Band 3 Social Worker Apprenticeship/Recovery Coordinator - Wiltshire

Avon and Wiltshire Men
Green Land Hosptial, Devizes
Competitive salary
08 Jun 2021
14 Jun 2021
Role Type
Start Date
  • Are you looking to start an exciting and rewarding new career as a social worker in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust?
  • Do you have strong person-centred values and a commitment to supporting and empowering people?
  • Do you want to gain 'on-the-job' experience while developing the knowledge, skills and behaviour required to be a competent social worker?

We are searching for aspiring apprentices who would like a career within our mental health service. For the first time we are offering a Social Work degree apprenticeship that will give you the chance to achieve professional registration with Social Work England and will enable you to build a career in one of the UK's most progressive Trusts.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

We are offering this apprenticeship opportunity in partnership with The Open University. You will be employed by the Trust, working in one of our community services as a "Recovery Co-ordinator". Upon successful completion of the degree apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to apply for a band 5 social work role. There is no charge to you as the cost of the course is met by the Trust and you will be earning while you learn.

You will spend some time on placement in a different team and will be supported by a Social Work placement supervisor. When you are not on placement, you will have dedicated time in your working week to achieve the required competencies of the role, which will include skill days and tutorials. Work-based learning will continue in your substantive role with the support of your manager.

This is an opportunity to learn the skills of social work, including different approaches and methods when working with individuals, families and carers. You will gain experience in planning, carrying out, reviewing and evaluating social work practice. A key component is learning to evaluate and manage risk as well as understanding the legal frameworks and statutory roles of social workers.

You will come to understand the ethical basis of social work, enabling you to consider the impact of social policy on practice as well as how individual and social characteristics lead to disadvantage and social exclusion.

In addition, you will be learning about the role of a professional, including key skills of communication and working in partnership, evaluating information and identifying your own developmental needs.

It is likely that successful applicants will have significant voluntary or paid experience working with vulnerable people. Minimally candidates will possess GCSE/GCE (or equivalent) passes in both English. They will have basic level of IT competence and, where English is not their first language, have an IELTS score of 7. All appointments will be subject to DBS checks.

Further details of the Open University apprenticeship can be found at: The Open University webpage

First interviews will be held w/c 21 June with second interviews - over two days - including the Open University on 15 and 16 July. Appointments will be effective from circa 7 September 2021.

For further details / informal visits contact: Phil Rhodes, Access Services Manager on 01225 362700 or

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We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, and people living with disabilities - we are a 'Disability Confident Employer' offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations.

You can submit your application via NHS Jobs and TRAC. Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system 'TRAC'. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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