Job Vacancies

Here's the list of our current vacancies. Clicking will take you through to the job featured on the Devon Jobs website.

Working with Children

Ref: SWC/17/SSW

Closing date: 20 Aug 2017

In Devon we can offer experienced practitioners the tools and support they require to deliver tangible outcomes for the children and young people in our county as well as a wide range of career opportunities. Currently we have opportunities based in localities across Devon and are particularly keen to hear from those interested in working in Children and Families teams in Exeter, Mid and North Devon.

Ref: SWC/17/TSW

Closing date: 20 Aug 2017

In Devon we can offer experienced practitioners the tools and support they require to deliver tangible outcomes for the children and young people in our county as well as a wide range of career opportunities.  We have developed a programme of support to allow qualified Social Workers a route to transition into Children and Families Social work teams. We are inviting applications from qualified social workers who hold current HCPC registration and have been working in a social work field, you don’t need to have all the experience of working in a children’s social work setting but will have acquired the necessary skills through your social work practice.  As part of your extended induction programme you will be supported to transition into Children and Families Social work.  You will be provided with a learning agreement for your 6 month transition programme, regular supervision and support provided on an individual, group and mentoring basis.  Your caseload will reflect your professional capability and development needs and you will have protected time to participate in learning and development activities as well as opportunities to develop your practice capability.

Ref: SWC/17/TM

Closing date: 20 Aug 2017

If you are a qualified Social Worker with supervisory or management experience, and current HCPC registration, why not join one of our Children’s Social Work management teams? At Devon County Council, we are looking for Team Managers who want to make their mark. Using your exceptional social work skills and knowledge, you will be leading and managing our dedicated social worker teams towards even higher standards of practice. In turn, we will give you our support and encouragement to be the very best manager you can be, so that you can deliver tangible outcomes to the children, young people and families who need them most.

Right now, we have a number of vacancies, including: -

Team Managers to join us in MASH in Exeter, and in Children and Families teams in North, Mid & East Devon, and Exeter.


Ref: SWC/17/ASYE

Closing date: 3 Sep 2017

Devon is a great place to live and work. We are an ambitious authority and are improving our children’s services to get to good.

We offer newly qualified social workers the opportunity to join our outstanding Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme offering dedicated, consistent and effective support in your first year of practice, enabling you to approach your career in social work with confidence. The 12 month programme offers a positive introduction to both children’s social work in Devon and the profession in general.

It’s a really great time to join us.

Opportunities for Children's Senior Social Workers – Overseas Applicants Only

Ref: SWC/17/OSW

Closing date: 9 Jul 2017 (applications closed)

Social Worker (Adoption & Fostering) Multiple Posts

Ref: REC/17/00253

Closing date: 30 Jul 2017 (applications closed)

Working with Adults

Ref: SWA/17/SSW

Closing date: 1 Oct 2017

The Social Worker of the Year Awards were recently presented, with one of our Senior Social Workers taking the Silver Award for Adult Social Worker of the Year. We are looking for experienced social workers to join us at DCC where we can offer both Full and Part Time opportunities to people interested in developing their skills and experience in a supportive environment.

Adults Social Workers - Assessed & Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)

Ref: REC/17/00024

Closing date: 2 Apr 2017 (applications closed)

Senior Social Worker (Best Interests Assessor)

Ref: REC/17/00180

Closing date: 11 Jun 2017 (applications closed)

Working in Mental Health

Approved Mental Health Professional

Ref: REC/17/00188

Closing date: 12 Jul 2017 (applications closed)

Ref: REC/17/00285

Closing date: 10 Sep 2017


Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)/Trainee AMHP Posts with the Older People’s AMHP Team Based in Exeter and North Devon within the Devon daytime dedicated AMHP Service Exeter Part time, 30 hours per week North Devon Full Time, 37 hours per week

G grade (£30,785 - £34,538) + a market supplement of £3,500 a year (pro-rata and subject to annual review upon successful completion of the AMHP training course). A relocation package is available for successful candidates who are coming from outside of Devon.

As part of our daytime AMHP Service, these roles are situated within the Older People’s AMHP Team and link closely with our Adult Community Health and Social Care Teams and assigned AMHP colleagues in Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

The Daytime AMHP Service was awarded the “Social Worker Team of the Year – Adult Services Award” in 2016 and has also been short-listed for a 2017 “Positive Practice in Mental Health Award” in the category of Mental Health and Social Care.

The posts are open to qualified and registered social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses.  They are also open to warranted AMHPs from within and outside of the Devon County Council area.


All AMHPs receive regular individual and peer supervision and appraisal. Devon County Council also offer a programme of post-qualifying AMHP training in order to support your practice and on-going warranting as an AMHP.

The role of daytime AMHPs within Devon County Council has significantly changed in recent times. Now consisting of five locally dedicated AMHP teams, with support from those AMHPs based in Adult Social Care, our AMHPs no longer carry caseloads within community teams. Instead, our AMHPs work more flexibly with internal and external partners to ensure a more robust response to those individuals who are at risk of being detained or restricted under the Mental Health Act. Along with frontline duty, our AMHPs routinely work with crisis teams, wards, community teams, street triage, police, CAMHS and other services proactively to ensure the most appropriate legal response. In addition, our AMHPs will also have a small allocation of community MHA patients with the aim of supporting patients and their treating teams with the management of those Orders.

Trainee AMHPs

For those who are offered a Trainee AMHP position, the initial focus for that individual will be to develop the necessary skills, knowledge base and practice, in anticipation of submitting a successful application to the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) course provided by Bournemouth University. In order to apply for a Trainee AMHP post, you must have completed, or already have submitted, the Bournemouth University Graduate Certificate in Specialist Practice or equivalent (e.g. Consolidation for Specialist Practice, PQ1 etc.) in mental health practice. The other qualifications acceptable are the Bournemouth University Risk and Decision Making in Practice at Masters level, or the Best Interest Assessors qualification at Masters level.


Where an applicant is currently working in a mental health service (and has been for at least 6 months) and has already has studied at masters level (and been awarded masters level credits), there is flexibility to consider such candidates. The applicant must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient evidence of professional practice and academic preparation for AMHP training at job interview in order to be considered suitable for the post of Trainee AMHP.


Any final offer of a post will only be given on successful completion of the previously mentioned qualifications. The AMHP course is delivered at Masters level, and candidates will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to meet the academic rigours of the course in their application and at interview.

Prior to joining the AMHP training course, the Trainee AMHP will work within their locality AMHP team under the supervision of the Practice Manager. The aim is for the Trainee AMHPs to have a full opportunity to experience the role and its complexity prior to the course. The Trainee AMHP will support duty AMHPs on a variety of MHA assessments; spend time with the Central AMHP Team, provide s.2 reports to Mental Health Tribunals and engage in follow up work with patients, their families and other professionals.

We would be aiming for successful candidates to join the April 2018 AMHP Training course which will be based in Exeter. The Daytime AMHP Service will reserve the right to delay access to the course if further development of the candidate is felt to be required. Redeployment in line with Devon County Council’s policies will also be considered should the candidate be unable to successfully undertake or complete the process.

Older People’s AMHP Team position

In addition to undertaking rota and off rota work as an Approved Mental Health Professional, you will be responsible for linking principally with the Community Health and Social Care Teams across Exeter and North Devon, with the Exeter post having a base at Exeter Community Hospital, and the North Devon post at Barnstaple Health Centre but also linking with all North Devon social care teams. You may in addition be required at times to link with other Community Health and Social Care Teams across the county.

About you

You will be a registered social worker, occupational therapist or mental health nurse with a proven track record of commitment to professional development, and experience of working with people in mental health crises. You must be committed to the principles of mental health legislation, with a strong focus on recovery and prevention principles and the promotion of human rights for people with mental health issues and their supporters. You should have demonstrable experience in statutory mental health services, with a specific focus on risk management and multi-agency working.

For an informal discussion regarding the roles available, please contact:

Exeter Older People’s AMHP post: Deborah Rudman (Team Manager) – 01392 383000, Robert Lewis (AMHP Service Manager) – 01392 208948, Gayle Polaine (Exeter and Central AMHP Team - Practice Manager) – 01392 208242

North Devon Older People’s AMHP post: Deborah Rudman (Team Manager) – 01392 383000 Caroline Skinner (North Devon AMHP Practice Manager) – 01271 443215 Robert Lewis (AMHP Service Manager) – 01392 208948

A DBS disclosure is required for these posts.


Any questions?

If you would like to talk to one of the recruitment team about Social Work in Devon, or have any questions you think we might be able to help with, we'd love to hear from you. Please email our Recruitment team mailbox at: Tell us your name, contact details and any information you think we should know. If you would prefer to speak to someone, we can arrange that too.