Practice Development

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Practice Development Lead Ref: 50059231

County Hall, Newport

Grade 11, £36,058 to £38,743

Vacancy Reference: 50059231

Closing Date: 22/07/2020

Interview Date: 06/08/2020

1x Full time permanent position

Introduction by Dr Carol Tozer, Director of Adult Social Services


I am delighted that you are considering whether or not to apply for the Practice Development role in my Department. I hope my message below encourages you to do so.

Here on the Isle of Wight, we are in year three of our strategy “Care Close to Home” (CCtH). The results so far have been impressive and earned us a place as a finalist in the health and care category of both the Local Government Chronicle and Municipal Journal 2019 awards.

Under CCtH we have: more than halved the rate of admissions into residential care amongst elders; reduced the rate of permanent admissions into care homes by working age adults by over 80%; established a highly effective and innovative approach to demand management through the voluntary and community sector (seeing less than a 3% re-referral rate into ASC); quadrupled our home based reablement offer with over 69% of people needing no onward care and support; reduced the numbers of children living in bed and breakfast accommodation by 81%; and secured the support of our colleagues across the Department in making the many changes we have so successful (over 95% of our colleagues report that they understand, support and “own” CCtH).

We are obsessed with how to best use the strengths of those we serve in designing their care and support – supporting people to regain and maintain the maximum level of independence possible. And we are blessed with having a vibrant and expert voluntary and community sector – who we regard as equal partners in the design and delivery of care and support for the people we serve (so that all of our contracts with them are now a for a minimum three years).

Of course, integration with health is a key priority – and being surrounded by water means that we really have to invest in making relationships and care pathways work effectively – as our residents cannot easily, or cheaply, go elsewhere. We have recently published our single Health and Care Plan for the IoW. Our Integrated Locality Services work effectively in avoiding attendance at A&E and “admission” (be that hospital or a care home). Equally, we are integrating care management with health across mental health and learning disabilities – and the plan is also to fully integrate commissioning budgets in these areas.

Very importantly, Care Close to Home has enabled additional investment in our workforce over the last two years – filling gaps in our previous learning and development offer and ensuring that we support colleagues to keep abreast of best practice from elsewhere and research findings by our active membership of Research in Practice for Adults. We have appointed a new Principal Social Worker (and created a new Practice Development Unit to support his work) and strengthened capacity at service manager level.

But we have so much more to do and we need a visionary, talented Practice Development Lead to join us..

I am looking for someone who is as excited as I was when I joined the IoW almost three years ago to be part of something very special. We may be small, but our ambition is to be a national exemplar of best practice and to support the people we serve to live independent, fulfilling lives.

Working for a small Council, you will need to be flexible as we do not have the depth and breadth of management tiers that exist in larger Councils: but, for the right candidate, that will be a draw, not a disincentive.

The successful candidate will be expected to commit to the island. Living on the island speaks for itself in terms of quality of life. Property, relatively speaking of course, is affordable. Our children’s services were rated as “good” by Ofsted last year and our schools are improving. And there are beaches: many beaches in fact, with water surrounding us helping define what is so special about living on the island. The IoW is incredibly beautiful and I love living here: you do not spend hours commuting, it is big enough to avoid any sense of “island fever” and there is an excellent cultural offer (in fact, I think that the cultural offer is incredible for somewhere that is only 26 by 13 miles in size, including the IoW festival, to the IoW Proms and the IoW literary festival).

Local people are rightly proud of their island - and they expect the Council to be its primary champion and ambassador. This expectation extends to everyone who works for the Council, and especially its most senior officers, as this postholder will be.

Foreword from Simon Homes, Adult Social Services Principal Social Worker

I am delighted that you are considering working on the Isle of Wight; this is truly an exciting time! 

If you choose to work for Adult Services on the Isle of Wight you will be joining an innovative organisation who is passionate about ensuring person centred delivery strength-based approaches and outcomes which make a difference to the lives of the people we serve.

Our values matter and influence individual and organisational practice, you will be joining a caring and supportive team of professionals with a clear vision of what excellent looks like in all aspects of Adult Social Care.

I am looking for a talented Practice Development Lead who is confident and competent in all aspects of adult social care and who can continue the pace and drive for excellence here on the Isle of Wight. You will be ambitious about the outcomes delivered to those we serve, and those of the workforce, as we see the two as intrinsically linked.

If you have the desire to join us, please get in touch. I look forward to meeting you soon.

For further information or an informal discussion, you can either can call me on (01983) 821 000 extension 6792 or email me on

Please visit the Adult Social Care career opportunities page which holds inspiring testimonies from team members, a guide to what the Island offers as well as personal development opportunities we offer.

Team IWC Values:

  - Community & Customer focused

  - Effective & Efficient

  - Working together

  - Fair & transparent

 We are proud of our commitment to offer:

- Supporting and supervising all our social care workforce

- Providing opportunities for our staff as they develop and progress their professional careers

- Providing regular training opportunities.

We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values.

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island 

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity
within our local community. This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. 

In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.