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Senior Practitioner

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2 Godkin House, Park Road, Ripley
Salary details
Grade 12 £41,765 - £45,149 per annum
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term - Due to funding up to 18 months
37 hours per week
Closing Date
03 December 2023
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified Senior Practitioner to join Living Well Derbyshire which is a new collaborative programme currently being rolled out across the county.  This position will be based in Amber Valley. Focussed on helping local people to recover from mental health illness, the programme aims to offer more accessible support by which to promote a person’s mental health and wellbeing. The people you work with will have primary mental health needs, but may include people with a learning disability, drug or alcohol dependency and physical health needs. For more information about the Living Well programme please visit the Living Well Derbyshire website.

As a Senior Practitioner you will be a qualified and registered Social Worker.  You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team alongside other Living Well partners to offer holistic and joined up care and support.  Your focus will be to identify and advocate for people’s social care needs. You will be actively involved in complex case work and will provide professional leadership and advice (to include formal supervision) to Adult Social Care colleagues within the Living Well programme and more generally to support the work of the multi-disciplinary team around you.

As Senior Practitioner (Adult Social Care) you will be a key link between Derbyshire Adult Care and the Living Well programme, ensuring consistency of service and support on a local and countywide level.  You will work with people and carers who use our services to continuously seek and engage lived experience input, to ensure the person’s voice remains paramount to both their care and the shaping of the developing service.

You will make a significant contribution in the development of Adult Social Care’s role within the Living Well team. Applying a strengths-based approach to your practice you will be focussing on co-production with people who use our service and carers to identify and meet the needs of individuals, whilst taking wider development action to upskill and empower the local community, including its residents and partner organisations.

You will have a key role in understanding and contributing to changes and development of the Living Well programme, as such you will be confident in managing uncertainty and supporting colleagues through change. You will be adaptable and willing to feed into design discussions of the programme with multi-agency colleagues, in addition you will support the implementation of the Living Well programme to colleagues internal and external to the Adult Social Care department to include the development and facilitation of peer support sessions across the Living Well programme.

Reporting to a Service Manager within the departments Mental Health division your role will be to supervise social care staff and lead on professional practice.  You will support Adult Social Care colleagues both within the local Living Well team and on a countywide level including identification of training and development needs with focus on an ethos of empowerment and co-production to reduce need in these areas.   

This position is part of the Amber Valley, Bolsover and Clay Cross Mental Health Prevention and Personalisation Team which is primarily based in Clay Cross and the successful applicant will be expected to work from the Clay Cross office when necessary.  

What we offer you:  

  • 27 days of annual leave plus another 5 once you reach 5 years of continuous service.
  • Generous local government pension scheme.
  • Guaranteed incremental annual pay increases.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Discounts at selected county leisure centres.
  • Developmental support for your career.
  • and much more!

If you would like to discuss Living Well and the Senior Practitioner role, or have any questions, please contact Angela Wibberley by email at angela.wibberley@derbyshire.co.uk 

Internal candidates - as the post is fixed term, secondment requests would need have been approved by your line manager.

Provisional Interview Date: Week Commencing 4 December 2023

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.

Apply now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career with us! By joining Derbyshire County Council you will have access to a range of amazing rewards and employee benefits, including our generous annual leave scheme, excellent local government pension and fantastic employee discounts. To discover more detail about the rewards and benefits available to you, click here