Principal Social Worker (PSW)

Principal Social Worker (PSW)

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £45,216 per annum
  • Closing date: Friday March 29th, 2019 11:59pm
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37 hours per week

Salary: £45,216 per annum

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 About us

Do it Your Way as a Leader

Do you want to shape how things are done, make a positive difference to people’s lives and enjoy the freedom to drive forward change? – you can Do it your way in Somerset.

We are proud of the way we are transforming in Somerset to ensure the single most important thing is that every resident has the opportunity to lead a happy, healthy and independent life. We are ambitious in wanting to deliver highly effective and well-managed adult services that place the service user at the centre of everything.

If you are looking for a new role to get your teeth into that is exciting, fast paced and will help springboard your career, join us in Somerset.

About the job

You will have the freedom to design services, make the changes you want and really touch people’s lives – you can Do it your way.

The Principal Social Worker will strategically identify, develop, improve and embed social work practice across Somerset.

You will have the opportunity to design and shape practice, and create unique new ways of working.

You will engage and work directly with people who use services, carers, and with relevant other professionals to enhance practice. You will advise on professional practice within a fast moving social care environment and be able to influence at all levels.

You will identify national guidelines and practice that can improve practice in Somerset as well as influence and be involved in developing national practice.

You will ensure that the promoting independence model of working is embedded in all practice.

You will enjoy the challenge and variety of working with managers and staff across all areas of the council, including mental health and learning disability teams.

About you

We are looking for forward thinking, innovative Leaders who are not afraid to do things differently to create support that is better for people.

You’ll be driven by your passion for making a genuinely positive difference to lives of service users.
This will be backed up by your considerable knowledge and experience of social work.

You will need to be:
• HCPC Registered and a Qualified Social Worker
• Innovative
• Motivated and passionate
• Creative
• Forward thinking
• Able to make things happen and drive forward change
• Full of new ideas
• Able to work at pace

You’ll be brave in your approach to work, not afraid to do things differently where it genuinely benefits the service user. You’ll be able to demonstrate a real creative spark when it comes to your work.

If you are interested in finding out more about this post, please get in touch with Niki Shaw on 07947 446678 or via

If uploading a CV please also include a supporting statement confirming how you meet the criteria.

What we’ll offer in return 

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. We offer an excellent benefits package which includes:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Relocation support
  • Staff discounts
  • Pension scheme

Somerset County Council is subject to Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English will be an essential requirement for customer-facing roles.

 Please note if an internal applicant who is at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment has applied for this role and passed the selection process they will be offered the role over remaining internal and external applicants.

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.

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Closing date: 29 March 2019