Leicester City Council launches recruitment drive to attract social care staff

Leicester City Council is kicking off 2019 with a new recruitment drive for social care staff and is encouraging those keen to take the next step in their careers to work in one of the biggest and most diverse cities in the East Midlands.

Vacancies available include a part-time Reablement Assistant (ICRS) – a role that involves responding to any social care crisis as part of the 24-7 Integrated Crisis Response Service (ICRS) within the service user’s home and a full-time Care Management Officer (ICRS) who will work in a Crisis Response Service and will receive referrals, carry out response work, complete assessments, monitor and review cases.

Leicester City Council is also looking to recruit level 2 to 3 Social Workers  to provide quality social worker services to children and their families in Leicester, based on the policies and objectives of the Children’s Social Care and Early Help/Learning Services.

The benefits of a career in social care at Leicester City Council include good quality training, with opportunities for leaning and development, including personal and professional development. The council is also focused on the wellbeing of staff and supports flexible and agile working including flexi-time (flexibility over the working day), part-time working, job sharing, hot desking and home working.

Ruth Lake, a divisional director in adult social care at Leicester City Council says,

“Working in social care is very rewarding as social workers support people in some of their toughest moments, whether their challenges are disability, illness or another major issue. From a career perspective, the work is varied, and you are constantly evolving into dynamic areas. One of the many benefits of working with Leicester City Council is the supportive management structure and the many opportunities for personal and career development.”

“Leicester is ideally located in the centre of the country with great transport links, and it has a wonderful diverse culture.  The city has also been regenerated with great housing and leisure facilities throughout the city and the county. We encourage anyone working in this field that is looking for a fresh challenge in a vibrant and stimulating environment to apply,” adds Ms Lake.

Leicester City Council is part of a recently launched recruitment campaign Y/Our Future that unites five major health and social care employers – University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, LOROS Hospice, Rutland County Council and Leicester City Council – to recruit doctors, nurses and health and social care workers to work in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Y/Our Future aims to promote Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as a leading career destination for health and social care professionals, with great career and lifestyle opportunities.

Case study – Joanne Dyke, principle social worker for adult care at Leicester City Council

Joanne has worked in social work for 25 years in various roles. Her current role at Leicester City Council involves ensuring the council has the right support and arrangements for promoting the practice of excellent social work. Joanne also focuses her time on quality assurance, improving the work of both individuals and teams.

Originally Joanne trained in London and relocated back to Leicester due to personal reasons. For Joanne, Leicester offered a good opportunity and she has now been living in the area for 19 years along with her family. Joanne now consider Leicester “more of her home than anywhere”.

Joanne says,

“I chose social work as I wanted to make a difference and to see the changes you can do with individuals. Leicester City is a great place to work in social care as there are a wide range of career options to pursue and the council invests in staff with lots of learning and professional development opportunities. Leicester City is also first in the East Midlands to be offering social worker apprenticeships.

“The beauty of living in Leicester is we have close links to London and the countryside on the doorstep, as well as parks and excellent schools. In terms of culture, there has been a massive amount of money spent redeveloping Leicester City and it offers a fantastically diverse culture,” adds Joanne.

Leicester City Council is one of Leicester’s largest employers with more than 12,000 staff, responsible for delivering all local government services to people living in Leicester.

For more information on the vacancies visit: https://www.your-future.co.uk/