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Practice Supervisor (Social Worker) Adult Services OCC7981

Job Details:


Salary Range:  £41,675 - £44,632
Work Location:  John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
Hours per week: 37 hours
Contract type:  Permanent

Responsible to: Team Manager

Responsible for: Social Workers/Occupational Therapists/Coordinators

Budget Responsibilities: None
Closing date:   31st March 2019
Interview date:  Week Commencing 8th April 2019

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Oxfordshire County Council are looking for a Practice Supervisor Social Worker to work within our innovative and forward-thinking Hospital Hub Team.  The team is a County Wide Service working within the Community Hospitals and Discharge to Assess Hub Beds. 


We are looking for a Practice Supervisor, who will be able to demonstrate and apply a good level of understanding and knowledge of Health and Adult Social Care legislations. 


You must be an experienced Social Worker with HCPC registration, have excellent communication skills and be able to demonstrate the skills and ability to support a busy dynamic team effectively, prioritising daily challenges and expectations as well as making sound confidential decisions that respond to competing demands.


We are committed to partnership working and focus on promoting timely discharges, preventing and reducing the needs of our residents. You will need to ensure the services delivered are effective whilst considering risks and appropriate funding streams.


Driven by a commitment to deliver excellent social work practice and the development of staff practice.  You must be able to provide evidence of effective professional supervision and staff development as you will be providing professional support to staff in managing their workloads and lead staff in best practice approaches. 


You will work closely with the Team Manager and other Practice Supervisors within the Hospital Teams, embracing new ways of working to empower service users, promote their independence and meet their identified needs effectively and efficiently.  You must also be able to demonstrate an applied and effective knowledge of safeguarding vulnerable adults’ procedures and be able to evidence this. 


An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.


We are easily commutable from many locations including Birmingham, North London, Newbury, Reading, Swindon and Warwick.


To find out more, please visit Oxfordshire County Council Social Work Careers and discover 37.5 great reasons to work for our Social Care teams.

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Role Requirements:


Educational achievements, Qualifications and Training


  • Recognised Social Work or Occupational Therapy Qualification and registration and maintenance of registration with HCPC 
  • Evidence of consistent pattern of learning and development


  • Relevant professional management qualification.
  • Best Interest Assessor, Approved Mental Health Professional or Practice Educator (or commitment to train as one)

Experience, Knowlege, Understanding and Skills


  • Line management or supervisory experience in statutory setting
  • At least two years practitioner experience within a Social Services Department
  • Good communication and presentational skills, both oral and written 
  • Implementing practice changes to improve performance
  • Taking a lead with adults at risk where there are safeguarding concerns
  • Working in partnership with internal and external partners including establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with service users, their families, carers and advocates
  • Extensive and working knowledge of legislation and statutory guidance relevant to Adult Social Care 
  • Experience of working with and reporting to  managers and stakeholders
  • Demonstrates and applies up-to-date knowledge relevant to post, makes good use of information and seeks guidance when appropriate
  • Generates creative options and solutions
  • Identifies and manages business risks including health and safety
  • Ensuring diversity is valued in the service and anti-discrimination legislation is adhered to
  • Good IT competency

Management of People and Personal Qualities


Ability to operate successfully with a climate of change and to champion innovative ways of thinking and working

  • Stays calm under pressure
  • Accepts and responds to constructive feedback
  • Consistently manages towards high performance through appropriate feedback, management of poor performance and attendance and respect for individual difference
  • Highly organised with a solutions focused, logical and innovative approach to challenges
  • Ability to delegate
  • Is prepared to constructively challenge assumptions in decision making, seeking other people’s views and opinions
  • Considers the impact on others when making decisions
  • Is available and approachable and takes time to consult and communicate with sensitivity and understanding
  • Ability to positively and clearly communicate to a wide range of people
  • actively supports and contributes to the flow of communication through the organisation
  • Prioritises clearly and appropriately
  • Supports the team to deliver against service plans
  • Able to work well as part of a team and on own initiative


Strategic Awareness


  • Awareness of and ability to articulate the broad organisational goals and outcomes


  • Ability to identify whole system problems and propose solutions


Equal Opportunities


  • Commitment to and understanding of the principles of Equal Opportunities for all in employment and the delivery of services 
  • Acknowledges, respects and responds to individual differences and diversity requirements


Special Requirements


  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Ability to travel to and access a variety of premises
  • Commitment to inter-agency working
  • Some flexibility in working arrangements/hours to meet operational requirements including responding to emergencies.

Vetting Requirements:


This role is subject to a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check including Adults Barred List.

Contact details for an informal discussion:


If you would like to have an informal chat regarding this role please contact Clare Justis on 07990 368269.


Our Organisation 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.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.

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