Adult Social Care - Principal Social Worker

Camden, London (Greater)
£56,000 - £68,442
05 Apr 2018
18 Apr 2018
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time

The role

Contract Type: Permanent, Full time, 36 hours per week

Alternative flexible working options available/open to discussion

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Adult Social Care (ASC) has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, skilled and experienced social work practitioner. As a key member of senior management within ASC, the Principal Social Worker’s (PSW), role is to provide professional leadership, advice, guidance and support to Social Workers across Adult Social Care and Mental health.

The PSW will provide independent scrutiny of social work practice and standards; and ensure that the views and experiences of adults, their families and carers (and practitioners), inform service planning and delivery.

“Supporting people, connecting communities” is the Council’s ambitious strategic plan for older and disabled people living and ageing well in Camden, through which we will be adopting a strengths based approach to supporting our service users.

The PSW will play a critical role in supporting practitioners adopt this way of working, using learning to develop better ways of working to ultimately remove inefficiencies and deliver better outcomes for service users.

The PSW will be the operational lead for all Safeguarding activity, including DoLs and Best Interest Assessments within ASC and having ultimate responsibility for the smooth running of the Safeguarding Adults Board.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.

About you

As ‘lead manager’ for adult social work practice and a member of the ASC Senior Management Team, the post requires significant and broad experience in social work (adults) and in managing others’ performance and practice development.

You will have experience of working in a multi agency environment.

You will be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills with the ability to coach and mentor social work and social care practitioners.

It is essential you have the ability to take responsibility for own work, consistently achieving and delivering to time, and quality, despite tight timescales and conflicting priorities.

You will build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally, to ensure a high quality service is delivered.

You will have an awareness and understanding of the complexities of operating in a multi-disciplinary setting and will able to focus on internal and external stakeholders, be innovative and creative, open to ideas and challenge, and committed to individual learning and development.

Post holders must have a valid HCPC registration and Social Work qualification.

About Camden

Camden’s main offices are located in modern, award-winning offices at King’s Cross. You can expect an exceptional range of benefits including discounted access to the onsite leisure facilities with swimming pool, recognition and reward for high performance with progression and pay increases, flexible and agile working hours and access to a leading pension scheme.

Camden is proud to be the country’s first Timewise council and as part of this accreditation, we work to help parents balance work with childcare.

This fits in with our aim to be leaders in innovative, flexible and part-time working that allows for different patterns of care and for parents to share childcare responsibilities.

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How to apply

To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application form you will be expected to explain how you meet the key requirements for this role listed in this advert. When explaining how you meet each of the requirements, please give examples that clearly demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience.

When writing your examples give a brief description of the situation or task but focus on the actions you took and the result of your actions.

Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition.

If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at, or post to 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

Closing dates for applications: Wednesday 18th April 2018 Interviews to be held: Thursday 3rd May 2018

Please quote reference: 180000CE

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