Adult Social Care -Practice Leadership roles

Senior Social Worker (Grade 9 SCP 31-36)

As a Senior Social Worker you will be expected to provide expert and effective Social Work practice in complex situations, assessing and managing higher levels of risk, striking a balance between support and control, liaising with a wide range of professionals, including more senior levels. You will be expected to manage complex caseloads, and offer expert opinion within the organisation and to others.

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Practice Development Social Worker (Grade 9 SCP 31-36)

As a Practice Development Social Worker you will act as a leader from within the Practice Development Team. You will be responsible for actively promoting high quality practice across Adult Social Care, by providing practical support to front line staff and managers. The Practice Development Social Worker will co - ordinate practice development through building positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders. Managed by the Principal Social Worker you will take the lead on the work programmes for student social work placements, Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) and also support the wider social care workforce in improving the quality of social work practice and learning and development opportunities.

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Vanessa MatthewsPractice Development Social Worker (The Practice Development team) 2018

"My role is wide and varied; however, it primarily entails the coordination of the Gloucestershire County Council Adult ASYE programme in Gloucestershire. This includes liaising regularly with Skills for Care, monitoring and providing support to NQSW’s and assessors to ensure the required standards are being met. I love the diversity of my role and especially enjoy working with NQSW’s being able to be involved in facilitating their growth and development, knowing the core values of social work are being up held.

I am also involved in working with the Gloucestershire University. I facilitate 1:1 reflective supervisions and practice development sessions for NQSW’s and facilitate support workshops for assessors. As well as the above responsibilities I am also involved in undertaking direct observations for staff training to be practice supervisors educators and regularly get involved in facilitating sessions to support social workers continued professional development. "


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