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Service Manager - Thro...
North East England, England
Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Service Manager to fill a full-time role within a ThroughCare Service based in the North of England. The pay rate for this locum Service Manager job is negotiable with the client and is an initial 3-month contract. Job Purpose - Service Manager: To be responsible for the effective leadership and management of children's complex health and disability team and residential respite provision within BMDC and ensuring that the provision achieves good outcomes for vulnerable children and contributing to good outcomes for children in need of protection and/or looked after young people. Ensure robust safeguarding practices and policies are in place and fully implemented and will provide visible leadership to a service that champions high quality provision and seeks to continuously improve outcomes to the most vulnerable young people in the community. To ensure the statutory requirements, national and local policy and procedures in relation to the provision of services to children with disabilities is adhered to at all times and manage resources efficiently and effectively, prioritising need and working cooperatively within the Service Management Team. Requirements: Professional qualification such as DIPSW, CQSW or equivalent Additional management training or qualification such as DMS, NVQ5 in management is desirable. Must have recent relevant statutory experience of managing regulated resources for children and young people. Be able to demonstrate great interpersonal skills combined with excellent leadership and management capacity, with a passion to improve the lives of our most vulnerable children and young people. Contact: This Service Manager job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.
Interim Consultant in ...
Up to £872.20 per day
Sanctuary Executive is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Interim Consultant in Public Health to work full-time based in Berkshire. The pay rate for this locum Interim Consultant in Public Health job is £872.20 per day and will be on a 6-month contract. Key Accountabilities: Developing and maintaining a robust sexual and reproductive health function This function must take account of variations in population characteristics, health needs and priorities. Working with and across Council directorates, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Partners to identify key opportunities to implement key sexual and reproductive health programmes of work to improve health outcomes for local residents. Monitor sexual and reproductive health targets and indicators identified as local priorities, and, in doing so, maximise the effectiveness of Berkshire Local Authorities' public health budget by ensuring the Local Authorities achieve maximum value for money whilst simultaneously improving performance on quality indicators. Lead on the provision of sexual health information to provide an effective contribution to the updated versions of six Berkshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessments. Requirements of the Interim Consultant in Public Health: Inclusion in the GMC Full and Specialist Register with a license to practice/GDC Specialist List (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview) or Inclusion in the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) for Public Health Specialists (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview) Applicants must meet minimum CPD requirements (i.e. be up to date) in accordance with Faculty of Public Health requirements or other recognised body MFPH by examination, by exemption or by assessment Experience of the delivery of successful change management programmes across organizational boundaries Experience of using complex information to explain public health issues to a range of audiences Strategic thinker with proven leadership skills and operational nous Ability to lead and manage the response successfully in unplanned and unforeseen circumstances In depth understanding of the health and care system and the relationships with both local national government In depth knowledge of methods of developing clinical quality assurance, quality improvement , evaluations and evidence based public health practice Contact: This Interim Consultant in Public Health job is advertised by John Rudland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.
Interim Public Health ...
Up to £436.10 per day
Sanctuary Executive is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Interim Public Health Principal to work full-time based in Berkshire. The pay rate for this locum Interim Public Health Principal job is £436.10 per day and will be on a 3-month contract. Duties and Responsibilities: To work collaboratively with the Public Health Intelligence team to update Emergency Planning resilience and response plans To coordinate and produce needs assessments and technical information for commissioners to inform service design and service specifications To collate performance information and produce performance reports across Berkshire. To coordinate the design and delivery of the development of the public health networked approach across Berkshire. To identify opportunities to link in with NHS and other partner workstreams. To represent the Director of Public Health & Consultant in Public Health as required. To lead on the design, development and evaluation of a range of key Public Health work streams including strategy development. To provide leadership to the Health and Local Authority system to influence change and implement innovation. To provide information and analytical advice to other Public Health colleagues, other Local Authority Departments, the media and less often the general public. Requirements of the Interim Public Health Principal: First degree or equivalent relevant experience in public health or a health-related field. Master's degree or other evidence of advanced knowledge relating to health, public health or a related field. Advanced knowledge of service design, commissioning and contracting processes Advanced knowledge of public health technical tools such as health needs assessment and evaluation. Advanced knowledge of health and social care systems for both adults and children. Substantial experience of work in relevant industry or field. Substantial experience of leading system-wide change in relation to Public Health. Substantial experience of managing or informal supervision of Public Health staff. Substantial experience of leading programmes aimed at children and adults. Substantial experience of providing technical public health expertise. Experience of writing reports to senior level committees such as Health & Well-Being Boards. Contact: This Interim Public Health Principal job is advertised by John Rudland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.
East Midlands, England
£450.00 - £500.00 per day
Sanctuary Executive is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Independent Scrutineer to work part-time (2 days per week) within a Children's Service based in the East Midlands. The pay rate for this locum Independent Scrutineer job is from £450 - £500 per day. Summary: The Independent Scrutineer will provide scrutiny, challenge and seek assurance from partners on the effectiveness of the children and young people safeguarding arrangements The postholder will provide effective and objective scrutiny and challenge and act as constructive critical friend as well as promoting reflection to drive continuous improvement to both the partnership and safeguarding practice. The post-holder will provide independent scrutiny to the Safeguarding Partnership ensuring that it fulfils its statutory responsibilities set out in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and other related guidance to work collaboratively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The role will include chairing the Quality & Governance Sub Group and Local Learning Review Sub Group of the Safeguarding Partnership. The post-holder will provide independent oversight and scrutiny on serious child safeguarding cases, through chairing the Local Learning Review Sub Group, ensuring that reviews are undertaken rigorously in line with statutory guidance and acting as liaison between the Safeguarding Partners and the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel on cases relating to children. Requirements of the Independent Scrutineer: Experience within a similar role Required to have a very high degree of autonomy when planning their diary commitments and to fit in with the commitments of senior leaders across the 3 statutory partners. Be able to demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people's behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs Contact: This Independent Scrutineer job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.
Strategy and Commissio...
South East England, England
Up to £500.00 per day
Sanctuary Executive is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Strategy and Commissioning Manager to work full-time within a Children's Service based in South East England. The pay rate for this locum Strategy & Commissioning Manager job is £500 per day. Summary: To drive, develop and oversee the implementation of the placement strategy within Children's Services. Ensure that we work with children and families to help support them to remain together when it is safe to do so. Offer high quality evidence based practice Strong and effective management oversight Consistently good services which provides good quality care when children are looked after Development of a commissioning strategy - move from largely individualised commissioning to more strategic approaches operating over the longer term. Development of new approaches for young people in residential care to where possible support them to live in family-based placements Requirements of the Strategy & Commissioning Manager: Experience within a similar role Commissioning experience Contact: This Strategy & Commissioning Manager job is advertised by John Rudland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.
Head of Specialist Ser...
South West London, London
Up to £500.00 per day
Sanctuary Executive has a locum vacancy for an experienced and dedicated Head of Specialist Services to work within Children & Families Services in South West London. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of social work practice in children's services and be registered with the HCPC. The salary for this locum Head of Service job is £500 per day (LTD Company Equivalent) and is a 3-month contract. About the role: This post is responsible for the strategic leadership and effective delivery of specialist multi-agency and multi-disciplinary services for children and families. The aim of the services managed by this post is to provide specialist, intensive, targeted support to children and families in order to reduce or prevent the need for children to be taken into care. This post will work with Heads of Service in the Children and Families Division and the Assistant Director for Early Help to ensure services for children and families on the edge of care work effectively with statutory and early help services and that effective step up and step down arrangements are in place. The post has responsibility for two family centres and a contact centre as well as the Family Recovery Project and Families First (Targeted services) plus the data analysis and national reporting for the Troubled Families Programme. The post will also ensure effective performance management of the service to ensure improved outcomes for children and young people. The intention is to develop and lead the service to become a best practice example of innovative work with children and families Requirements of the Head of Service: Graduate with a relevant professional qualification and/or equivalent To have kept up to date with research and best practice, evidenced through substantial professional development Social Work England registration Experience within a senior position (HOS level) Contact: This Head of Service job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.
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Can you enhance your digital footprint?
When it comes to job hunting, it’s easy to focus solely on your CV and your personal statement, but are you aware of what your digital footprint is saying about you? Can you enhance your online reputation to improve your employability? In today’s online world, everything we do can leave a trail – from our public tweets and LinkedIn profile through to the images we choose to share on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re applying for a new social work job role, particularly one within a senior managerial position, it’s important that you feel confident that your online reputation represents the professional image that you want to project to a prospective new employer. Thanks to public profiles and open privacy settings, it’s now easier than ever before for hiring managers to research candidates online before or after an interview. This is why we are sharing our advice to help you improve your online footprint and feel confident that your digital reputation accurately reflects your professionalism. Search yourself on Google Have you ever done a quick search of your name on Google? This may be the first thing that an employer does before offering you a job. If you’re involved with organisations such as BASW regional groups or your local safeguarding boards then it is likely that your name will appear in the search listings. Similarly, if you’ve been working in a senior position such as a Team Manager or Interim Director of Service, then you may have been featured in press articles or interviews about your team, especially if you’ve been recognised in awards (such as the Social Worker of the Year Awards). This could be beneficial in helping you effectively showcase your experience. Many people are unaware that if you have a public profile on social media, Google Images can pull out pictures that you've been tagged in, even if you haven’t uploaded them yourself. If you do find any images that cause you concern, then it may be prudent to ask for the image to be removed. Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? Another key tip is to ensure that your LinkedIn profile is updated and accurately reflects your submitted CV. If it’s wildly different, then a hiring manager could have reservations or ask you tricky questions during your interview. LinkedIn is a fantastic professional tool that can enhance your digital footprint. If you’re involved in any professional groups or you regularly post insightful comments or detailed articles on your profile, then it can demonstrate your knowledge and encourage people to want to work alongside you. A key consideration is that articles written and posted on LinkedIn can appear within Google searches, so if you have the capacity to write your thoughts about niche areas of interest then it could effectively boost your profile within search engines. The balance of formal and informal language There’s a cliché that says “never post anything online that you’re not happy for your boss to see” and this is something that is definitely true. With open privacy settings on most social media sites, it’s easy to see what candidates are saying online about a wide range of subjects, which may not necessarily be relevant to your profession. In some instances, this could be beneficial – if you show your personality and your interests then you can start to build positive relationships and share mutual interests with potential colleagues and/or the people that you are providing care and support for. A top tip is to remember that if your accounts are publicly visible (and most social media sites are open by default), you should think about your choice of language. If your profiles are littered with spelling mistakes and poor grammar, an employer may have concerns about your ability to complete administrative tasks or your communication skills. Employers won’t expect you to always use formal language on your personal accounts, but it should reflect the image that you want to project. If you would like some further guidance on how you can enhance your digital footprint, then please get in touch with our dedicated Executive team.
Using video tech in recruitment
If you have changed social work job roles regularly throughout your career, you’ll know the basic processes involved. Once a hiring manager has reviewed your CV, you’ll hopefully be invited to an interview where you’ll have a chance to sell yourself and your skills in person to the interviewing panel. We’ve started to see an increase in technology being used within the recruitment process; particularly for more senior social work positions. Action! How video interviews are becoming more mainstreamOver the past year, we have noticed that hiring managers are more open to using video interviews; technology has made it much easier for them to function in the same way as face-to-face interviews. Systems such as Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp Messenger and Google Hangout are great conferencing tools because they allow groups of people to join in a safe online environment, conducive to formal interviews. John Rudland, Executive Search Consultant, Sanctuary Executive tells us: “When it comes to senior positions, hiring managers understand that to find the right people for the role, they may need to recruit from a wider geographical net. The ease of video conferencing is hugely beneficial for both clients and candidates for several reasons.”“For candidates; it means that they can have a formal job interview without the pressures of taking time off work and factoring in travel expenses. It also means that they may be likely to apply for jobs which are further away than they are used to – particularly for interim roles where they might go in to manage a specific project before moving on elsewhere.”He adds: “For clients, they may find that video conferencing can make it easier to coordinate the hiring teams. Typically, when it comes to senior recruitment, interviews are conducted by a panel comprising of Directors of Service (or Assistant Directors), Heads of Service and HR Directors. These people are incredibly busy, so it can be a logistical challenge to find suitable times for all. Video conferencing addresses these challenges, helping to speed up the process for everyone involved.”Accessible to all – no heavy investment requiredWhen it comes to senior recruitment, we know that time is of the essence. The quicker our clients can fill their senior positions, the sooner they will be able to lead their services towards positive outcomes for children and adults. As mentioned, video conferencing enables hiring panels to get together for interviews even when their diaries do not match up, which allows them to find the right candidate faster than ever before. The proliferation of systems such as Skype and Google Hangout means that the technology is not only accessible to all parties involved (with no financial investment required), but the functionality of these systems is incredibly intuitive, making them very easy to use.Sanctuary Executive works closely with local authorities across the UK to offer a bespoke consultancy service. To find out more, get in touch.
New joint interim Chief Social Workers for Adults announced
Those working in adult social services will be interested to know that the Department for Health and Social Care has announced the appointment of Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey as joint interim Chief Social Workers for Adults. The pair, who will be managing the role as part of a job share, will replace Lyn Romeo who will take a 12-month break for personal reasons.Between them, Leddra and Harvey have a collective 55 years of expertise within social work, and they will combine their secondment with their existing social work roles.Introducing the joint interim Chief Social Workers for AdultsFran Leddra is currently Principal Social Worker and Strategic Lead of Safeguarding and Adult Social Care in Thurrock Council. She is an advocate for safeguarding practice and will be keen to ensure that the profession continues to uphold its values and responsibilities.She says: “Mark and I have both held the co-chair role for the Principal Social Workers Network and this experience undoubtedly led us to apply for this secondment opportunity. With a challenging year ahead, we want to continue to drive forward the Chief Social Worker priorities and to ensure social work and social care is high on the political agenda.”Mark Harvey is Operations Director for adult disability services in Hertfordshire County Council. Throughout his career, he has worked across both Local Authority and NHS services primarily specialising in mental health and learning disability services.He adds:“To work alongside Fran as the Chief Social Worker is a fantastic opportunity and something, I am immensely keen to bring my frontline experience to. The year ahead is likely to be one of significant change and opportunity. I am looking forward to continuing Lyn Romeo’s work to lead an approach that can embed social work at the core of DHSC’s work to achieve a better outcome for the people we serve.”Sanctuary Executive’s viewOur Executive division works closely with senior management teams across the top end of social care. We are excited to hear that the new joint Interim Chief Social Workers for Adults will continue to maintain their frontline roles because it will bring the position much closer to the profession.Speaking of the joint appointments, James Rook, our Chief Executive, says: “The role of the Chief Social Worker for Adults is hugely important in bridging the gap between frontline services and government legislation. Over the past five years, Lyn Romeo has done a fantastic job and her passion for the role has always been clear. We believe that the joint appointments of Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey can continue to transform services because they can use their collective expertise to listen to the needs of adult social workers.”He continues: “As the new regulator Social Work England launches at the end of the year, we’ll be interested to see how they work closely with Fran to uphold and maintain social work responsibilities. It’s important that the transition from the HCPC to Social Work England is as seamless as possible, so we’re sure that they’ll benefit from Fran’s knowledge and experience. We’re also extremely excited to see how Mark can use his mental health specialisms to continue to develop and enhance services to improve mental health provision for service users. It’s truly an exciting time for the social work profession and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”To find out more, why not read what some of our happy clients have had to say or simply get in touch with us.
Social Work England launch confirmed
It has now been revealed that Social Work England, the new regulator for social workers in England will officially take over from the Health and Care Professions Council on Monday 02 December 2019.The switchover date was confirmed by Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi at the Association of Directors of Children’s Services conference last week. Following the takeover, Social Work England will be the official professional regulator, taking responsibility for professional standards, registration and fitness to practice. The change in regulator has been long-coming. Plans were previously announced by former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan back in 2016 as part of reforms to the social work profession. The new regulator was confirmed as part of the Children and Families Act 2017.Colum Conway, Chief Executive of Social Work England, says: “We are delighted to be able to announce that we will soon become the new specialist regulator for social workers. As a social worker, I understand the positive impact that professionals have on millions of people. I also understand the complexity of the work and the competing priorities in the role. That is why we are putting collaborative working at the heart of all we do and our recent consultation on rules and standards was just one example of this. “Over the course of the year, we will continue to work with the HCPC to ensure an efficient and smooth transition. We are also committed to exploring new approaches that offer responsive and proportionate regulation – empowering professionals to be the very best they can be.” As the date draws nearer, we’ll be working closely with our social work community to communicate any changes in order to help make the transition as seamless as possible.We know that you’ll have plenty of questions regarding the transfer and your registration requirements, so please stay tuned to our blog pages and make sure you’re subscribed to Social Work News magazine.
It’s a form of digital social work
As an experienced former children’s social worker himself, Jeremy Jayasuriya is in a unique position with the launch of his new company, Walk A Mile. Specialising in the filming and creation of digital life stories for Looked-After Children, Jeremy has been able to combine his years of social work experience with a new innovative approach to social work. “I see it as a form of digital social work” he says with a laugh as he sits down with Social Work News magazine to discuss his new venture over a coffee.“We’ve established a new model which not only creates bespoke life stories with the young person in mind, but it frees up valuable time and effort, allowing social workers to concentrate on other pressing matters. What’s not to like?” Indeed, the Walk A Mile package certainly offers something new and innovative for social workers to trial. Launched last year, having been under development for two and a half years, Walk A Mile is a novel way of creating a personal life story for children and young people living within the care system. As part of the package, Jeremy and his team (who have a mix of social care and videography experience) can work alongside social work professionals to capture life stories on film – offering a refreshing alternative to traditional paper-based scrap books. “Life stories are such an important intervention tool for practitioners because they really allow the child to gain a sense of their own identity and understand where they came from. Unfortunately, from personal experience I know how labour intensive these books are. It’s also a fact that they can often get damaged when they are presented to a child who may be in some distress. I wanted to be able to create a newer version which would not only sp