Working in Adult Social Care
Why work in Gloucestershire Adult Social Care?
Our vision for the people we work with is that we want everyone who comes into contact with Adult Social Care to lead full and active lives where they are supported to be independent as far as they can be. We want people to have choice and control over the services and support they receive and have access to services that use resources creatively. To help us to achieve our vision we focus on making Adult Social Care a place where people want to work and feel supported to deliver quality practice so they can focus on people first. Find out more below about how we achieve this:
We offer you learning and development
In Gloucestershire Adult Social Care we are passionate about supporting staff to develop. We want to see our staff progress to their full potential, whatever that means to them. For this to happen we offer training and development opportunities for all staff and clear career pathways for social care professionals, social workers and managers. We question the norm, model quality in everything we do and we create a safe space for reflection. Our reason for doing this is we care about our people and what we do.
We offer you a great place to work and live
Gloucestershire is the perfect place to live and work with a great mix of rural and city locations. We have teams in all areas across the County working with all adults over the age of 18. Gloucestershire is a diverse and varied county based in South West England, it offers an opportunity to work with people from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures (Click here to find out more about our location). We have opportunities for practitioners to transfer to work in more specialist roles too, including supporting people transitioning from children’s services, Learning Disability and hospital settings.
We encourage "brave" social work
Adult Social Care encourages Social Workers to use their professional judgement to achieve the best possible outcomes. Jo Doughty, Senior Social Worker, says: “The council facilitate active discussions with the legal team and share case discussions promoting positive outcomes, learning experiences and defensible decision making. “The safeguarding adults’ team actively encourages social workers to be guided by the Making Safeguarding Personal and Positive Risk Management policies, ensuring the service user is always at the heart of practice and interventions are the least restrictive possible.”. Find out more about how we achieve brave social work through our employer zone article on Community Care, available here.
We listen to you and value feedback
We work hard to be a supportive service for employees across all of our teams in Adult Social Care. In our recent health check the majority of our staff reported feeling valued by their manager which we know is important in retaining our staff and gaining job satisfaction. We also know that 69% of our staff reported that compliments are consistently celebrated in teams; ensuring that we promote an environment where success is celebrated. 95% of staff also reported feeling able to bounce ideas in their teams*. As a direct result of staff feedback we have been able to make a number of positive changes in Adult Social Care and we hope that this collaborative way of working will enable us to grow and develop as a service. Head of Service, Dawn Porter (2018): “There are lots of organisations that might acquire feedback from their staff but that’s not enough, for us it’s more about ensuring that feedback is heard. We’re practitioner-driven and we try to implement what they suggest and when we can’t we make sure we have the conversations with practitioners about why we went down a different path.”
*statistics based on the 2017 Health Check completed by 131 staff members across Gloucestershire