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Salary, support and wellbeing

Norfolk County Council is a great place to progress your career, practice creatively and achieve your ideal work-life balance.

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There are brilliant opportunities for social workers and therapists in Norfolk, in a wide range of challenging and rewarding roles at all levels.

Salary, pension and annual leave

  • Salary - from £34,834 to £45,422 per annum
  • Up to £10,000 relocation package (subject to eligibility/qualifying conditions)
  • Interest free loan scheme, subject to qualifying conditions
  • Welcome payment of £2,000 for experienced social workers, experienced occupational therapists, team managers and practice consultants new to working in adult social care in Norfolk from 1 September 2022
  • Recognition payments
  • An award-winning career average pension scheme that gives you an additional 15.5% towards your contribution
  • Opportunity to join Norfolk Rewards for discounts at a host of retailers
  • Generous annual leave entitlement of between 32 and 39 days per year (including bank holidays)
  • Access to services that support your health and wellbeing
  • Social workers benefit from our teaching partnership with the University of East Anglia and complete funded modules towards MA level qualifications in Advanced Social Work
  • Newly qualified and returning occupational therapists join our preceptorship programme for the first 18 months

Support to help you thrive in your new role

  • Comprehensive departmental induction program for all new starters
  • Bespoke in-depth six-month induction programme for experienced social workers to support you to settle into your new role
  • Clear career pathways and excellent development opportunities to support your career progression. We are part of the Suffolk and Norfolk Teaching Partnership for social work, including the University of East Anglia (UEA) for both non-accredited and accredited learning opportunities. Monthly learning and development bulletins will keep you up to date with the learning opportunities available.
  • A half-day of protected time per month for continuing professional development and training for all social workers and occupational therapists
  • A wide range of policy and guidance to help inform your practice with quick reference guides to support you day to day, and full policies at your fingertips covering different aspects of social care
  • Reflective practice policy, designed to provide support for your reflective practice sessions
  • Managers and senior leaders who are there to support you with any tough decisions you have to make
  • A supportive senior leadership team and executive director who are accessible to you, holding regular information sessions on the latest updates and the opportunity to ask questions about what's important to you
  • Dedicated back-office support from our Living Well officers to help explore resources and find services in the local community
  • Excellent Assessed and Supported Year of Employment programme (ASYE) for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW)
  • 18 month programme of support, development, and assessment to support occupational therapists who are either newly qualified, new to working in social care, or who are returning to practice

Smarter, flexible working

  • Flexible approach about when and where you work for a better work-life balance
  • Creative use of office space and technology for more effective ways of doing things in a modern and business-like way
  • Leading edge technology, high spec equipment and robust software to make working wherever and supporting people and families as seamless as possible

Collaborative working

  • Integrated working with the opportunity to build strong working relationships with professionals across the County Council, NHS, police, local hospitals, care providers, charitable organisations, community resources and other partners