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Social Work Practice Lead (Adults Services)

Job Introduction

In Adult Social Care we take great pride in putting the city council’s values of Respect, Dedication and Collaboration into practice through high-quality services for the residents we help.

We’re seeking an approachable person to join our Quality and Performance Team as Social Work Practice Lead. The team brings together an eclectic mix of skill sets with the primary function of supporting in the delivery of quality social care, provider and housing services to local people.

You’ll work closely with the Principal Social Worker, Quality and Performance Coordinator and full time Practice Educator, with a focus on developing the current and future social care workforce through practice-based learning, critical reflection, action learning sets and workshops.

Main Responsibility

  • As the Social Work Practice Lead, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the quality of our delivery, ensuring that practice is strengths based and in keeping with best practice guidelines, legal requirements, and ethical standards.
  • You will provide leadership, mentorship, and guidance to our social work staff, promoting excellence in all that we do.
  • You will design, deliver and facilitate key learning opportunities and reflective practice sessions for front line colleagues to lead on continuing professional development.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Qualified Social Worker.
  • Registered with Social Work England.
  • Able to evidence extensive Continuing Professional Development.
  • An approachable person who is passionate about excellent, high quality Social Work Practice.
  • For this role you are required to have a full UK driving licence and provide evidence of your vehicle insurance with business cover and use of a vehicle. If you are successful, you will be required to supply evidence of your licence prior to starting the role.
  • Should you be offered the role, as part of the pre-employment checks an Enhanced DBS will be actioned for you (unless you are on the DBS Update Service).

Package Description

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Great holiday benefits - most roles include 28 days annual leave every year on top of public (bank) holidays, increasing to 32 days after five years.  In addition, there is a holiday purchase scheme allowing staff to purchase up to 5 additional days of leave each year.
  • Excellent pension – everyone who works for us can join the national Local Government Pension Scheme, widely regarded as one of the best available.
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity support and a childcare subsidy.
  • Access to an award-winning employee benefits programme that includes a health cash plan, a low-cost bike purchase scheme as well as high street discounts and money off entertainment and travel.
  • Blue Light Card - employees working within social care can qualify for an additional range of discounts from national retailers and local businesses.

Our roles are either designated ‘site based’ or ‘home based’. ‘Site based’ roles can include up to two days a week working from home whilst ‘home based’ roles are based at home four days a week.  Of course, managers designate which category roles are in based on the needs of the service and the circumstances.

About The Organisation

Milton Keynes City Council is a large, modern and financially stable employer with around 2,500 people working across our eight areas. Together we provide local residents and businesses with a wide range of important round-the-clock services and aim to make our city a better place to live.

We work hard because of the demands placed on us, like protecting children from harm or preventing homelessness. However, working for the city is always rewarding and everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference. 

We’re very proud of our diversity and are committed to having a workforce that reflects the community we serve. Whatever your background, you will be welcome here if you share our values of being dedicated, respectful and collaborative.

We offer great training and support and because of the size and scale of the organisation there are always new opportunities to explore when it’s time for a new role.

If you’d like to know more about how we do things and what matters to us, take a look at our short booklet What makes us Milton Keynes City Council.


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