Jamie-Leigh - Social Worker

How long have you been in your job and what did you do before?

Before working as a Social Worker I worked for 10 years as a Teaching Assistant and ran my own business as a Childminder. I had always been interested in becoming a Social Worker and when the time was right I applied to study a Social Work Masters degree and qualified in 2019. I gained employment as a Care and Support Practitioner in Adult Services at RCT Council whilst I was awaiting my qualification certificates and then transitioned from this post into a Social Worker post in the same team.

What does your job involve and what is a typical day like?

My job as a social worker involves working with adults in the community to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. I visit people on a daily basis, talk with them about what is important to them, and I support them to develop goals – which we call outcomes; that they wish to achieve. My role is very diverse and I work with adults of all ages. I support their transition into adulthood from children’s services; I support people with learning disabilities to access opportunities in the community. I also support people when they are discharged form hospital.

My main role is to discuss with people what they wish to achieve and what is important to them and to provide support to enable them to reach these outcomes. This may involve other services such as care agencies, care homes and volunteer agencies.

What’s the best thing/s about your job?

The best thing about being a Social Worker is the interaction with people living in the community. Supporting people to be as independent as possible and to achieve the things that matter to them.

What attracted you to apply for a job with RCT Council?

I applied for a job with RCT Council as this is where I live and I feel that I understand the people who live in the same community as me.

What positives have you experienced in your career with RCT Council?

Since working in RCT Council I have been encouraged and guided by a very supportive team to develop my skills and knowledge. I have had the opportunity to take part in many training events and to progress with my professional development.

What is the best thing about working for RCT Council?

The best thing about working for RCT Council is the ethos. I feel that I am supported by other team members and feel confident in my role as a Social Worker in this local authority.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying for a job in social care at RCT Council?

I would encourage people to apply for a social care post in RCT council.

What are the benefits of speaking Welsh in your job role?

I am a Welsh Speaker and I have been approached to complete a carers assessment through the medium of Welsh. I think it is worthwhile learning to speak Welsh as this can improve the service you are able to deliver to people in the community.