Practice Lead / Consultant Social Worker

Job Type:
Job Sector:
Health, Medicine
West Midlands
Broadgate House, Coventry
£36,876 to £43,662 per annum
Salary Description:
£36876 - £43662
Coventry City Council
Job Ref:

The West Midland Teaching Partnership is one of 23 accredited social work teaching partnerships funded by the Department for Education to strengthen the quality of education and training for social work students and practitioners across the West Midlands.

Our partnership includes Local Authorities, Children’s Trusts, NHS trusts and Universities. The partnership reflects the strategic priorities of the West Midlands Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) and the West Midlands Association of Adult Social Services (ADASS). The partnership is led by Principal Social Workers, Workforce Development Leads and Senior Academics across Children’s and Adult Services. We bring together practitioners, senior managers, academics, researchers and experts by experience to support us in our work.

Our vision is to achieve excellence in social work education and professional practice through a research-led and evidence based approach.
What is the job role?This is an exciting opportunity to support the ongoing development of the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership as one of 3 sub-regional Practice Leads.

The role involves working within a sub-region of the West Midlands supporting local employers across children’s and adults’ services and their local universities to ensure the objectives of Teaching Partnership are met.

The role will involve working with students, practitioners, academics and workforce development colleagues to support changes to social work education and practice. The post holder will work as part of a small project team and will be responsible for providing regular reports and case studies to evidence progress and impact.

The role will focus on providing a close practice-based relationship with research and teaching across the Partnership. The role will include leading on specific projects to improve practice and support the West Midlands Teaching Partnership’s activities, which are aimed at developing and supporting high standards of social work practice throughout the region.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Who are we looking for?In order to be successful with this role it is essential that you have knowledge of current developments in social work education and practice leadership; knowledge of professional standards, ethics and values that underpin social work practice; and knowledge of research and applying this to direct practice.

You will have extensive knowledge and experience of children’s and/or adults’ social work across a variety of teams and agencies that will enable you to drive forward the ambitions of the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership. 

This will be a very visible role within the Partnership and a great opportunity to showcase your ability and develop your social work practice in a very busy but rewarding environment.

The post holder will need to have be Registered Qualified Social Worker with Social Work England who has attained an undergraduate and/or post-graduate degree in Social Work. The post holder will need to have completed the Full Practice Educator Award.  

The posts are being offered as a fixed term appointment until 31st March 2021, or as a secondment opportunity from employers in the Teaching Partnership.

Applicants are invited to contact Lee Pardy-McLaughlin to discuss this post further at and via phone on 07739 624805.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

All attachments for the job can be found here

Interview dates: 27th & 28th May 2020
Introduction to Coventry City CouncilCoventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

Flexible working arrangements
Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
Pay progression through multiple increments
Outstanding local government pension scheme
Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
Vibrant employee networks 

Contact Details:
Coventry City Council
Tel: 0200 000 0000
Contact: Resourcing Team (AC)

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