Social Worker – Adult Services

Ref: SC24-079

Applications are invited for the above Full Time Permanent Position

The Organisation:

Stewarts Care is a long-established voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities.

We support people across a wide range of services within residential settings, day services, supported independent living, job advocacy and vocational training.

Purpose of the Post:

We are seeking an energetic, flexible, innovative and enthusiastic social worker to join our multi-disciplinary team to provide a quality evidence based Social Work service, including assessment of needs, and a range of advisory, practical and skilled emotional supports to adults with disabilities and their families.

The successful candidate will carry a social work caseload and will provide a social work service to adults with an intellectual disability and their families as directed by line management.

The ability to manage and prioritise a busy caseload, and work in an inter-disciplinary way using a family centred practice approach are also keys requirements of the role.

It is an opportunity for the right candidate to develop their skills and be a positive influence at an exciting time in the field of adult disability.

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Possess a National Qualification in Social Work (NQSW)

  • Be registered in the Social Workers Register maintained by the Social Workers Board at CORU

  • A Driving Licence is desirable but not essential.

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales: Social Worker scale €46,523 to €67,336 incl LSI per annum.

Campaign Ref: SC24-079

Applications should include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.

All queries in relation to this post should be emailed to  recruitment@stewartscare.ie

Closing date: 16th February 2024

Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.

A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.

No assistance from recruitment agencies is required at this time.

Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Job Description: Social Worker

Role

Social Worker

Duration of Post

Permanent Full Time

Location

Primarily based in Palmerstown - may be required to travel to other sites as part of the role

Reporting Relationship

The Social Worker will report to the Head of Social Work

Job Purpose

The successful candidate will carry a social work caseload and will provide a social work service to adults with an intellectual disability and their families as directed by line management.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical 

  • Provide a social work service to Service Users of Stewarts Care.

  • Provide a social work service in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team. Attend multi-disciplinary case reviews and meetings as appropriate.  

  • Participate in the planning process. Make appropriate arrangements with colleagues in the community, liaise with services and voluntary groups in the community. 

  • Link individuals with the services/resources appropriate to their particular needs and act as an advocate on behalf of clients.  

  • Assist and advise carers through support, and counselling and mobilisation of resources in the community. 

  • Carry out home visits when necessary. 

  • Be familiar with and work in accordance with relevant    legislation, regulations and procedures. 

  • Participate and lead on audits, research projects and teaching programs involving the Social Work Department and the organisation. 

  • Complete training needs analysis and reflective practice to assure continuing competency for the role.

  • Maintain accurate signed records of all social work intervention and ensure that statistical data on service provision is available as requested. 

  • To communicate effectively with internal and external agencies including HIQA, Gardaí, HSE, safeguarding and protections teams and Tulsa

Health & Safety  

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.    

  • Practice positive self-care and follow guidance in relation to healthy work practices.

Administrative 

  • Maintain a high standard of documentation, including service user files in accordance with local guidelines and the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. 

  • Maintain accurate up to date records and files and submit activity data as required.

  • Write accurate, clear, concise and purposeful reports.

  • Ensure the maintenance of service user and data confidentiality.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of information sharing protocols and audit systems.

Education & Training 

  • Maintain standards of practice and levels of professional knowledge by participating in continuous professional development initiatives and attendance at courses as appropriate.

  • Engage in career and professional development planning in collaboration with the Head of Social Work.

  • Keep up to date with advances in Social Work research, and ongoing review and evaluation of literature relevant to the assigned area.

  • Keep abreast of developments in national policies and strategies and international best practice.

  • Actively disseminate specialist knowledge to existing social work staff and the multi-disciplinary team

  • Provide a mentoring role to other workers as required / support colleagues in practice teaching as required.

  • Foster an understanding of the role and contribution of social work by providing professional consultation and education to other members of the service.

Competencies, Skills and Knowledge

Candidates must demonstrate sufficient competency and professional knowledge to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.

Education and Skills

  • Possess a National Qualification in Social Work (NQSW)

  • Be registered in the Social Workers Register maintained by the Social Workers Board at CORU

  • Have a full clean driving licence and access to a car

  • Be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Organisational/ Role Specific Knowledge

  • Demonstrates detailed knowledge of the services provided by the organisation.

  • Awareness of the organisation’s Strategic Plan 

  • Experience working with people with an intellectual disability.

Communication

  • Effective communication skills both verbal and written.

  • Ability to effectively influence and negotiate with others.

  • Proficient in Microsoft suite and strong IT skills relevant to the role.

  • Ability to work on own initiative with appropriate levels of

  • Understanding the importance of the MDT in the provision of care and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with all stakeholders.

Planning and Organising

  • Effectively deal with a wide range of information sources, investigating all relevant issues.

  • Draws accurate conclusions and makes balanced and fair recommendations backed up with evidence.

  • Ability to deploy resources efficiently to maximise service delivery and maintain standards.

  • Takes account of organisational priorities to ensure that operational and strategic plans are being implemented and achieved.

  • Works with local management to ensure departments strategy is in support of the strategic plan and develops resourcing models to underpin its implementation.

Safeguarding

  • Ability to co-ordinate safeguarding policy and legislation including organisational obligations.

  • Have appropriate experience and leadership, management and administrative skills to support colleagues in safeguarding adult and children within Stewarts Care.

Professional Knowledge

  • Proven ability to provide an effective social work service.

  • Ability to manage and prioritise a varied and complex social work case load.

  • Demonstrates understanding of legislation and policies that guide the work of the social work department and the organisation.

  • Ability to build and foster strong working relationships with multiple stakeholders.

  • Proven experience chairing meetings and committees.

  • Be familiar with policies /legislation in relation to the field of adult disability in particular safeguarding, consent and assisted decision making.

Teamwork

  • Demonstrates an ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Demonstrates a willingness to get involved and assist others as appropriate.

  • Reacts constructively to setbacks, is able to maintain professionalism and manage situations where conflict arises.

  • Empathises with others and seeks to understand their frustrations. Commitment to providing a Quality Service

The above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Social Worker – Stewarts Care

Remuneration

Salary is in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales.

Social Worker Medical scale €46,523 to €67,336 per annum

Annual leave

27 Days per annum

Working week

The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with a 7 hour standard working day, exclusive of lunch breaks.

The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the CEO and in accordance with the needs of the service

Probation

All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required to 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.

Garda Vetting

Stewarts Care will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to the service users and employees.

References

Stewarts Care will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts Care reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.

*Role is subject to HSE approval