Social care casual bank

Find out how to sign up to our social care casual bank.

1 About the social care casual bank

The social care casual bank is an in-house service used when there is a need for additional support on an ad-hoc basis.

It is used by our teams across children’s and adults' social care services and our occupational therapy teams.

Whether you have lots of experience in different teams, are a specialist in a particular area or if you're still finding your feet, the bank could be the right opportunity for you.

Our bank offers you flexibility to work when it suits you, so is perfect if you have other priorities that your work needs to fit around.

Whatever it is you’re looking for, joining the casual bank is a great way to combine paid work with total flexibility. You will receive an induction, as well as being paid the same rate as our contracted staff.

Read about the experiences of two of our casual bank workers.

Some examples of assignments that have been completed by staff on the social care casual bank include:

  • special guardianship assessments
  • emergency duty team
  • viability assessments
  • comprehensive assessments
  • together or apart assessments
  • out of county visits
  • completion of S.7 and S.37 reports
  • adopter assessments
  • needs assessments of adopted children
  • pre-birth assessments
  • step parent adoption assessments
  • MASH enquiries
  • Form F assessments
  • life story work
  • assessment reviews
  • safeguarding enquiries
  • mental capacity act assessments.

Once you have completed all of the necessary pre-employment checks and mandatory induction, including Mosaic (database) training, you will then be sent any new assignments that managers have submitted to the casual bank.

If you are interested in completing an assignment, there will be a discussion between you and the manager or case holding social worker to explain the details and ensure the assignment is suitable for you.

The first day of your assignment will be confirmed and the casual bank coordinator will arrange your IT access/hardware and access door token.

2 Occupational therapy

We are currently accepting applications and assignments in these occupational therapy roles:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Assessment Officer

Find out more about working in occupational therapy at West Sussex County Council.

“The casual bank allows me flexibility so that life comes first. It allows me to do the job that I trained for and not get involved in the politics that sneak up on you when in a permanent role. Work has become enjoyable again with a better work/life balance.” Occupational Therapist (part of the casual bank since November 2018.)

3 Adult social work

We are currently accepting applications and assignments in these adult social work roles:

  • Social Worker
  • Assistant Care Manager

Find out more about working in adult social work at West Sussex County Council.

"The casual bank gives me the flexibility that I need as a working mum and student. I am able to choose the days I can work and at the same time fit in my university work. It also gives me the opportunity to gain experience in different work settings as I have the opportunity to take new contracts without having to go through the application process." Assistant Care Manager (part of the casual bank since February 2019.)

4 Children’s social work

We are currently accepting applications and assignments in these children’s social work roles:

  • Social Worker

Find out more about working in children's social work at West Sussex County Council.

"I enjoy the flexibility that working for the casual bank service provides and it is excellent for work life balance. I've had the opportunity to undertake a variety of work with different children's teams/services and service users." Children's social worker (part of the casual bank since September 2018).
Last updated:
30 March 2020
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