Independent Practitioner - Social Worker - Working for Essex
Salary: Paid per case model
Closing date: 02 Feb 2023
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10472
Role: Social Care
About the role

Independent Practitioner - Social Worker


Pay Rate: Paid per case model

Location: Countywide Team - work is batched per quadrant based on need/priority

Working Pattern: Flexible

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Please note - pay starts at £125 Ltd / £103 PAYE per case model, please see below for more information.

As self-employed independent practitioners, you will work flexibly from home, accessing offices for printing or scanning, there will be no expectation for office based working in this role.

The Team

The Independent Workforce Team (IWT) is a unique team that is largely made up of Independent Practitioners including Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Assistants. We operate with a small and dedicated core team with over 70 independent practitioners working flexibly for us to deliver efficient and effective outcomes for Adults, Carers, and Families in Essex.

Our social workers predominantly support the Reablement pathways, completing time limited Care Act assessments and reviews, as well as other relevant assessment tasks such as Mental Capacity Assessments and NHS CHC checklists/DSTs. We also support our operational services with other Reviews and Capital Funds Drop Assessments. We also provide back up capacity where operational services struggle to meet demand.

The Role

To be a competent and effective Independent Practitioner, you will need to be committed to a minimum number of cases per month, using your professional practice, knowledge and expertise whilst also being able to work autonomously with confidence. Whilst you will have access to daily professional support and advice to manage your caseload, from our Workforce Coordinators, Senior Occupational Therapists and Social Workers, and managers, you will be expected to seek and source your own independent clinical supervision as a self-employed worker.

There is vast material at hand for you to access in relation to Practice and Process Guidance, and information around how you carry out your role, as well as virtual informal learning and development opportunities.

We expect you to carry out fast paced, discreet pieces of work, managing your own work to the highest standard and with the utmost competence. Whilst we encourage you to work flexibly, which can include outside your normal Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, you will need to be able to balance this flexibility against the service demands and respond to emails and phone calls in a timely manner whilst following Essex County Council policies.

You will be a passionate professional in demonstrating expert and effective practice ability from routine to complex situations. Managing a caseload and working collaboratively with statutory and non-statutory/voluntary agencies ensuring a joined-up approach is expected. It is essential that you have significant experience of Social Care.

You are expected to keep updating your own training and development as per Social Work England requirements and any training that IWT asks you to attend. The role requires you to be mobile and able to travel throughout the County of Essex. Driving licence and a car is essential.


IWT work is allocated on what is called a pay per case model. Successful candidates will be paid on completion of case, there is not a day or hourly rate. Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will not apply to this assignment. The payrate includes mileage, parking and/or expenses, however IWT will try to batch allocations together to make your outgoings less and your work easier. Successful candidates will be expected to be allocated no less than six assessment or reviews per month and this will not exceed 40 assessment or reviews per month.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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