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Assistant Practitioner 73196 SSLE


Full Time

Norfolk County Council

Closing Date: 02/12/21

Norwich Community Hospital

£24,982 to £27,041 per annum

37 hours per week

Permanent contract


In Norfolk we have implemented the ‘discharge to assess’ model (also known as D2A) where people are safely discharged from hospital before an assessment of longer-term care and support needs in the community. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Assistant Practitioner to join our Norwich D2A follow up team, assessing and reviewing the needs of people living in Norwich shortly after their discharge from hospital. There will also be opportunities to in-reach to hospitals where necessary to support complex decision-making such as complex best interest decisions or safeguarding.


We have a ‘home first’ ethos, meaning that we aim to support people to return home where possible – working alongside health agencies, housing and voluntary services to support people to recover and remain as independent as possible. This supports our ‘Living Well’ approach to health and social care; helping people to be independent, resilient and well by building on strengths, building resilience in communities and promoting independence.


This role is hosted by the Norwich locality team, joining a friendly, supportive team of social workers and Assistant Practitioners. However, you will also work closely with partners including the Home First Hub (an integrated discharge hub), the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust among others; to provide an integrated approach to assessment and care.


To optimise the experience for our service-users/patients, we are further developing our hospital pathway. As a result, these posts are likely to be within the scope of a staff consultation process, we will continue to engage with you about any further changes to the scope of the role as appropriate over the coming months.


You will be passionate about making a difference, and ready to embrace change.  A team player, you will need to demonstrate an ability to work under pressure, be well organised and able to effectively prioritise and risk assess a complex caseload. You will have experience, knowledge and commitment to strength-based assessments.  The ability to travel is essential.


You will have regular supervision and the support of a highly motivated team along with the relevant training required for the post and to develop in your role.  We invest in our team’s professional development, offering the opportunity to train for specialist roles.


All our office-based roles are currently working from home as part of our Smarter Working plans and to support the health and safety of all our colleagues. We anticipate that working remotely will be a key feature of this role and when offices re-open your office base will be County Hall, Norwich. Our technology platform and equipment are first class, enabling you to connect and collaborate remotely. We ask that you have in place good Broadband connectivity.


Norfolk has some of the most scenic and peaceful countryside and picturesque villages and market towns. The area offers numerous traditional pubs, an array of walking/cycling routes for the outdoor enthusiast and is a short distance from the historic and bustling city of Norwich. There are excellent rail links to London and the North and Norwich International Airport provides a range of flights to Europe and beyond. A relocation package would be considered for the right candidate.


Interviews will take place via video technology, where you will have the opportunity to discuss working arrangements.


For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy, please contact either Katy Barker – Team Manager on 01603 224222 or Abbey Cummings – Team Manager on 01603 286273