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Assistant Practitioner

Job Description

The role

About Southwark:

We are the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues and social enterprises and we have a young, diverse and growing population.

At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities. Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do.

The Role:

The OPPD Service supports older adults and adults with a physical disability. We are a multi-professional service comprising of Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Assistant Practitioners. We are recruiting to an Assistant Practitioner post within our Assessment and Intake Team (A&I) and Community Review Team (CRT).

A&I provides a six week assessment and care planning service for services users based in the community and CRT provides a reviewing service for adults in receipt of services.

Within both teams you will be responsible for completing Care Act 2014 assessments to determine whether or not an individual is eligible for services. This includes the undertaking of proportionate assessments, assessing ongoing support, support planning and proactively working with complex issues, family dynamics, legal issues, crisis, providing information and advice, transferring to another team if required and the provision of some ongoing safeguarding work, under direct supervision from a qualified professional.

You will also be asked to complete Carers assessments to ensure that we are supporting the numerous informal carers within the borough.

About you:

We are looking for resilient practitioners who can manage competing demands and prioritise work effectively. You will have experience of working with older people and people with disability and ability to undertake strength based social care assessments. You will be a confident decision makers and who can stay calm under pressure. You will have experience of working effectively with other professionals and partner agencies as necessary. You will have the ability to establish a rapport and build and maintain a professional, respectful and honest relationship with the service user and their family/carer. You will have the ability to deliver focused interventions to safeguard vulnerable adults and promote independence, positive outcomes and promote the use of assistive technology.

Learning and development:

Throughout your time at Southwark you will be constantly learning. You will be challenged by your work, encouraged to try new approaches and supported to maximise your potential. We will invest in providing the resources you need to develop professionally, through a combination of informal on-the-job and formal development programmes. We also actively encourage our managers to develop their management and leaderships skills, with opportunities to access the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications.

Recruitment timetable

Closing date: Sunday 27th August 2023 at 23:59
Assessments and interview date: Monday 4th September 2023


We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.

Job Reference: SC05817

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