Job details

Salary - Grade
GBP £43,599 to £45,594 43599 - PO4
Contract Type
Permanent
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
Yes
Department
Adults, Health & Integration
Service
Adult Services
Closing date
05/12/2021

Work pattern – Full Time (36 hour week) Monday-Friday. Consolidated hours or a reduction to part time hours would be considered for the right applicant.

Due to the promotion of our current post holder into a team manager role, we are seeking an experienced social work practitioner to join our growing team within the Integrated Independence Team (IIT). The service was recently awarded additional funds to secure a number of new posts in order to achieve new response time targets, reduce our length-of-stay (and therefore increase capacity) within our Discharge-to-assess pathway, and to provide an anticipatory approach to care. 

You will join our dynamic, health and social care integrated, multi-disciplinary service which provides intermediate health and social care services to Hackney resident adults who are being, or who have been, discharged from hospital, or who are “at risk” of needing an admission without provision of therapy or care. The team consists of a therapies-led Rapid Response service, a Home Treatment service, a Reablement Service, and a “Discharge to Assess” service. The IIT social workers support all pathways. The turnover of work within the IIT is high with over 300 new patient referrals a month. A new integrated single point of access (duty team) is currently being developed and work is being undertaken to integrate more with other appropriate services. Morale within IIT is high, targets are routinely met, our outcomes are very good and our feedback is excellent. The relationship between London Borough of Hackney and the Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust, which was rated as Outstanding by CQC last year and viewed as one of the highest performing hospitals in London, is highly facilitative and personable

As the Senior Practitioner within IIT, you will be key to providing support, quality assurance and leadership to social work practitioners in the team at all levels of their career development and utilising your supervisory skills, to achieve the very best outcomes for our residents. You will also act as a conduit between frontline staff and Local Authority senior management, and as an “expert advisor” on social care matters to health colleagues within the team. You will also support the IIT Head of Service, who is a registered social worker, in promoting and developing the role and understanding of social work within the team.

You will have a sound knowledge of the key principles of the Care Act, the Mental Capacity Act and Adult Safeguarding – an understanding of mental health legislation would be an advantage, as would knowledge of the likely impacts the new Health and Social Care Bill may have on adult care within the Intermediate care arena.

You will need to be a qualified Social Worker and be registered with Social Work England. You will also have a significant level of post qualification experience within statutory Adult Services including providing supervisory / management support to social work practitioners and experience of working with adults, ideally in a multidisciplinary setting. A commitment to integrated working across health and social care is essential. Whilst flexible working arrangements, including some home-working will be available, a regular visible physical presence at the IIT base on the Homerton Hospital site will be required.  

You will join a team of 5 social workers, including yourself, employed by London Borough of Hackney and health professionals employed by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, comprising of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and psychology / psychotherapy. The service also employs a number of Independence Assistants via both the Borough and the Trust. The service supports people across London Borough of Hackney, and by agreement those in the City in relation to their needs. It seeks to achieve the very best outcomes for our residents supporting them to achieve their full potential, maximise their independence and fulfil their goals.

Hackney is a highly diverse borough which is a great place to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values, so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below. 

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge, and experience. 

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

Closing date for applications: 5th December 21

Interviews: 20 – 21 December 21

For more information please contact:    

Claire Symons: Head of IIT claire.symons1@nhs.net / Tel: 020 8510 7721 or                  

Karina Brackin: Senior Practitioner karina.brackin@hackney.gov.uk

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under-represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available: hackneyworksjobs@hackney.gov.uk