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Social Care Operational / Professional Lead - Band 8b

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Full Time
1 x Fixed Term/secondment for up to 6 months

Internal applicants who wish to be considered for a secondment opportunity should discuss with their line manager

Gloucestershire Health and Care delivers Community Health and Social care services for adults and children across the county.As our Social Care lead you will oversee the day to day delivery of comprehensive social care provision as part of our Integrated Adult Mental Health Services.

You will provide professional leadership and senior operational management and have direct responsibility for ensuring the delivery of high-quality standards and specialist expertise in the field of Social Care.You will be the primary interface with the Local Authority in the delivery of social care policy.

Our Community Mental Health services are on the brink of a comprehensive transformation programme with 3 clear aims for which you will take a key leading role:
  • Aligning existing community teams to Gloucestershire Integrated Locality Partnership
  • To review and transform the current service model
  • Realise the opportunities of bringing Physical & Mental Health Teams together

As such you will need to describe a clear vision for how you see community mental health teams developing and your role in leading this.As a proven leader you will have a strong background in community health/social care and will bring to this role a commitment to personalised care, promoting good health and an always improving focus on quality & innovation

Main duties of the job

  • To provide professional leadership, within the remit set by the Director of Quality & Performance, for the social care staff of the Trust, enabling services to reflect the needs of users and carers and grow towards the vision of integration set out by GHC and by Joint Commissioners.
  • To provide operational leadership with direct accountability to the Service Directorcontributing to the promotion of a positive, strong and integrated MH Social Work Service within the Trust, maintaining the culture of social care practice within the Trust's multi disciplinary setting.
  • To effectively and efficiently manage budgets allocated and monitor the budget management performance of Social Care Specialists / Social Care Hub Manager
  • To maintain regular liaison with Community Service Managers and Social Work staff to ensure effective partnership working and joint use of resources.
  • To develop social care practice policies and ensure compliance with them.

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Survey gives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead and model appropriate patterns of staff supervision for social care workers in the Trust, by providing professional supervision for the Social Care Specialists. To cover for Social Care Specialist / Team Managers in their absence, advising social workers, AMHP's and others on casework and case risk issues.
  • To participate in the authorisation process for 40-48 AMHPs in Gloucestershire (employed both by the Trust and GCC).
  • To ensure the training needs of social care staff are met, in collaboration with training providers in the Trust and the Local Authority.
  • To operate as an Approved Mental Health Professional, participating in the community AMHP rota through agreed dual contract arrangements with the local authority.
  • Policy development and audit of practice.
  • Ensure compliance with the social care service specifications.
  • To provide effective leadership and management of the MH Social Work Service within agreed resources, meeting performance management targets and working within the Trust policy framework and objectives.
  • To support the Service Director to ensure safe and efficient management of services within delegated authority.
  • To ensure the delivery of targets/ objectives/ outcomes within the service by putting in place systems and processes to monitor and manage performance in accordance with the Trusts Performance Management Policy.
  • Set clear targets for service delivery which translate into clear objectives for team members through business planning and appraisal processes
  • To manage agreed aspects of the performance of the team members, holding individuals to account where needed.
  • Providing coaching, support and development for team members to encourage and enable a high-quality service to be delivered
  • To identify effective and efficient ways of working which improve health care
  • To communicate clearly with team members ensuring that individuals understand the rationale for change as services develop.

Person Specification



  • Professional social work qualification
  • Social Work England registered

Experience & Knowledge


  • Demonstrable experience of management or supervision of social workers
  • Sound knowledge of mental health issues, processes and recent strategies - Knowledge sufficient to offer advice on a wide range of social care issues

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust



Ermin Street, Brockworth



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