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Working Hours: Part Time , Hours per week - 18.50 

Salary:£34,337 - Pro-Rata 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:Countywide, Glenfield , Leicestershire , LE3 8RL 


Closing date:24 July 2017 at midnight 

Working in Adult Social Care
At Leicestershire County Council, we want our Community Support Workers, Social Workers, Adult Mental Health Practitioners  (AMHP) & Best Interest Assessors (BIA) to feel empowered and confident in using their skills to support vulnerable people, carers and families.
We want you to bring and use your knowledge to enrich the lives of the people who live in Leicestershire, meeting the demand for service with quality, diversity and enthusiasm.
We are hugely committed to improving the lives of vulnerable people and families, but also the lives of our workers. We want you to learn and grow, both personally and professionally, placing continual learning and development within your chosen role as a main priority.
With the implementation of a new strategy Adult social care in Leicestershire is changing; our focus is  to promote, maintain and enhance people’s independence so that they are healthier, stronger, more resilient and less reliant on formal social care services. We are focused on working collaboratively with key partner organisations and providing a locality integrated service offer with GP practices and community health services.
We have invested in Lead Practitioners who are responsible for providing leadership to and support for social care workers to improve the quality of social care practice;  working with management and alongside social care practitioners to identify opportunities to improve adult social care delivery.
We are highly ambitious and seek people with skills and experience in Adult Social care, qualified Social Workers, AMHPs and BIAs who share our drive and passion for delivering the highest quality assessment and support to service users, carers and families and will welcome the opportunity to work with a department that is investing in care pathway improvements and transformational developments.
Leicestershire County Council is implementing a Workforce Strategy which will help to ensure that the workforce is confident and equipped to drive the cultural and practice changes required by the Adult Social Care Strategy and the Sustainable Transformation Programme. 
Benefits of working with Leicestershire County Council
•  Annual Leave 24 to 32 days leave a year (32 days achieved after 5 years continuous service)
•  8 public holidays a year
• Access to well-regarded training and development opportunities
•  ASYE (as soon as possible after start of contract for all Newly Qualified Social Workers)
•  Access to continuous professional development
•  Social work progression scheme after 1 year, 2 years and 3 years
•  3 years post qualification, opportunity to specialize i.e. AMHP, Best Interests Assessor, Safeguarding (regulated services), Practice Educator
• Management and leadership opportunities
• Leicestershire County Council has been named the top Local Authority in Stonewall’s 2017 list of most inclusive employers
• Working groups for LGBT staff, disabled workers, carers and a black workers group
• Flexible working
• Supervision framework, evidenced alongside professional capabilities framework
Salary Range: £34,337 - £37,874
AMHPs will either be based in a dedicated AMHP service or within a Locality Team working a caseload and supporting the AMHP rota as required, providing high quality AMHP assessment and support services based on the objectives defined within the Leicestershire and Rutland Local Policies and Procedures and all of the statutory requirement arising from the relevant legislation. 
• Degree in Social Work approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or equivalent social work qualification i.e. Certificate of Qualification in Social Work or Diploma in Social Work, approved by HCPC, Or, holds an equivalent professional qualification e.g. Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Psychologist.
• The post-holder must be registered with the Health Care Professions Council or other relevant professional body and is responsible for maintaining registration; Has completed Best Interests Assessor and /or AMHP training and holds a recognised qualification; Completed further relevant training since qualification
• Evidence of effective assessment and risk management delivery
• Evidence of prioritising work and meeting deadlines
• Demonstrable experience of dealing with a wide breath of issues and complex situations
• Evidence of highly developed analytical skills providing person-centred, solution focussed and resource efficient options
• Evidence of effective assessment and risk management
• Experience of assessing complex needs in the fields of mental health and/or learning disability, and/or brain injury and/or older and disabled adults
• Experience of partnership working with citizens to identify and meet need with creative and pragmatic solutions
• Evidence of working with those who access or need the service to identify issues and identify specific action
• Post qualification experience in a social work setting or other relevant social care or health setting
• Experience of multi-agency/multidisciplinary working and/or of hospital discharge processes
• Experience of working with carers
• Demonstrates an ability to supervise, coach and mentor less experienced social care practitioners. 
• Knowledge of; social work methodologies and ability to use them; Relevant legislation including The Care Act , Mental Health Act , Mental Capacity Act; The needs and issues of different adults including ethnic minorities, disability and age issues; Social Care policy such as personalisation, asset based social work, preventative strategies and solutions
• skills and knowledge relevant to  a specific specialist social care function e.g. CPA
• Knowledge of welfare benefits and welfare rights
• Knowledge and understanding of housing issues and their link to social care
• Knowledge and understanding of commissioning services to meet needs
• Moving and handling risk assessment knowledge

1 x post in the Older Adults and Older Adults Mental Health team based at Pennine House, Loughborough
1 x post in the Older Adults and Older Adults Mental Health team based at Hinckley Hub
This post is the subject of a DBS enhanced check for a regulated activity.

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