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Senior Practitioner

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Responsibility

The North Kent Adult Social Care Mental Health Team has recently taken on the responsibility to support people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, and we are looking to recruit additional posts to develop the expertise to focus on supporting these individuals.  As a team we will carry out assessments in accordance with the Care Act 2014 and develop support plans, and work in a person-centred way to find innovative solutions for these individuals.

We are recruiting a Senior Practitioner to join the North Kent Area management team to work in Mental Health Social Care to support adults with Autism.  You will work in partnership with health colleagues in colocation offices.

In this role, you will manage a small but complex number of cases which require a high level of careful assessment, including taking the lead in safeguarding vulnerable adults.  We are committed to working in co-production with the people we support and their carers, to promote independence.

You will provide supervision to other social workers and a consultative service to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.  You will also provide professional leadership for the delivery of Key Social Care agendas.  It is your inspiring professional social work knowledge that will see you advising at key meetings including adult safeguarding case conferences.  You will constantly strive to improve the service through new initiatives, and you will maintain awareness in the team of changes in legislation and related social care policies.

You will need a Degree in Social Work or equivalent (eg CQSW/DipSW) and be registered as a Social Worker with Social Work England. You will also have a recognised Post Qualifying qualification in Social Work such AMHP, Practice Education or BIA.  You must also possess:

• Significant experience in working in Adult Mental Health and/or autistic spectrum disorders

• Previous experience of mentoring and developing qualified Social Workers and other members of social care staff.

• Experience of research in evidence-based practice, leading to the evaluation and improvement of services.

• A confident manner when dealing with emergency situations, plus exceptional negotiating, and interpersonal skills.

• A good working knowledge of all relevant Mental Health, Autism and Social Care legislation and associated Codes of Practice.

• A high-level working knowledge of KCC or other Local Authority policies and procedures

• An in-depth know-how of the Social Care models of intervention, and good knowledge of national and local initiatives relating to Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and social care services.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position.  The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements.  The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and registration as a qualified Social Worker with Social Work England.


Contact Details

Gareth Locke 03000 417 506 /

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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