Support Worker at Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust (Sponsorship Available)

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust are currently seeking competent and compassionate Support Workers to join them. Applications from individuals who meet the requirements are highly welcome.

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) integrates staff and services from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, forming one of the largest NHS providers in the UK. Established in 2016 and formalized in October 2021, NCA serves over a million people in Salford, Oldham, Rochdale, and Bury, with around 20,000 dedicated staff. Patients receive integrated health and social care services at home, in the community, or at Salford Royal Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, or Fairfield General Hospital. NCA is committed to enhancing local health through collaboration with partner organizations.

Position: Social Worker

Salary: £34,834 – £41,418 per annum

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Salford, UK

About the Role

They are exploring new ways of working with adults with Autism and this has allowed us to create an exciting new role. The role is a developmental opportunity, and the role holder will work with citizens with lived experience of Autism. As well as creating new ways of working and developing/delivering training on how to assess and achieve positive outcomes with Autistic people. The role holder will be expected to become a champion, share good practice, and support workers with the assessment and support planning process.

If you have a passion for supporting people with Autism and want to take a lead role then this could be the post for you

Main Duties

Caseload management

  • To undertake social care assessments and reviews that promote independence, improve well-being, and ensure outcomes are being met.
  • To produce and agree a support plan, if required, with individuals and their carers/families which acknowledges the strengths within their current situation and any additional support which will enable to them to remain as independent as possible.
  • To encourage individual choice and participation in service planning and to ensure that the person’s needs are understood by service providers.
  • To help resolve conflicts between individuals, carers and/or services.
  • To develop knowledge of community led support, building relationships with service providers and voluntary groups to ensure there is support available for people to access and/or purchase to meet their desired outcomes.
  • To support individuals to identify and utilise their informal network of support.
  • To calculate personal budgets and explore Direct Payments as part of the assessment of need.
  • Maintain clear, accurate, legible, and up to date records, documenting how you have arrived at your decisions within specified timescales when required.
  • To work closely with social care/multi-disciplinary colleagues to support individuals in the community and seek appropriate support from these colleagues as required.
  • To offer a timely and proportionate social work response.
  • To respond to and make enquires into safeguarding concerns.
  • To work to the principles of Making Safeguarding Personal and adhere to local and national safeguarding policies and procedures.

Organisational and Professional development

  • To contribute to and participate in the general development of the team in which you are located.
  • To contribute to the development of services that benefit people in Salford through specialised roles and project work.
  • To undertake training courses that contribute to your professional development and meet the needs of the organisation such as, Practice Educator and Best Interest Assessor.
  • To contribute to the learning of others by supporting and mentoring students, newly qualified social workers, apprentices, and other learners on the team.
  • To undertake continuous professional development as required to maintain your Social Work England registration.
  • To ensure your practice remains current by monitoring national updates and ensuring compliance with mandatory training.

Integrated Care

  • To play an effective role within Integrated Services, representing a social work perspective at multi-agency meetings.
  • To attend multi-disciplinary meetings on the allocated caseload or duty as required by the advanced Practitioner/Team Manager. These include discharge planning meetings in hospitals, self-neglect meetings, safeguarding meetings
  • To recognize and value other disciplines and specialist perspectives and work positively with others, contributing to teamwork and collaborative support.
  • Maintain an awareness changing policy, political and professional contexts at local and national level and take account of these in the workplace.
  • Explore, identify, and communicate to leaders how organisational practice can improve to support better social work practice and outcomes.


  • Possession of a recognised Social Work qualification; Degree, CQSW, CSS, Dip SW or equivalent.
  • You must hold a current registration with the Social Work England.

Skills, knowledge & experience

  • You must clearly evidence an understanding of the principles and values underlying the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other relevant legislation.
  • You must clearly evidence your ability to develop effective working relationships with service users and their carers’ and show evidence of good assessment practice.
  • You must clearly evidence an understanding of the integration agenda and the promotion of independence (enablement) model of health and social care.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of personalisation and a person centred approach.
  • You must clearly evidence that you have the ability to maintain accurate records and to communicate complex information clearly and concisely both verbally and in written form.
  • You must clearly evidence that you have a clear understanding of the social work role in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop effective working relationships with other professionals and colleagues.
  • Possess skills of negotiation, mediation and de-escalation – seeking constructive approaches to problem solving.
  • Experience of working with adults/older people.
  • Have a good standard of computer skills.

Desirable criteria

  • You have additional qualifications; Best Interest Assessors; AMHP; Practice Educator; Post Qualifying courses or other professional development qualifications.
  • You can evidence an innovative approach to the development of new methods of working to support people in the community.
  • You can show knowledge of relevant Welfare Rights Legislation.
  • You can show knowledge of the recent Government Guidelines.


  • Visa Sponsorship with the NCA: Here at the NCA we welcome applicants who are non-UK and ROI citizens. If you are a non-UK or ROI citizen, please read this additional information on right to work status in the UK. If your visa type is not listed below, please use the ‘Check if you need a visa’ tool.
  • Competitive pay
  • Opportunities for growth

Required Documents

  1. CV/Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Application Process

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Application Deadline

July 16, 2024

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