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Working in Adult Social Care

Working in Adult Social Care or integrated teams alongside peers and key professionals every day, we have a variety of roles including social care assistants, social care development coordinators, social workers, occupational therapists, as well as finance and administrative staff. All of these roles can give you a greater insight into the work of adult social care in the statutory sector.

If you are successful in securing these roles you will have an induction when you start and will be able to access e-learning and essential training that is relevant to your role alongside other staff. You will have regular supervisions where you can discuss your career ambitions and options. There is also a dedicated practice development team that can offer further advice around career options.

To join Surrey County Council as a qualified professional in Adult Social Care, you will need:

  • An appropriate professional qualification
  • Have and be willing to maintain registration with the professional regulator
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) with Children's and Adults barred checklist
  • A full UK driver's licence and the use of a vehicle Experience of working in Adult Social Care within a statutory Local Authority setting is preferable
  • Good knowledge of relevant legislation, a person centred approach, and applied knowledge of best practice, is essential
  • Commitment to providing the very best support

Not yet a qualified practitioner but want to be? Find out more by visiting the National Careers Service website.

Assessed and Supported year In Employment (ASYE) and Preceptorship

In Surrey we are committed to supporting newly qualified Social Workers and Occupational Therapists particularly in their first year as qualified professionals. We have an established ASYE programme for newly qualified social workers across the county that supports social workers in line with the national programme requirements.

We have developed a Preceptorship programme for newly qualified Occupational Therapists (NQOT's) that is now operational across the county.

We recruit newly qualified staff when vacancies become available.

Experienced professionally qualified staff

Whether you join us as a qualified staff member or have become qualified whilst an employee of Surrey, we can provide you with opportunities to maintain and progress your continuous professional development. You will have regular supervision that will support your wellbeing and career development to support you to develop supervisory responsibilities and move towards senior positions.

There is the opportunity to apply for post graduate programmes to train to become a Best Interests Assessors, Approved Mental Health Practitioner or Practice Educator. Surrey can offer management programmes and training if that is a route that you would like to pursue. Commissioning, quality assurance, safeguarding and or mental health are just some of the variety of roles that qualified professionals might like to work towards.

Secondment and work shadowing opportunities are available for staff to act up in various roles from time to time. We would encourage staff to take opportunities to gain experience in a sideways move, as well as upward career progression, to widen their experience and knowledge.

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