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Senior Practitioner HCC23090

Job Details:

Salary Range: £32,752 - £36,862 per annum plus a market supplement of £1,500 per annum

Work Location: Royal Hampshire County Hospital

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent 


Applications will be reviewed once received, we therefore encorage you to apply at your earliest convenience

Senior Practitioner

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic Senior Practitioner to join our friendly and supportive hospital discharge team at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester. 

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced Social Worker, able to work under pressure, who has drive and commitment to join our well-established acute hospital team. An outcome focused practitioner, you will enjoy a fast-paced environment and be committed to working in a strengths-based manner to support Hampshire residents to be discharged from hospital.

You will play a pivotal role in working as an intermediary between service users, their families and service providers. You will help lead and develop the team, supporting the Team Manager and overseeing the more complex cases. You will also be instrumental in overseeing the operational day to day work of the team ensuring safe and timely discharges for Hampshire residents. This is an opportunity to have a direct influence on the shape of the service. Ideally you will have had some experience working in a hospital setting.

With relevant post qualification experience, you will need to be a motivated and responsive professional. In return, you will receive strong support from your local management and peers, training opportunities and a pleasant working environment within a dedicated and friendly team. It is an exciting time for collaboration across all disciplines within the acute setting and there are ample opportunities for professional development and training.

In return we can offer continued support and development as well as a generous benefits package, including;

• Access to Local Government Pension Scheme.
• A minimum 25 days annual leave entitlement.
• Flexible working.
• Interest free travel loans and discounts.
• Employee Support Services.
• Family friendly policies.

Job Purpose:

To ensure continuity/consistency in delivery of service by supervising staff as delegated by the Team Manager. To retain experienced social work practitioners in front line positions to work with complex cases within departmental policies and procedures. To assist the Team Manager by contributing in planning and development of the service within commissioning plans.

Role Responsibilities:


  • To manage own caseload of complex cases 


  • Recording of complex case information within departmental guidelines

Reviewing allocation waiting list
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 social workers)
  • 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:
  • You must be a qualified Social Worker 
  • You must be registered with Social Work England
  • 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
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 Nikita Paul, Team Manager on 01962 824402


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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