Practice Standards Lead

£33,782 to £37,890
08 Feb 2021
03 Mar 2021
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Job Title: Adults and Communities Practice Standards Lead
Contract: Permanent
Location: Plough Lane - Hereford
Hours: 37 hours
Salary: £33,782 to £37,890
Closing date: 03/03/21
Interview: 15/03/21

The adult and communities directorate is part of Herefordshire Council. It is known for its passion to make safety and independence a reality for all. Through its talk community programme individuals are provided with robust access to information and signposting, enabling skills they can use for themselves or the people they support with options from and within their local communities and local businesses, knowledge to allow choices and control over everyday matters and when required options from adult social care staff members such as domiciliary workers, occupational therapists and social workers.

We’re enabling residents to live safe, healthy and independent lives.

The practice standards lead works alongside the adult social care staff members, promoting excellence in their practice, developing their capabilities and confidence to evidence the application of best practice standards here in Herefordshire.

We’re looking for someone with drive to ensure the teams complete set targets, creative in unconventional ways to solve problems and make complex professional standards easily accessible; someone whom can design and deliver engaging workshops, assisting new and experienced professionals with the confidence to demonstrate their strengths and seek out opportunities for learning and improvement; someone whom can successfully run a parallel robust auditing schedule and practice observation to provide those practitioners with an independent perspective, to critique evidence provided and someone whom can confidently report findings of the programmes back to the practitioners and their managers and to regional moderators.

The post holder will work alongside the directorate’s principal practitioner whom will assist to define the practice standards; the workforce development lead to deliver learning opportunities; the performance team’s data analysts whom can seek out information and specialists within the workforce whom can advise and assist delivery.

Your development opportunities will involve working shadowing the current staff members, meeting the specialist support available in-house, observing meetings, asking questions, learning and critiquing existing services. Your induction, supervision and appraisal will be regularly conducted by a specialist in the field.

You will be provided with access to research in practice online, associate membership with the independent organisations for the registered professionals and connection to the west midlands practice standards regional networking groups.

We will offer
• 25 days annual leave per year rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service plus Bank Holidays and 2 days unpaid at Christmas (pro rata for part time)
• Enrolment in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
• Access to a high quality programme of evidence-based learning and development to enhance skills and practice
• Regular 1:1’s and development opportunities
• Payment of professional membership fees
• A generous relocation package for eligible candidates
• Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts. We also offer an employee assistance programme that means you will have access to confidential support and advice if you ever need it.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.

We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.

The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post:
• Those who indicate they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the ‘Disability Confident’ scheme.
• Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and
• Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care

Herefordshire is a naturally beautiful rural county, where people are attracted to the rewarding and stimulating work and social opportunities outside an urban setting. We have lively and active communities in our villages and market towns of Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Kington, Leominster and Bromyard, as well as the vibrant and historic city of Hereford. All offer good schools, entertainment and shopping facilities. There’s something for all ages, great community spirit and is a wonderful place to live and work.

If you would like to discuss this job in more detail please contact Michelle Jones via email using ‘practice standards lead recruitment’ as the subject title.
To apply, please submit your CV along with a supporting statement, referring to the job description and person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Due to social distancing and infection controls currently in place we will contact you to discuss interview arrangements. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at:                    

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