Social Worker – Home First – Bebington, Merseyside

Social Worker – Home First

Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

Bebington, Merseyside


Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust's common purpose:

We will support you and your community to live well.

Our values:

Supportive and caring, listening to others.

Communicating openly, honestly and sharing ideas.

Trusted to deliver, feeling valued and safe.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust provides high quality community health and social services which are responsive to the needs of our local population. Services are delivered by our dedicated and innovative multi disciplinary professionals and supported by equally committed staff behind the scenes. We strive to continue developing and improving our services by working with and listening to our populations, partners, commissioners and staff.

WCHC offers you a great opportunity to be a part of a talented, passionate and committed team delivering excellent community based services across Cheshire and Merseyside.

We are proud to support our Armed Forces Community as a Veteran Aware NHS Trust and are pleased to share that we recently achieved Bronze Award accreditation, in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  We support the armed forces as an employer; recognising the experiences and skills ex-military personnel have gained through their service.

Job overview

Are you a qualified Social Worker looking for a career where you can make a difference in your local community? Is a new challenge what you’re searching for? Do you want to help improve people’s lives? If this sounds like you, look no further!

Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust has 2 primary objectives, which are, to deliver high quality outcomes for the people of Wirral as well as valuing and investing in the professionals that work as part of our organisation. Our 5 year strategy sets out how we intend to improve our populations health whilst tackling the inequalities that can often present as a barrier.

If you have a passion to work collaboratively across a multi-disciplinary team, which includes Nurses, Therapists, GP’s and Community Geriatricians, serving both community, discharge and ward-based care then this is the role for you. Wirral offers a large diversity of opportunities that will allow you to practice within your current skill set whilst providing training and development that will enhance your learning experience and help you to gain greater job satisfaction within your role.

Those opportunities include:-  Home First and the Community Integrated Response Team

So if this feels like the next step in your career progression then we would really love to hear from you

Main duties of the job

An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and motivated, experienced, band 6 Social worker to join a busy, pro active, multi- disciplinary team within the Trust.

Full and part time vacancies are available.

You will work with people aged 18+ who may have multiple conditions, learning disabilities and complex care needs as part of a multi disciplinary team in a community setting.

To join our Community Social Work teams you will:

  • Be a registered Social Worker with Social Work England
  • Have completed ASYE and critical reflection modules post qualification
  • Have proven knowledge of the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity act 2005, Safeguarding and other specific legislation appropriate to  Adult Social care
  • Be committed to delivering a high standard of care and promoting professional standards
  • Be an excellent communicator who will innovate, inspire and support colleagues
  • Advocate for members of our community, identifying changes in need and planning for their current and future care

This post requires applicants to be at a social worker level having completed your ASYE.

Working for our organisation

Our priority is to provide safe, high quality care to our communities every day; the kind of care we would want for ourselves and our loved ones. Through having social work in the Trust, people we work with experience a more integrated and coordinated multiagency approach.

Our hard working staff support us to embed an open, just and compassionate culture and in turn we support them by providing an inclusive workplace with health and well-being initiatives, staff benefits and opportunities for personal and professional development.

The Trust has a strong CPD offer for Adult Social Care and is committed to supporting professional development of all staff.

Benefits & Rewards

The Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits, including:

  • Annual leave of 27 days plus bank holidays (this may increase depending on service)
  • Recognition of continuous previous local authority service towards reckonable service for Social Workers who join the Trust from an existing Social Care team within another local government
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexible working and job share opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice schemes e.g. public transport loans, cycle schemes
  • Staff discount schemes e.g. Discounted  leisure centre membership
  • In house training
  • Free on-site parking (dependent on site)
  • Personal resilience training
  • Mindfulness support
  • Staff counselling service
  • Active staff council
  • Support for carers
  • Fast track physiotherapy service

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the person specification and job description attached to this advert for further details.

As a social worker in the Trust you will be working with a model of strength based social work practice that enables you to make a difference to the lives of the people we support at right time.          

Applicants are requested to provide the required information outlined in these documents in their application to demonstrate their suitability for the post

Current Social Work England registration with the relevant social work qualification is essential to this post. Travel is an essential part of this role and therefore access to a car for work purposes is essential. Appointment to the post will be subject to successful interview, references, DBS clearance and Occupational Health checks.

If your application is successful but you are unable to make the interview date, please do get in touch with the recruiting manager to explore flexibility, with an alternative date. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work; Dip.
  • Be registered with the Social Work England and able to evidence
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in line with Professional Competencies Framework.

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Completion of Assessed and Supported Year Experience plus 2 years experience
  • Able to demonstrate practice which supports the core social work values and principles.
  • Proven experience of working with vulnerable adults and carers.
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to Adult Social Care and work
  • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection requirements.
  • Experience of completing safeguarding enquires and making safeguarding personal. Undertaking statutory duties and coordinating
  • Awareness of current practice issues and challenges facing Social Workers.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practice.
  • Commitment for continuing professional development.
  • Experience of working in partnership with individuals, families, carers colleagues and partner agencies both voluntary and publicsector.
  • Experience of arranging support plans and/or packages of care.
  • Experience of working with adults with complex needs.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working.

Desirable criteria
  • The ability to prepare statement or reports for court proceedings. This could include attendance in court
  • Requirement to undertake the Best Interest Assessor training
  • Required to undertake the practice educator award.

Skills & Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communication and engage with people in highly complex/challenging situations using a range of interventions effectively and the ability to reflect and evaluate practices.
  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing with a diverse range of people including families and professionals.
  • Able to demonstrate organisational skills
  • Sound assessment and interviewing skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate IT skills e.g. use of Microsoft Office etc.
  • The ability to use formal and informal supervision to reflect on practice.

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Able to travel within or outside the Borough. Must be willing to move across teams according to the needs of the service
  • Able to work five out of seven days a week on a rota basis. This includes weekends and unsocial hours
  • Exercise emotional intelligence and demonstrate a developing emotional resilience in relation to their job role.
  • Able to work autonomously and seek out support when required

Important Information

By applying for this post you are agreeing to Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record system.

For further information explaining how we use your information in line with GDPR please see our ‘Guidance for applicants’ document under the section 'Additional documentation'.

WCHC is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of disability, age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, maternity/pregnancy, marriage/civil partnership or transgender status. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities. We actively encourage BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled applicants and value the positive impact that difference has on our teams. We are committed to equality and diversity within our workforce and are keen to support reasonable adjustments to support our new and existing staff.

Further Information:

Closing Dates:  Candidates are advised to apply early. The Trust reserves the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received.

Reference Information:  Please ensure your application is submitted with referees who can verify your employment/ education history over the last three years and include valid business email addresses for them. The Trust will not accept personal references from friends or family.

Salary Expectations:  The Trust pays staff in line with national NHS Terms and Conditions. Relevant experience may be considered when salary offers are made.

Restricted Applications:  Staff on the Trust's Redeployment Register will be given priority access to vacancies at their substantive band. 'Restricted' and 'Open Access' vacancies run simultaneously and restricted applications should be made via the appropriate advert (an 'R' will display next to the Job Title in the advert). 'Restricted' adverts run for a minimum of 7 days.

Flexible Working: Flexible working is very important to the Trust in both the provision of this to staff and also in staff supporting the provision of our services.

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to discharging its statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults and will support staff to fulfil this duty.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Karen Kelly
Job title
Professional Lead
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
0151 514 2608
Additional information

Chris Burquest Therapy Team Lead on 0151 514 2631