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Senior Social Worker - Social Care Practice Team (Planned Care)

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Social Worker looking for a dynamic role where you can make a significant impact? HPFT's Social Care Practice Team supports Adult Community Mental Health Services across Hertfordshire to deliver the highest quality social care within our communities. In this role you will:
  • Champion social care, staying abreast of legislation and statutory guidance.
  • Provide expert advice on social work practice and legislative issues.
  • Conduct complex assessments and reviews using the Care Act 2014 eligibility framework.
  • Support service users and carers directly and indirectly, ensuring choice and community-based support.
  • Support the commissioning of appropriate health and social care services, including Direct Payments.
  • Lead adult social work and social care initiatives across the county.
  • Deliver training to individuals and teams.
  • Advocate for best practices in carer assessments and support.
  • Facilitate partnerships to develop recovery-focused community services.
  • Engage service users and carers for feedback to drive service improvements.

You will be based in a small, but crucial team of Senior Social Work practitioners to ensure practice governance and quality oversight of social care activity across the county. If you're passionate about empowering service users and carers and improving social care outcomes, we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • To be a champion of social care with a comprehensive understanding of legislation and statutory guidance.
  • To keep up to date with accurate, consistent and robust social care, safeguarding and legal practice.
  • To offer skilled and up to date professional advice and guidance within a locality on the full range of social work and social care practice, including legislative issues.

In return, we can offer you:
  • leadership and management training opportunities
  • 5% on top of basic salary high cost allowance supplement (subject to a minimum and a maximum payment pro rata)
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
  • One of the UK's best pension schemes
  • Comprehensive health and wellbeing services
  • Special leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Our staff survey results tell a story of highly engaged, motivated, passionate people working at HPFT. The survey has shown that staff overwhelmingly believe that their role makes a difference to service users, to the extent that HPFT had the best score nationally for this question.

About us

We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality CommissionOur family of over 4,000 members of staff provide health and social care for people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. Everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake the most complex assessments and reviews, ensuring this is delivered through the Care Act 2014 eligibility framework.
  • To ensure that commissioned and non-commissioned services allow choice to service users and their carers, promote community-based support and make best use of preventative and universal services.
  • To be a champion of best practice in undertaking carers assessments and supporting the Trusts Carer Pathway.
  • To be skilled in partnership working and identify, develop and facilitate a wide range of recovery focused community services, and ensure that colleagues within the locality are aware of developments in these and best practice.
  • To ensure that service users and carers are involved so that we can learn from their experiences and impact of our service delivery, and make improvements.
  • To undertake other tasks and duties which form part of the delegated social care responsibilities accepted by the Trust on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council.


Person Specification



  • An appropriate professional social work qualification
  • Registration with the SOCIAL WORK ENGLAND
  • Education to degree level OR equivalent
  • Approved Mental Health Professional training and qualification (or prepared to undertake training within one year of appointment)



  • Extensive post-qualification experience with demonstrable evidence of excellent practice at a high level
  • Extensive knowledge of legislation, statutory guidance, theory and policy in relation to relevant adult's and children's social care
  • Experience of undertaking assessments, focused on personalisation, choice and control, and care planning
  • Experience of partnership working with service users and carers, demonstrating dignity and respect, particularly in very challenging situations

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


99 Waverly Road, St Albans

99 Waverly Road

St Albans


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