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Specialist Designated Practitioner

City of York Council
York, North Yorkshire
£37,114 to £42,562 per annum
Closing date
29 May 2022

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Health and Social Care
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
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City of York Council Adult Social Care (CYC ASC) are excited to launch our new Specialist Designated Practitioner (SDP) roles, fixed term for 2 years. The SDP will provide targeted support to ensure those on the Dynamic Support Register (DSR) have safe and timely discharge plans in place, while those at risk of inpatient admission receive early intervention and preventative support to avoid admission. The SDP will support the integration and co-ordination of interventions within the Transforming Care Programme (TCP).

With a minimum of two years post qualifying experience, this is an opportunity for the successful candidate to further skills and expertise in a specialist area of Social Care within a committed and multi-disciplinary, multi-organisational team. If you are looking to gain valuable experience to support career progression, York is the place for you.

We’re keen to hear from professionals registered with Social Work England or equivalent who want to provide hands on care management support and co-ordination to people whose care and support needs have a high degree of complexity, while providing leadership and support to colleagues across Adult Social Care working with the same cohort.

Your work will be underpinned by a comprehensive understanding of and ability to robustly apply the relevant legislation including the Human Rights Act, Equality Act, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Care Act. With a grasp of local and national policy and procedures as well as an understanding of relevant case law and its application to complex social work interventions, you will have a strong ability to promote good practice in challenging contexts.

You will be adept at taking a person centred strengths-based approach and able to draw on a range of communication methods to support people to be involved in decision making. You will value working in partnership with important others and professionals. You will be skilled at using the perspectives of a range of disciplines to inform assessments and to assess and manage risks.

Being keen to think outside of the box to mitigate risks, you will bring a professional curiosity to practice, a focus on community resources, innovation and technology to meet the needs of those we support in the least restrictive way.

If you are committed to driving tangible and measurable outcomes for those we support, are able to practice and support others to promote positive risk taking, we want to work with you.

You will be supported by frequent high quality supervision and peer and leader support daily, alongside development opportunities.

We can’t wait for you to compliment our team and look forward to hearing from you.

As this role is public facing, applicants will need to demonstrate, at interview, their competency to converse and provide advice and guidance to members of the public, in spoken English to CEFR level C2: Can express him/herself spontaneously at length with a natural conversational flow, avoiding or backtracking around any difficulty so smoothly that the person with whom they are conversing is hardly aware of it.

City of York Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We require the successful candidate to undertake an enhanced Criminal Record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

At the moment due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of our staff are working remotely from home but a return to a combination of working remotely and physically from the Council’s offices is anticipated in the near future.

As a new starter, your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team. Your working arrangements will vary according to your service and role, and the current Government guidance. For many roles, there will be more opportunities in the future for remote and hybrid working. However, this comes with the expectation that, as workplaces open up, there is likely to be an ongoing and occasional requirement to attend the workplace.

The Council is highly committed to investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and can offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, comprehensive Health & Wellbeing initiatives and a reward package which recognises your contribution. We can offer flexible working practices, community engagement and volunteer activities and, as part of our commitment to you, promote continuous Learning & Development. In addition we also offer a growing range of discounts, rewards and savings.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Emma Moseley – can be contacted via email at   

Closing date:    Sunday 29 May 2022  at 12 midnight

Interview date:  Week commencing 6 June 2022

Job Description


The City of York has a rich history stretching back nearly 2000 years; George VI once said that: 'The history of York is the history of England'. York has a wealth of heritage and history. York attracts over four million visitors a year and popular destinations include York Minster, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe, the Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Tourism is an important industry in York and the city also has a thriving bioscience, technology and research sector, centred on the City's Science Park. Other major employers include Nestle, City of York Council and York Hospitals NHS Trust. York has excellent transport links, being on the East Coast Mainline and close to the A1M. From York seaside resorts such as Scarborough, Whitby and Filey or the North York Moors National Park are a short journey by road or rail.

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