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Advanced Practitioner

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Job Introduction

We are seeking to recruit an Advanced Practitioner to work within the First Contact Adult Social Care Team. This opportunity is a 6 month secondment initially. This opportunity is a 6 month secondment initially.

This key role will take responsibility for the working across Older People, Physical and Learning Disabilities, Hospital Discharge referrals via Home First and all age Carers assessments, as such we are seeking experienced Advanced Practitioners with a range of knowledge and skills across this broad agenda.

 Key responsibilities will include supervising and supporting the professional development of social workers and social care assessors. To manage unpredictable daily changes to work pattern, using initiative to organise daily duties whilst adhering to SCC policy and procedure to meet service demands, seeking guidance from the service lead when required. To be responsible for the Quality assurance of statutory documents and promoting and embed the ethos of “Just enough Support”.

If you have a desire to support the Local authority in developing our approach to supporting citizens at the first point of contact, this role could be for you.

Main Responsibility

Contributing to the development of best practice within the service.

Supervising and supporting the professional development of social work and non-social work qualified staff on the team as identified by the Operational Manager.

Manage unpredictable daily changes to work pattern, using initiative to organise daily duties whilst adhering to SCC policy and procedure to meet service demands seeking guidance from operational managers when required.

Ensure Flexibility and management of a healthy work life balance.

Ensure staff are motivated to successfully deliver objectives around adult engagement.

Take responsibility for the provision, of:

  • assessments under the Care Act inclusive of all statutory functions
  • participation on the inter-agency best interest assessor rota for adults
  • participation on the inter-agency AMHP rota

Quality assuring assessments undertaken by qualified by experience colleagues.

Co-working cases with less experienced or non-social work qualified members of the team and taking responsibility as part of that process for sharing and developing their learning.

To supervise staff to deliver high quality, timely assessments and reports in the agreed format for statutory requirements and any other forum as directed by the Operational Manager.

Responsible for the Quality assurance of statutory documents.

Promoting and supporting the identification of actual or potential safeguarding issues and ensuring that these are promptly acted upon in line with policy, procedure and legislative guidance.

Flexibility to work at any other location across the service, as and when required.

Availability to work out of hours, evenings and weekends.

The Ideal Candidate

 Relevant management experience 

Knowledge and experience of working  within Adult Social Care 

Knowledge and experience of applying the Mental Capacity Act assessments, Best Interest Assessments/DOLs.

Knowledge of mental health legislation including section 117.

Understanding of the principles of the different funding streams available to support adults.

Experience of working as part of a team, in developing the professional practice of colleagues.

For further information about this role please contact Tammy Drinkwater.

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

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