When you practice in Milton Keynes, you join a local authority with an innovative approach to social work and strong support ethos. £34.00 per hour.
Your new company
When you practice in Milton Keynes, you join a local authority with an innovative approach to social work and strong support ethos. Hays are excited to work in partnership with this fantastic council and are recruiting for a Senior Practitioner within the Older People and Physical Disability Services
Your new role
You will be an experienced, qualified and registered social worker, who deputises in the absence of the Team Manager, and assists them in the professional management and leadership of the team whilst ensuring an effective, responsive enquiry, referral and assessment (Community Care Act s47 and other relevant legislation) service is provided to all people wishing to access adult social care. There is also a commitment to holding more complex cases on an individual basis.
To achieve this you will:
- Monitor referrals received by the team ensuring they are responded to within agreed timescales.
- Monitor and report of the activities of the team, agreeing and authorising outcomes regarding social work assessments and care plans, to ensure service users and carers needs are met in accordance with assessed need.
- Be professional and personal development of the team, in order that staff develop professionally and in accordance with General Social Care Council registration requirements and the performance management policies of the local authority
- Co-ordinate work, providing professional support, allocation of work and the monitoring of case loads and support to social workers.
- Conduct assessment, manage and hold those cases with more complex, specialist needs.
- Represent the local authority at meetings across social care and health, third sector and the wider community in agreement with the team manager. This is to represent the council; ensuring decisions made are in accordance with local authority policies and procedures, national legislation and/ or local guidance. This will have the effect of more efficient use of resources, leading to improved outcomes for service users and their families.
- Be supportive of multi disciplinary work, encouraging effective team working, which leads to improved service user and carer outcomes
- Risk assess and manage all safeguarding adult alerts, with the intention of them being dealt with in the most productive, appropriate manner.
What you'll need to succeed
The role engages and supports very closely with professional practice and accountability of all team members, of which there are an average of 15 in a team, in ensuring decisions are made in line with professional codes of practice, and that risk taking for service users and their families is well managed
- Professional Social Work Qualification i.e. CQSW, CSS, Dip SW, BA ( Hons ) in Social Work
- Evidence of Successful Post Qualification Training i.e. Consolidation to Practice Award and Vulnerable Adults award ( or similar )
- Ability to uphold the Code of Practice of the General Social Care Council, both as an individual and supporting social workers in the team to adhere to them.
- Able to assess and case manage people with complex health problems.
- Understanding of the complexity of care provision and its impact upon carers and service users.
- Being familiar and confident in understanding with the wide range of adult social care and rehabilitation/reablement services.
- Good communicator with ability and influence to establish and maintain positive and supportive relationships with social care, health colleagues and the public.
- Able to find solutions to individual and team problems with limited direction
- To risk assess and manage all safeguarding adult alerts , with the intention of them being dealt with in the most productive , appropriate manner.
- To advise and be supportive of social workers practice in adult protection ensuring policies and procedures are followed.
- To support social workers in the assessment and risk management of cases.
- Report change and development issues in adult social care and adult protection to senior managers.
- To support the team manager in promoting and responding positively to change, seeking continuous improvement.
- Commitment and Enthusiasm to promote a high standard of care across the team and all client groups.
- Able to work without direction, on own initiative, demonstrating effective problem solving skills across all professional boundaries.
- An ability to work under pressure, organise schedules and prioritise work commitments.
- Ability to work and influence other practitioners in the team, adult social care, promoting good standards of care and multi disciplinary practice.
- Knowledge of staff supervision and training models. Able to supervise, motivate and support others in the co-ordination of their work
- To organise care within available resources and policies and procedures of the council and adult social care.
What you'll get in return
You will get the chance to experience a rewarding, interesting environment alongside an attractive hourly rate.
What you need to do now
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