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INTERNAL ONLY - Senior Practitioner Post Hospital Team

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part Time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Part Time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 24/08/2019 23:59
£35,934-£38,813 pro rata
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Employment Location:
Southmead Hospital
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Job details 

Closing date:
24 Aug

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Senior Practitioner

Summary of Post

As one of a number of Senior Practitioners you will provide support and supervision to Social Work or Occupational Therapy staff, and other associated staff in relation to social care assessments, support plans and safeguarding, practice and decision making.

In this senior role you will also assist the Team Manager in the day to day management of the team including prioritisation and allocation of work. On occasion you may be required to deputise for the Team Manager, with support from other Team Managers.

You will have a key role in ensuring agreed performance and quality standards are achieved across the team and in ensuring working practices meet statutory and local requirements that optimise outcomes for service users. You may also be required to chair strategy and review meetings.

You will provide recommendations including implementation of reablement or use of Telecare, and/or equipment to promote independence, and where required support implementation and monitoring of benefit to service users.

As an experienced worker you will keep your professional skills and knowledge of legislation and practice up to date, and will have a role in developing professional practice in the team. You may be required to act as practice educator to qualifying and newly qualified staff.

Should you wish to express an interest in this role please complete the expression of interest form detailing how you meet the criteria for this position. This should be returned to Lynne Guest by 5pm on 24/08/2019.

If you are interested in applying for this position please download and complete an Expression of Interest form.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

To be part of the integrated Discharge service based in the hospital you will be required to work with partner organisations to progress and facilitate discharges from the hospital setting , you will be expected to identify when a care act assessment and intervention from the local Authority is required and report and manage the demand for the service.

To supervise and/or assist in the management and motivation of a team of staff, giving guidance, advice and feedback as appropriate.

Using specialist knowledge and expertise to provide a high level of support and supervision, proving advice and guidance to colleagues ensuring case work decisions are made in accordance with agreed procedures and professional standards.

Take a lead in a specialist area of work or service or service development. Undertake specialist or complex casework where appropriate.

Contribute to the development of services, the meeting of targets and the identification and facilitation of changes of direction ensuring that work is delivered on schedule.

Work in partnership across the sectors to deliver services, give advice and support to internal and external service providers. This will ensure that information and good practice is shared and that communication is effective.

Within the relevant service area ensure that cases are managed within accordance with the Safeguarding procedures for vulnerable people.

Ensure records are kept in accordance with professional standards and prepare and present reports on cases and issues.

Contribute to the determination of budgets and the allocation of funds. If relevant: contribute to commissioning.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Recognised and relevant professional qualification e.g. DipSW, CQSW, CSS , OT. Diploma and /or degree. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Considerable relevant post qualifying experience in a social care setting and experience of dealing with complex cases.

Evidence of on-going continuous professional development and a thorough knowledge of current legislation and practice relating to social care.

Evidence of skills, knowledge and experience to be able to assess and manage risk

Supervisory skills and experience of providing supervision of casework.

IT skills to use client data system (training given where necessary).

Effective communication and relationship building skills

Experience of allocation and prioritisation of work to optimise service efficiency, skills and experience of the team and service user outcomes.

You will undertake the role of Practice Educator in terms of assessing, developing and mentoring student and newly qualified Staff.


Qualified Best Interest Assessor

Experience of implementing change effectively

Experience of working in a hospital or acute health setting facilitating discharges back to the community and understanding the complexity of discharge planning.

Additional Information

About the Team

The Hospital Promoting Independence Team is based in Southmead hospital and also works into the community to review and provide ongoing services until individuals are ready to be transferred.

The team will provide a timely assessment, support planning and service procurement to people that are ready to be safely discharged from Hospital. The team uses a promoting independence approach ensures that the social, health and welfare needs of adults in South Gloucestershire are met in line with Departmental Strategic objectives.

The team works collaboratively with each other and with external partners to deliver strategic, tactical and operational adult social care services.

Parking is supported as this post requires an essential car user.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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