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Practice Development Lead, Ref: 50059231

County Hall

Grade 11, £37,050

Contact: Please view information pack and complete your job application online at Telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

Vacancy Reference: 50059231

Closing Date: 23/10/2020

Interview Date: 05/11/2020




I am delighted that you are considering working on the Isle of Wight; this is truly an exciting time! As we continue our journey towards excellence!

Adult Services on the Island is an innovative organisation, passionate about ensuring person centred delivery, strength-based approaches and outcomes which make a difference to the lives of those we serve. Our values matter, influencing individual and organisational practice. To join our team is to join a caring, supportive group of professionals with a clear vision of what excellence looks like in all aspects of Adult Social Care.

We are 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. - Simon Homes, Adult Social Services Principal Social Worker.


This leadership role within our Adult Service team requires a diverse skill set with experience in the following areas;

Experience of delivering training and presentations to a wide range of audiences

Proven track record in social work practice

A sound knowledge base of legislation, policy and procedural requirements.


Knowledge must include;

Care Act

Mental Health Act

Mental Capacity Act


Making Safeguarding Personal

CQC requirements.

The successful applicant will be required to create lesson plans and gather statistical information to inform training needs analysis for our department. You will be tasked with developing a ‘learning culture’ across the organisation, and fully engage in team meetings to embed best practice. We are in essence seeking a Practice Development Lead with a solutions-based approach, who works confidently under pressure and to deadlines.


I am delighted that you are considering applying for the Practice Development role. 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 and 2020 awards.

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 – 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 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. - Dr Carol Tozer, Director of Adult Social Services

We are looking forward to receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and share our vision and values. For those considering relocating, we offer a generous relocation package. For those who decide to commute daily, we can reimburse travel costs.

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

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

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.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees. 

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.

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.

In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.