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Essex County Council

Adult Social Workers (Colchester)

Job Type






£32,065 to £43,839

Posted Date

16 December 2021


Closing Date

10 January 2022

We currently have several opportunities for Social Workers, within our North Essex area.

North Essex covers our offices in Colchester, Clacton and the greater Tendring area. It is a diverse area to work in encompassing rural, costal and urban communities all with their own unique challenges. Essex County Council work closely with their partners in North Essex, those joining teams in this area are uniquely positioned to be increasingly involved in partnership projects across local authorities and the NHS.

In our aim to align more closely with our Health partners, Adult Social Care is moving towards a locality teams supporting a neighbourhood model. Working in this way, teams are aligned to specific post code areas and assess and support all new adults 18+ under the Care Act (2014).

Locality teams will undertake incoming social work and occupational therapy services for all age specialisms including safeguarding referrals, assessments and reviews.

A strengths’ based approach is used to:

- Maintain independence
- Develop resilience and networks to prevent increasing needs
- Reduce the necessity for local authority services
- To enable adults to have better outcomes

Working with our professional partners in the health service, the community and voluntary sectors we ensure that we work with adults using a mixture of face to face and technological solutions to assess their needs. Our aim is to improve outcomes for the adults in our communities enabling them to remain as independent as possible with the right level of support.

With case work focusing on the most complex and challenging adult cases, you’ll ensure that adults and their families are safeguarded. You’ll share ideas and best practice, providing specialist advice as part of a multi-disciplinary team sharing your knowledge as a Social Worker.

Teams currently recruiting:

The locality teams for all age as above

And our 3 specialist teams

LD and Autism:

The LD & Autism team strives to improve outcomes for people with learning disabilities and/or autism through the work we do, we are a supportive team and work with the person at the centre of everything we do. We take a person centred approach to practice and support adults with achieving their goals and ambitions, while also meeting their social care needs. This is achieved through direct work, multi-disciplinary approaches, collaboration and building local community links. The achievements with the team truly make a difference in the adults lives we work with and take a step towards changing the opportunities and outcomes for adults in our local community.

Older Adults Mental Health:

The Older Adult Mental Health Team North is based in Colchester, covering both Colchester and Tendring, and the team has an exciting opportunity for a social worker to join the team. The role will involve working with adults aged 65 years and over diagnosed with a functional or organic mental illness such as dementia; and their families both in the community, and developing discharge pathways from inpatient wards in accordance with the Mental Health Act 1983 and Care Act 2014 principles. This is a dynamic role promoting innovate person centred and partnership working with adults, their informal carers and in collaboration with other statutory, and non-statutory services to support and promote their mental health, well-being and outcomes. An essential part of the role is to challenge stigma, discrimination and consider least restrictive approaches for adults and their situations through holistic assessments and considering positive risk management to promote outcomes and recovery.

PSI Team for Younger Adults:

The North Essex Physical and Sensory Impairments Team cover the Colchester and Tendring Districts, with team members having the option of being based in either district whilst covering the whole operational area. We support people from eighteen years old with a wide range of conditions and difficulties including (But not exclusively): Acquired Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke (CVA), Huntington's Disease and Fibromyalgia. The team is made up of social workers, a specialist sensory social worker, Occupational Therapists and Community Support Workers.

If you’re looking for a team slightly outside of the above, this can be accommodated, so please still apply.

About Us:

Essex County Council has been awarded Social Work Employer of the year in the prestigious 2021 Social Worker of the Year Awards.

With us, you can achieve more – for yourself as well as the vulnerable adults you work to support. We’re always looking for new ways to deliver even better services, Social Workers play an integral role in our preventative approach to Social Care. We encourage our multi-disciplinary teams to share their ideas and experience. We work together to get things done. Bring your positive, proactive attitude, and we’ll empower you to make the most of your experience as a Social Worker within Essex County Council (ECC) Adult Social Care services.

About You:

To apply you should be a qualified social worker with a current Social Work England registration. You’ll bring at least 1 year’s social work experience, evidence of continuing professional development, and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards.

This role involves travelling around Essex. A driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service.

In line with government legislation, all colleagues who work in a CQC registered care home or will need to attend such a setting as part of their role must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This role has been deemed in scope of this legislation and therefore to be considered for the role you must confirm on application you are fully vaccinated or will be fully vaccinated by November 11th 2021, or that you are exempt. Evidence of vaccination or exemption will be required as part of the pre-employment checks ECC will undertake on you.

What we offer in return:

We’ll support you to be to your best, with the resources, training and development to empower you. You can add to your expertise, with a range of opportunities offered by our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy. And, with flexible working options and other lifestyle benefits, we’ll enable you to make the most of your life outside work, too.

Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.

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Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

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