Lincolnshire County Council

Welcome to the Employer Profile Page of Lincolnshire County Council. Here you can see the key data, learn about the culture and meet the managers of the organisation before applying for a job in either its children’s and adults’ social work departments.

Alongside making a difference to the lives of families in Lincolnshire, we are sharing best practice and driving innovation as an improvement partner to other authorities. And our people are at the heart of this progress. That is why from tailored in-house training to the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership, we make sure they have access to the best development opportunities. Our work is changing lives. If you share our passion for making a difference to children, young people and families. I would be delighted if you joined us.

ADULTS’ SERVICES

We support you:

  • older people
  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with physical disabilities and sensory impairment
  • people with mental health needs

We are responsible for ensuring the most vulnerable adults in our community and their family/informal carers are kept safe. And that they are provided with support to meet their needs.

 

Like all local authorities, we face challenges, but we are proud we’ve continued to provide good quality services to the people of Lincolnshire. In fact, the budget for adult care has grown to ensure vital services are protected for our elderly population. We don’t rest on our laurels however and continue to strive for more creative ways of improving services and relationships with other partners, such as the NHS and care providers.

Our role:

Adult care is in the business of people. People have challenges in their lives, but they also have success, strengths, aspirations and goals. The role of adult care is to understand who the people we work with are, what is important to them, what they aspire to be and what they want to change.

 

Our role is to build a relationship with people, understand what they wish to achieve and support them to have the best possible outcomes in their lives.

Our involvement isn’t about time spent, forms filled in or services commissioned. Our involvement is  about making a difference to people’s lives by listening, empowering, understanding and working together to help them be active participants in their support.

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Recognising your strengths:

We want to support people to recognise their own strengths so that they can be active members of their communities and have ownership of their health and care.

 

We want to empower people to be confident in making choices about their own care, taking control of their health needs and being part of their community, and to help people get the most from life.

Our people

“The council’s ASYE programme is well run and gave me invaluable training opportunities to prepare me for my career ahead.” – Elysia Tairu.  Click here to keep reading.

“I love the fast pace nature of this work and the ability to work in an integrated environment.” Michael Brain.

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“Social work is a varied, demanding, and often emotional, but it is a very rewarding career, and during the past year, we have had to be creative and adapt to new ways of working,” says Pauline Johnson. Keep reading here.

Our values

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Lincolnshire is a big place, so we have teams across the county all focused on working with their local communities. Our dedicated teams work with adults of all ages to make life better, support people through challenges and to safeguard the vulnerable members of those communities.

Wherever they are based, our teams are close knit groups that help and support each other. They are made up of a range of professional disciplines, each bringing a wealth of skills and experiences. Click here to read more.

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The world of adult social care is constantly evolving and changing, and we have to make sure we keep up.

We  invest in our staff’s professional development to make sure you are supported to remain up to date with all the changes. But don’t just take our word for it; our staff say that our training, professional development opportunities and protected continuous professional development (CPD) time are one of the most attractive things about working for Lincolnshire County Council. Click here to keep reading.

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Lincolnshire’s wellbeing strategy is structured into priorities, designed to ensure staff are happy in their roles. These priority areas and how they are operationalised are listed below:

Employee Health: personal wellbeing and resilience, work demands, change management, employee voice, effective leadership, positive relationships.

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 Gain more insight into working at Lincolnshire County Council’s adults’ services through the range of articles based on the experiences of social workers. For more, click here.

Key information

Find the key information on Lincolnshire below

level 1: £27,905 – £31,371,
level 2: £31,371 – £34,788,
advanced practitioner: £34,788 – £38,813,
practice supervisor: £38,813 – £43,662,
team manager: £50,430 – £55,503

6.2% compared to 16.5% England (at 30 September 2018)

9.7% compared to 15.2% England (at 30 September 2018)

4% compared to 15.4% England (at 30 September 2018).

One of the most affordable places in the country with average house prices on average 35% lower than the national average. £128,924 – £251,584 (Rightmove 2019)

Ninety percent of our schools are rated outstanding or good and we have two growing universities, both of which have achieved gold awards for their teaching excellence.

Offering a range of discounts and employee benefits

The salaries are expressed as the full time equivalents and per annum

  • Community care officer level 1: £20,344 – £22,911
  • Community care officer level 2: £25,295 – £27,905
  • Social worker level 1: £27,905 – £31,371
  • Social worker level 2: £31,171 – £34,788
  • Occupational therapist level 1: £27,905 – £31,371
  • Occupational therapist level 2: £31,171 – £34,788
  • Qualified practitioner level 1: £27,905 – £31,371
  • Qualified practitioner level 2: £31,171 – £34,788
  • Advanced practitioner: £34, 788 – £38,813
  • Lead practitioner: £50,430 – £55,503
  • A competitive salary
  • Protected CPD time
  • Flexible working policies
  • Career progression opportunities
  • An annual leave entitlement of up to 28 days plus the option to buy more
  • Payment of your annual professional fees
  • ASYE programme for newly qualified social workers
  • Defined benefit pension scheme
  • Comprehensive learning and development opportunities
  • Car loan and lease scheme
  • Career development pathway
  • Paid mileage
  • Pool car scheme available
  • Comprehensive staff discount scheme

The benefits of working in Lincolnshire extend beyond the tangible rewards. We have already looked at the lifestyle benefits, but we also believe that wellbeing and a good work-life balance are an integral part of our offer. Lincolnshire has a comprehensive set of policies aimed at supporting an employee’s work-life balance by supporting agile and homeworking.

Flexible working can mean a lot of different things to different people. Lincolnshire has a comprehensive set of policies aimed at supporting an employee’s work-life balance. Lincolnshire aims to support agile and homeworking as and when it suits employees’ needs. Click here to find more about the initiatives Lincolnshire County Council supports.

Lincolnshire’s wellbeing strategy is structured into priorities, designed to ensure staff are happy in their roles. These priority areas and how they are operationalised are listed in the link here.

CHILDREN’S SERVICES

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When starting a new job, it is important to know where it fits into the local authority and how your role fits within your team.

Lincolnshire has a wide range of specialist teams:

  • Family Assessment and Support Team (FAST)
  • Fostering
  • Adoption
  • Children with disability
  • Looked-after children teams
  • Emergency duty

Social workers are based across the county, with a family assessment and support team in each location. Social workers are responsible for child-in-need, child protection and court work.

The approach to locations for employees is flexible, with the council working with the employee to help find the best base for them.

There is a clear structure in place for each team and each level of social worker within it, as visualised below.

Our people

“I joined Lincolnshire County Council in September 2017, and came in as a practice supervisor from another authority. I knew I always wanted to work for Lincolnshire, ever since taking up a role here while studying to become a social worker.” – Laura Bonner. Click below to read more.

“For some of our children, the relationships they form with the staff are the only safe and secure ones they develop.” – Gemma Benson. Click here to keep reading.

Our Offer

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Lincolnshire was an early adopter of Signs of Safety – an innovative, strengths-based, solutions-focused approach to working with families.

There is regular Signs of Safety training in Lincolnshire, and Signs of Safety leads throughout the service to help support new starters who may be less familiar with the approach. The aim is to continue to develop the practice for those who are looking to grow their career here. Click the link for more.

Social workers looking to progress their careers in the profession can take advantage of Lincolnshire County Council’s alliance with The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership (SYTP). Click here to keep reading.

LIVING IN LINCOLNSHIRE

Getting around Lincolnshire is easy when you know how. Click here on Amanda’s story and the links below to find out more.

Amanda's story

“You’re always going to feel nervous moving 200 miles to somewhere new. But any anxieties I had have been completely allayed! I’m Amanda, a supervising social worker at Lincolnshire County Council and I’ve been part of the team since September 2017.

Transport in and around Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire does not have an airport but Stansted and Doncaster Sheffield airports are a stone’s throw from the county’s borders. Onward travel is then easy thanks to the fantastic public transport network.

While Lincolnshire does not have a major motorway, there are plenty of easy routes into the county from whichever direction you travel and will also allow you to enjoy the picturesque scenery.

The county is lucky to have one of the most important road networks flowing through sections of Lincolnshire. The A1 remains an important road for the county’s many businesses but it is also aiding thousands of travellers and visitors. The A1 is ideal for northern or southern visitors to use before navigating the county’s many A roads to get to the coast or pretty towns.

Lincolnshire is also lucky to have one of the country’s main railway lines skimming the county. Visitors are able to get off at Grantham Station and then pick up another train to explore the rest of the county. Alternatively, visitors are able to hop off at Peterborough, in nearby Cambridgeshire, and then catch the Lincoln train, which stops off at Spalding and Sleaford.

The county is served by several major bus companies. National Express runs a regular bus from London to Skegness plus there are numerous other routes onto Lincolnshire’s other towns.

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