a very exciting time to join our Adult Services and Health directorate, as we join together adult social care, public health, housing and regulatory services for the first time in Council history. Our Better Lives Strategy sets out our ambition to enable people to live independently for longer and reduce dependency on services - something we are keen to focus on over the next year. This new directorate gives us the opportunity to develop an integrated approach to services that will better support our residents. 

Our learning disability team is also undergoing changes, such as:

  • We have co-located half the team with our LD health colleagues
  • We want more people with a learning disability to have tenancies with the right level of support
  • We use a Strengths Based Approach to help people find worthwhile pastimes and make valuable contributions in their local communities, including both paid and voluntary work.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements.

We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%.

We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more -

Social Workers are also entitled to a generous enhanced reward package, as follows:

  • Competitive salary and a ‘Golden Hello’ lump sum payment of £1000 to G6 and £2,000 to G7, paid upon successful completion of probation
  • New lease car scheme
  • Annual leave up to 30 days per year, as well as other types of leave
  • Up to 15 days per year training, learning and development offer.