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Senior Practitioner - Frimley Park Hospital Team - HCC17380

£32,752 - £36,862 per annum, plus an additional £3,000 per annum, pro rata

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Applications and/or CVs will be reviewed soon after their submission. Potential applicants are therefore encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Role:

Are you an experienced social worker passionate about working with people to promote independence, dedicated to making a difference? You may be looking for a career change with progression and development. We are eager to hear from you!

Working at Frimley Park Hospital, an outstanding CQC rated site, Hampshire County Council has an opportunity for a Senior Practitioner who has enthusiasm, energy, drive and commitment to join our fast paced and multi-disciplinary team.

In this varied and challenging role, you will work with both Health & Social Care colleagues to provide excellent Social Work services.

As an experienced social worker, your focus will be on leading and managing care managers and social workers as well as managing your own small but complex caseload. You will also have shared responsibility for leading and managing within the wider team, including supporting our duty function. On occasion, you will be expected to deputise for the Team Manager as well as assist in the strategic planning and delivery of the service in line with care governance principles.

Being a fully qualified Social Worker and HCPC registered, we are looking for experience in areas including Safeguarding, complex case work, resource allocation and funding. You will be joining a very experienced and accomplished team of practitioners and a supportive management ensuring you transition into the team efficiently and smoothly.

The post has a requirement to work at weekends on a rota basis.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly experienced Social Worker looking for career development. We can offer you progression and a pathway into management with supportive guidance, supervision and continuous ongoing training

At Hampshire County Council we value the outstanding contribution you make to our service. In return we can offer you a great learning environment, support and training and an opportunity for sound professional development. This is offered alongside a generous benefits package including;

• £3,000 market supplement (pro-rata if part-time) in addition to your annual salary
• Access to Local Government Pension Scheme
• A minimum 25 days annual leave entitlement
• Flexible working.
• Interest free travel loans and discounts.
• Family friendly policies

Role Responsibilities:


  • To manage own small caseload of complex cases


  • Recording of complex case information within departmental guidelines
  • Reviewing waiting list (R & A / O.T.) for prioritisation and screening

Representing / Consultation

  • Representing Team Manager in strategy meetings
  • Chairing of meetings to discuss professional issues
  • Authorisation of referrals when Team Manager absent. Acting as first point of reference
  • Having input in financial discussions over funding from adaptation budget

Supervision / Organisation

  • Contribute to supervision of individual members of the team (particularly higher grade SW / OTs or Main Grade undertaking progression criteria
  • Briefing team, reviewing cases daily
  • Assigning tasks to team members (usually under guidance from Team Manager)

Corporate and statutory initiatives – equalities / health and safety / e-government / sustainability

  • To ensure that all casework is managed within appropriate codes of practice, statutory / departmental guidelines
Role Requirements:

Essential Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • You must be a qualified Social Worker or Occupational Therapist
  • You must be HCPC registered
  • Client sector focussed and team player
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to direct teams of subordinate professionals and support staff
  • Good working knowledge of appropriate legislation
  • Experience of social services setting in higher grade position
  • Excellent assessment and supervision skills
  • Good track record of service development

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of sharing the supervision of a team with Team Manager
  • Overview of all supervision and information sharing with Team Manager
  • Expertise in associated areas (e.g., court work or moving & handling issues)
  • Involvement in defining SW / OT responsibilities
  • Ability to sign off cases
  • Encouraging a team in their continuing professional development
Working Conditions:
  • Display Screen Equipment user
  • Working with vulnerable adults
  • Lone working
  • Driving own vehicle for work purposes
  • Possible contact with animals/birds/reptiles and people with infections when visiting service users’ homes
Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Please contact Karen Rainbird, Team Manager - Frimley, on 01276 604002 or Pauline Mundy, Hospital Service Manager on 07718 146821

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

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