Our current Principal Social Worker (PSW) will be leaving us soon for new and exciting opportunities. We were previously in a phase of redesign, but given the current global situation, we are not in a position to advance this redesign just yet. As such, we are looking to recruit an Interim PSW for a period of 6 months.
This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, skilled and experienced Adult Social Worker to drive forward sustained social work practice improvements. As a key member of the Senior Management Team, you will provide strong professional leadership, guidance and development for social work across Adult Social Care.
Your role will be to relate the views of social workers to all levels of management. To provide independent scrutiny of social work practice and standards, delivering quality assurance and learning interventions to drive forward sustained improvements. You will ensure that the views and experiences of adults, their families and carers (and practitioners), inform service planning and delivery.
The Principal Social Worker (PSW) is responsible and accountable for excellent social work practice by ensuring social work and social care is well defined in Adult Social Care. The PSW should lead by example, be visible to the workforce and act as a voice for frontline practitioners to enable change within the organisation. The role has oversight of quality assurance, training and development including ASYE programme and Practice Educators training. The PSW role sits within the Senior Leadership Team and will advise Senior Managers on practice issues. To undertake the PSW role, you need to be an experienced registered social work manager who has lead on strategic improvement and has expert knowledge and skills to be able to advise a wide range of stakeholders on social care related matters.
This is a 6 month fixed term post within Adult Social Care, reporting directly to the Director of Operation (Adults). The post will be reviewed after this time.
Principal Social Worker – Adult Social Care - Fixed-Term 6 Months
£51,309 - £62,697 pa.
This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, skilled and experienced Adult Social Worker to drive forward sustained social work practice improvements.
As a key member of the Senior Management Team, you will provide strong professional leadership, guidance and development for social work across Adult Social Care.
Your role will be to relate the views of social workers to all levels of management; provide independent scrutiny of social work practice and standards and deliver quality assurance and learning interventions to drive forward sustained improvements; and ensure that the views and experiences of adults, their families and carers (and practitioners), inform service planning and delivery.
This is a 6 month fixed term post within Adult Social Care, reporting directly to the Director of Operations (Adults). The post will be reviewed after this time. This offer is open to both internal and external candidates.
As the lead manager for adult social work practice, you will be a Registered Social Worker with substantial and broad experience of Adult Social Care both at a practitioner and manager level and have a solid track record in managing others’ performance and practice development. Be able to motivate, inspire and have strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence at both a strategic and operational level, build effective working relationships and deliver positive and sustainable results.
You must be able to take responsibility for your own work, consistently achieving and delivering to time and quality, despite tight timescales and conflicting priorities.
In return, we will support you through on-going learning and development opportunities together with regular supervision and appraisal.
If you feel you fit the bill, we would like to hear from you.
The post holder is the professional lead for Adult Social Care, which includes assessment and care management social work, governance services and social work commissioned services. The role provides an effective leadership function dedicated to improving social work practice on the front line and creating a direct link between practice and organisational strategy and planning processes.
The post holder will provide professional leadership across Adult Social Care, with responsibility for practice governance including the quality of practice for adult social work. The role has the oversight and supervision of social work practice and standards, of complaints, performance, and learning and development within a focused post, creating a system of professional accountability and independent scrutiny which provides assurance that statutory duties are being effectively discharged at all levels of the service.
The Principal Social Worker role means that the responsibility and accountability for quality in social work practice is organisationally defined and visibly supported, enabling the requisite priority to be given to developing and improving practice as a means of improving outcomes for individuals and communities.
The post holder will draw on their professional experience to influence strategic decision making across the organisation and use their expert knowledge and skills to inform the wider functions of the organisation beyond social work and “social care” boundaries. The post holder will develop and sustain relationships with key stakeholders within and across organisations, ensuring that the views and experiences of adults and their support networks are central to the design and delivery of social work services and that organisational change takes account of professional social work issues.
The post holder will promote and take part in developing the body of social work knowledge and research within and outside the organisation, working in partnership to ensure that developments reflect the needs of frontline practic
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact Nicola Hyde on 07739 706281. Advert ends 29/05/20.
IMPORTANT: If you are an LBN member of staff and applying for this role as a secondment you should note that secondments are subject to the agreement of your current employing service. Please ensure that you inform your line manager of your intention to apply for the post in the first instance.