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INTERNAL ONLY - Advanced Social Worker, Adult Social Care

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 16/09/2019 12:00
Hours per week:
37 (Part-time maybe negotiable)
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
South Gloucestershire Council - Badminton Road, Kingswood and Southmead
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
16 Sep

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

This post is restricted to permanent and temporary employees of South Gloucestershire Council.

Should you wish to express an interest in this role please complete the expression of interest form attached detailing how you meet the criteria for this position and how you feel you can make it a success (submitted on no more than 2 A4 sides). This should be accompanied by a completed Direct Observation (template attached) and you CPD log. Once completed it please submit to the HRrecruitment@southglos.gov.uk, by mid-day on the 16/9/19.

Interviews will be held on the Thursday 3rd October.

Summary of Post

This is an exciting new opportunity to progress your career as a social worker within Adult Social Care (ASC). Under the supervision of the Senior Practitioner, the Advanced Social Worker (ASW) will continue to work directly with people in the most complex areas of work, and will also have specific additional role requirements. They work with a greater degree of autonomy, and will be seen as practice leaders in the team they work within. You will model best practice, and in line with legislation, policy and guidance, you will promote the wellbeing and dignity of service users enabling self-directed support and managing risk to ensure safety.

The Advanced Social Worker will have demonstrated a proactive approach to their own development and have a rich CPD portfolio. They will be likely to have completed training in a specialist role, such as Practice Educator, and/ or completed a course such as the Advanced Practice for Adults with Risk or other Post Qualifying qualification. They will maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, policy, practice and research both to inform practice and to contribute to the maintenance and development of quality services within the team.

We are running an initial one off pilot in ASC to offer the opportunity for up to 6 Social Workers and 2 Occupational Therapists to become permanent Advanced Hay 6 practitioners in October 2019. We will then evaluate this and decide if a rolling career progression scheme should be introduced from 2020.

The Advanced Social Worker Role is clearly described within the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) as follows:

"Advanced Social Workers have their practice recognised as exemplary, and provide leadership and professional wisdom to their colleagues and other
professionals for work in situations of high complexity. They continue to work directly with people who use services, and those who care for them, as well as families and communities. They provide constructive challenge to enhance practice, procedures and policies, promote innovation, and introduce new ways of working from recognised sites of excellence. They contribute to the development of knowledge and promotion of excellence in their field using evidence-informed practice. They make use of sophisticated, critical reasoning and both model and facilitate reflective and evidence informed practice.”
(BASW, Advanced Level Professional Capabilities)

The Advanced Social Worker will demonstrate excellent knowledge of our legislative frameworks and the application of those, as well as demonstrating good practice in line with guidance such as the Capabilities Statements for Social Workers in England who Work with Older People or Adults with Learning Disabilities. They will embody the council’s Behaviours Framework at Levels 2 and 3 and evidence that they practice at the Advanced Practitioner Level of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and that they are competent in the Knowledge and Skills Statements for Social Workers in Adult Services (KSS) for Social Workers.

There are additional role requirements for an Advanced Social Worker, which may include being a Practice Educator for students, or Practice Development Adviser for NQSWs, specialist rotas, or providing another statutory or specialist function. The Advanced Social Worker will take a leadership role in their specialist area, and will have an involvement in the quality assurance functions of the department. This is a condition of the ASW role, and should these additional roles cease, the person will return to their substantive role and pay and conditions as a Social Worker.

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:

The post holder will hold and manage a complex case-load (with guidance from the Senior Practitioner) where complex and sensitive issues are at stake. You will offer expert opinion within the organisation and to others, including those at a more senior level.

This will entail in-depth assessments and understanding of complex issues and needs in order to identify options for preventing the need for care, optimising the care that is needed and promoting wellbeing.

You will chair a range of meetings, offer expert support and produce high quality assessments and reports for a range of functions.

Effectively assessing and managing risk and requirements of individual service users and making recommendations. Following policy and process to investigate concerns and make recommendations in line with safeguarding policy.

Working collaboratively with partners and other agencies in order to develop and implement effective and holistic solutions to ensure operational practice achieves best outcomes for service users.

Championing good social work practice through role modelling, mentoring, supporting students and NQSWs, quality assurance processes, and leading the development of others.

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 expression of interest form.


1. Exemplifying the 9 PCF domains at Advanced Level and South Gloucestershire Council’s Behaviours Framework at Levels 2 and 3.

2. Evidence of excellence in social work practice and strengths-based working (both with people and their families and other professionals and partners).This will include effective communication and relationship building skills, including handling difficult and sensitive issues and experience of working with a broad range of people including families in a social care setting
3. Ability to mentor staff.


4. You will have achieved a relevant post-qualifying award.

5. Practice Educator qualification, Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) 1 and/ or PEPS 2.

6. Experience of leadership or strategic thinking in the improvement of social work practice (which might include being involved in projects, policy design, or innovating a new way of working).

The process
Requirements to apply for progression

In order for a Social Worker / Occupational Therapist to progress to Advanced, their written Application Form will need to demonstrate:

• A minimum of 2 years post qualification experience.
• Evidence of meeting the essential (and desirable where possible) criteria for the role of Advanced Social Worker or Advanced Occupational Therapist in South Gloucestershire Council.
• A clear commitment to Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
• No current sanctions on file and are not currently subject to any management, disciplinary or capability procedures.

Procedure for progression to or appointment to Advanced Social Worker / Occupational Therapist

1. Discuss and agree with line manager whether criteria is met for progression to Advanced level.

2. Provide a written expression of interest to demonstrate essential (and desirable where possible) criteria from Hay 6 role profile and evidence practicing at the Advanced Practitioner Level of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and competence in the Knowledge and Skills Statements for Social Workers in Adult Services (KSS); or Level 6 on the Four Pillars of the Royal College of OT Career Development Framework for OTs.

3. Submit Continuous Professional Development portfolio.

4. Direct Observation Report completed by line manager & submitted with application paperwork.

5. Manager signs application form and CPD portfolio to verify evidence and demonstrate support.

6. Attend a progression interview which will consist of a minimum of two Managers (usually made up of a Service Manager / Team Manager and the Principal Social Worker / Occupational Therapist).

7. The progression interview will include questions regarding current advanced practice against the relevant professional competency / skills framework.

8. The decision of the progression interview panel will be based on the application (including the views of the applicant’s current line manager) and answers to interview questions. Decisions will be fed back to the applicant by a panel member and there will be an opportunity for developmental feedback as part of this process.

9. Decisions will be made based on resource levels in teams and it may be necessary to agree a move to another team to facilitate the progression.

10. If employees are unsuccessful, any further development required will be discussed between the individual and their line manager.

11. Where an individual who has become an Advanced Social Worker / Occupational Therapist through this scheme becomes subject to Managing Employee Performance procedures, their Advanced Hay 6 grade will be reviewed and where appropriate, they may be reverted to the Hay 7 grade.

Additional Information

DBS: 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).
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.

The contact details are:
Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle: If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

For an informal discussion please contact Hannah Scaife, Principal Social Worker. Telephone 01454 866352. Email Hannah.Scaife@southglos.gov.uk

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

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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