Lead Practitioner

Are you an ambitious, diligent and hardworking individual?

Are you interested in working within an organisation that is committed to providing an exceptional and integral service to the communities of Lincolnshire, where you can make a difference? 

Then Lincolnshire County Council Adult Social Care has the role for you.

Director Area
Adult Care and Community Wellbeing
Job Location(s)
Service Area
Adult Frailty and Long Term Conditions Service, Peterborough City and Stamford Hospitals
G11: 38,813 - 43,622
Job Category
Social Care: Adults
Contract Type
Appointment Type
Hours per week
Relocation Expenses
Politically Restricted Post
Closing Date
Job Reference

Are you an ambitious, diligent and hardworking individual? Are you interested in working within an organisation that is committed to providing an exceptional and integral service to the communities of Lincolnshire, where you can make a difference? Do you understand the importance of ensuring safe and timely discharges from hospital and can lead a team to achieve this goal; then Lincolnshire County Council Adult Social Care has the role for you.

About the post

The post of Hospital Lead Practitioner complements our management team in the Adult Frailty and Long Term Conditions Service area to ensure a high quality service is provided to the people of Lincolnshire. This exciting opportunity will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to lead, support and motivate a team of Social Workers and Community Care Officers within a hospital setting to ensure high quality, safe and timely discharges.

Although this post will be to support Peterborough City and Stamford Hospitals you will also oversee staff supporting a satellite site at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn.  As the Peterborough City and Stamford Hospitals is a smaller site to manage, there is also an expectation that as required, the post holder will provide support to the other three acute hospitals across Lincolnshire; this will incur travel to Grantham District Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital Boston and Lincoln County Hospital for which a mileage rate is paid.

As this post is primarily based within an acute hospital setting, we are looking for someone who wants to use their skills and knowledge in a more creative and innovative way, working alongside multi-disciplinary teams and supporting their team to work proactively and directly at ward level. The successful candidate will also be required to work collaboratively with leaders in health and promote engagement with the Neighbourhoods teams to ensure safe, seamless and timely discharges from hospital.  The successful candidate will also play a vital role in shaping the hospital service, developing and expanding the varied skills of the practitioners within the team through supervision, appraisals, quality audits and being a positive role model.

As the principles of the Care Act (2014) are embedded within our practice, the ability to engage with key partners such as health, housing and the third sector / voluntary organisations is crucial. The successful candidate will be excellent at developing relationships both within the council and with other organisations and will have a clear understanding of the demands and pressures faced working within a hospital environment. Good problem solving skills are required as is the ability to negotiate and resolve conflict.

If you feel you have the skills to take on this role with enthusiasm, you enjoy a challenge and are motivated by others achieving success, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

If you take this opportunity, you will join teams that are made up of strong and effective people who are determined to achieve our vision and objectives. Our Social Workers, Nurses and Occupational Therapists receive excellent supervision, access to learning and development opportunities and protected time to support continuous professional development. Lincolnshire County Council is particularly committed to supporting staff in a management position to access additional qualifications via The Mary Seacole and Institute of Leadership & Management programmes plus access to an internal programme of learning.

Like all Local Authorities, we face challenges, but we are really proud that we’ve still continued to provide high quality services to the people of Lincolnshire. We continue to strive for more creative ways of improving services and relationships with other partners, such as the NHS and care providers and you will be a vital part of that work

About you

The post holder must hold a professional Social Work qualification e.g. DIPSW, CQSW, CETSW, CSS or BA Social Work, or hold a Nursing or Occupational Therapy Qualification and ensure that registration with the HCPC/Social Work England is maintained and renewed appropriately. You should have 2 years post qualification practice experience of working in a health or a social care environment. You should be able to demonstrate commitment to continuous professional development and to work as part of a team, learning from and contributing to the development of others. You will also have the organisational and administrative skills necessary for managing a team. The post holder will work as part of the 7 day Adult Care Hospital Management rota. This equates to approximately 1:5 weekends worked, and these are all scheduled 3 months in advance.

It goes without saying that it is essential that you can show sound knowledge of relevant legislation underpinning statutory Adult Care Practice, and be able to demonstrate values that promote wellbeing, challenge oppression and discriminations and empower people to live well.

Please read the job description and person specification for full details.

Our offer includes:

• A competitive salary

• Protected CPD time

• Flexible working policies (subject to operational need)

• Career progression opportunities

• An annual leave entitlement of up to 32 days plus the option to buy more

• Payment of your annual Social Work England / HCPC registration

• Defined benefit pension Scheme

• Comprehensive learning & development opportunities

• Car loan and lease scheme (subject to eligibility)

• Career development pathway

• Paid mileage

• Comprehensive staff discount scheme

About Lincolnshire

In addition to the opportunity this role offers, Lincolnshire is a place to live and grow. In fact, one of the main reasons for joining Lincolnshire County Council is…well, Lincolnshire. With great schools, beautiful surroundings and affordable housing, this could be your ideal next move. From the big open spaces Lincolnshire is known for, including the famous Lincolnshire Wolds and 50 miles of coastline, there is probably more than you expected to our county.

From idyllic villages to the City of Lincoln, we have thousands of years of history meeting with a growing cosmopolitan University. Lincolnshire offers the perfect balance of opportunity, affordability and security. And we make sure you can make the most of it, giving you the flexibility to find your ideal work-life balance.

Not only is Lincolnshire one of the safest places to live in the UK, it's also one of the most affordable with average house prices up to 35% lower than the national average;  90% of our schools are rated outstanding or good and we have two growing universities, both of which have achieved gold awards for their teaching excellence.

It's not just about what's in our county that matters, with up to 9 trains per day to London and modern transport links, Lincolnshire is a gateway to the Midlands and East of England.

So, if you're looking for a place that delivers quality of life and the chance for you and your family to grow Lincolnshire might just be the place for you.

If you would like an informal discussion or have any questions about this post please contact: Carole Edwards, Hospital Locality Lead on 01205 445341 or email  carol-ann.edwards@lincolnshire.gov.uk 

Interviews will take place week commencing 23 March 2020 (subject to change)


Please be advised that this position may be subject to a criminal record check


All candidates are advised to read the attached job information pack prior to making an application.

On occasion we receive significantly more applications than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. 

We operate a 'Silver Medallist' talent pool scheme whereby candidates who are not successful on this occasion may be considered for a period of up to 3 months for similar positions.

Lincolnshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want our workforce to reflect the make-up of the community we serve. Therefore we welcome all applications irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, belief, sexual orientation, age or disability. We consider ourselves to be a family friendly employer, and offer flexible working patterns.

In accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 (Fluency Duty), the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

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