Fantastic Key Role in Adult Social Care

Strategic Lead – Integrated Neighbourhood Social Work Teams and City-Wide Service

Strategic Lead – Integrated Neighbourhood Social Work Teams and City-Wide Service – Adult Social Care

Adult social care in Manchester is rapidly changing in an exciting way. Manchester City Council have integrated into a partnership with the Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO) to deliver services through a holistic, coordinated model. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join part of our dynamic Senior Leadership Team as the Strategic Lead – Integrated Neighbourhood Social Work Teams and some City-Wide Service within Adult Social Care.

Strategic Lead – Integrated Neighbourhood Social Work Teams and City-Wide Service

About you

The successful candidate will be proud and passionate about Manchester and the adult social care sector, a qualified Social Worker and have experience of:

  • Working as a senior leader in a health or social care setting and have knowledge of integrated health and social care systems, and knowledge of how Social Work teams operate within Neighbourhoods
  • Leading in a culture of high support and challenge
  • Have a track record of sustained Adult Social Care improvements
  • Supporting the delivery of excellent social work/care and safeguarding service
  • Knowledge and experience of working with other social care services to achieve positive outcomes for Manchester citizens
  • Delivering a programme of work at pace

Position: Strategic Lead – Integrated Neighbourhood Social Work Teams and City-Wide Service – Adult Social Care
Salary: £68,094 to £73,532
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: 35 hours per week
Based: Town Hall Extension, Manchester, M60 2LA/Hybrid working
Closing Date: Sunday 10th March 2024
Assessment Date: TBC

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The Role

We are looking for an exceptional individual for this position who will report to the Assistant Director for Adult Social Care.

The Strategic Lead is responsible for strategically leading INT social work in localities and the City-Wide Care Homes Team, Review Team, Carers Team and Manchester Case Management Services, supporting the delivery of excellent social work/care and safeguarding services. This role collectively drives forwards continuous improvements and standards to keep our most vulnerable, well cared for and safe/protected.

The role holder will:

  • Be responsible for the provision of clinical/professional leadership to inform the strategic direction of social work/care in Manchester and have a significant role within the multiagency partnership arrangements across the city and GM.
  • Work to secure continuous improvement in standards of care, ensuring best practice is developed and responsible for quality and service improvement.
  • Take corporate accountability for the delivery of shared corporate responsibilities and provide credible, effective, and visible social work leadership.
  • Oversee the tracking of progress against statutory functions, national standards, and schedules, ensuring appropriate processes are in place.
  • Lead the provision of an efficient, effective, high-quality professional and well-coordinated set of services capable of meeting all statutory requirements with a multi-agency approach to social work and safeguarding.
  • Actively promoting relationships with key stakeholders to ensure high quality of services as part of effective, person-centered collaboration.

For more information on Manchester Safeguarding Partnership please visit our website: Manchester Safeguarding Partnership

The post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (amended in 2013). Appointable candidates will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Information provided by you, or the DBS will be dealt with in a confidential manner and in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice which can be viewed here. We have a policy on the Employment of Ex-Offenders, and it is available upon request.

This post is also subject to satisfactory references, proof of right to work in the UK in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and other pre-employment checks where applicable.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer, and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Download the Role Profile for more information about the role here.

Want to apply today or find out more?

If you think you’re the right person for the job, we’d love to hear from you.

You can apply online here.

Bernie Enright

Executive Director of Adult Services
“Our community health and adult social care teams have been integrated for the first time with the aim to improve outcomes by working together. 12 neighbourhood teams made up of GPs, mental health services, social care and other professionals are running in unison to provide better care and support for residents.”

Integration with our partners at the MLCO has brought community health and adult social care together as one team for the first time.

Adult Social Care has a clear pathway. From first contact and assessment to budget allocation, support planning and, finally, service provision and review. In Manchester, we have a range of adult social care professionals.

Social workers are responsible for a range of complex, statutory assessments and interventions. They are bound by professional registration and have ongoing training to ensure skills development. We’ve recently strengthened our social work roles, and ongoing recruitment is increasing our capacity.

Our Manchester Equipment and Adaptions Partnership (MEAP) has occupational therapists who carry out a vital role. They support disabled residents with equipment and adaptations for their homes, or through suitable rehousing.

Social workers and occupational therapists are responsible for rapid assessments, offering a range of solutions to help people improve independence. They also provide short-term interventions when people need a bit more care and support.

I’m proud of our many in-house services that meet the needs of our older and disabled residents. These include our Reablement Service (helping people back to independence), and Supported Accommodation. We also have a vibrant external care market including day care services, homecare and residential and nursing care.

Supporting my team and I are a fantastic range of additional services that contribute to the successful delivery of adult social care in an integrated health and care environment. We’re all stepping up to the challenge so we can make a real difference to people’s lives.

I hope this provides a quick overview of the work we do, and it would be fantastic if you want to be part of our exciting ongoing journey and come on board!

Manchester Local Care Organisation

How we work
MLCO is a pioneering public sector partnership organisation powered by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health, Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership and the Manchester Primary Care Partnership. We are part NHS, part local authority.

Around 4,000 staff that make up the city’s adult and children’s NHS community teams and adult social care teams are deployed to MLCO. They include district and community nurses, social workers, health visitors, therapists, care staff, support staff and many other health and care professionals.

Our mission statement is: leading local care, improving lives in Manchester, with you.

Learn more about MLCO.

Social Work

Why Manchester is different
Social Work in Manchester is unique. We are committed to developing and retaining our workforce to meet challenges and ensure that working with us is rewarding and enjoyable.

Adult Social Care delivers its services as part of the Manchester Local Care Organisation. We have clear guidelines around reflective supervision and Continuing Professional Development – supporting workers to be the best that they can be at all times.

We’re also transforming how we work in social care. Better Outcomes Better Lives (BOBL) is our long-term programme of practice-led change centred on achieving better life outcomes for the citizens of Manchester by working in a strength-based way.

Learn more about Social Work in Manchester

Learn more about BOBL

See what our staff have to say about working in Manchester

“Empowering, diverse, forward-thinking and a great place to work”. Watch our short video where our staff explain what working in Manchester is like.

Want to apply today or find out more?

If you think you’re the right person for the job, we’d love to hear from you.

You can apply online here.