Graduate Trainee Scheme for Social Workers

NHS · Competitive · Norwich
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In the first year of the scheme you will work in either a Childrens Services or Adult Social Services team.

In Childrens Services you would be a Graduate Trainee Family Practitioner in the Family Support Service providing direct work to children, young people and families in their homes or in the community where support is needed. These families require intervention for a range of issues affecting the children and young people in the home and are beyond being able to be supported by universal services alone.You will have a caseload of children and young people for whom you are responsible for and will undertake assessments, devise plans with partner agencies and most importantly provide direct work/ interventions to effect change.You will work closely with social work colleagues within Childrens Services and with partner agencies such as schools and Childrens Centres to support the families you are working with.

As a Graduate Trainee Assistant Practitioner in Adult Social Services you will gain experience of working within a front-line team with a range of service users. The work will include undertaking strength-based assessments and reviews under the Care Act, determining eligibility and working with the service user, their family and friends to come up with person centred Care and Support plans to meet eligible needs. You will experience working with other professionals which may include Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Nurses, General Practitioners, District Nurses and Community Matrons, looking at the holistic needs of the service user and coming up with different options in which to support the service user. During your time you will gain a knowledge of the local community and what is on offer that may support the service user with their independence and prevent, reduce and delay the need for more formal care and support.

MA in Social Work

Subject to satisfactory performance in this work, you will then take up a place on UEAs 2-year MA in Social Work programme in September 2022. For further information about the MA programme please go to: MA Social Work - UEA

You will not be employed while undertaking the MA, but to support you with the cost of fees and living expenses, Norfolk County Council will provide you with a retainer payment of 6,500 for each of the two years of the MA programme. You will also be able to apply for an NHS bursary* to further help with the costs.

In return for the retainer payment, you will be required to sign a contract confirming that you will return to work in a Childrens or Adults social work teams for a minimum of two years on successful completion of the course and successful job interview.

  • Please note there are no guarantees of receiving an NHS bursary and it will be the applicants responsibility to cover any shortfall of the university fees to UEA from the bursary amount awarded.


Applicants must have:

  • A 2:1 degree completed in the last six years. If you fall outside of this time frame, then you will need to show evidence of recent study.
  • English Language and Maths GCSE at grade C/4 or above (functional skills will only be accepted for Maths)
  • A full current UK driving licence

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