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Senior Practitioner

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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 23/09/2018 23:59
£35,229 to £38,052
Hours per week:
18.5 hours
Job Category:
Social Work/Care
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
23 Sep

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Senior Practitioner

Summary of Post

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Practitioner/AMHP to join a dedicated Recovery Team covering the South Gloucestershire Locality.

The Recovery Team is an integrated health and social care service providing collaborative interventions and care packages to promote and enable recovery for people with severe and/or enduring mental health problems.

You will be an experienced social worker committed to the delivery of high quality mental health services. You will:

• Offer specialist social care supervision, support and leadership to South Gloucestershire Recovery team members.
• Carry a small caseload of complex cases
• Deputise for the team manager in their absence
• Participate in the AMHP rota locally

You will be provided with support and supervision to carry out these responsibilities and have the opportunity to access training to meet the requirements for continuing professional development.

This post is permanent, part time 18.5 hours per week.

Interviews expected to take place on Thursday 4th October 2018.

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 deliver the service specification for the integrated service within the AWP Recovery Team.

To provide a high level of support for and supervision to Approved Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers and Health Care staff in relation to casework practice and decision making.

To lead the Social Workers and Health Care staff to meet the needs of those who have severe and enduring mental illness and their carers

To ensure the operation of the Mental Health Act Duty Service

To participate in the Mental Health Act duty rota.

To take a leading role in the implementation of safeguarding procedures.

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.


A recognised qualification in Mental Health or Social Work (DipSW. CQSW, or equivalent) and be registered with the appropriate professional body e.g. HCPC.

Qualification as an Approved Mental Health Professional

IT skills to use office systems and service user data base. To understand and use databases to audit, manage and refine service provided.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.


Post graduate management qualification is desirable or willingness to undertake management training.

AMHP Practice Assessor or willingness to train

Experience of working in a community setting with adults of working age who have mental health difficulties

Experience of working in a leadership role

Additional Information

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Ian Burgess, Recovery Team Manager on 0117 3784621 or John White, Mental Health and DoLS Team Manager on 01454865880 or email john.white@southglos.gov.uk.

This post is permanent, part time 18.5 hours per week.

Interviews expected to take place on Friday 5 October 2018.

This post is based at Kingswood Civic Centre, South Gloucestershire.


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

The nature of the duties of this post will 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.

Salary: £35,229 - £38,052

Hours: 18.5

Closing Date: 23 September 2018

Vacancy Ref: SA11003/833/SS

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.

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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