Adult Social Care and Integrated Services

Newcastle upon Tyne

Lead Practitioner - Housing Services



Full time

£38,890 - £41,881 per annum

Newcastle City Council’s Active Inclusion Service is seeking to appoint a Lead Practitioner to its statutory homelessness and housing advice service.

Our aim is, wherever possible, to prevent homelessness at the earliest stage by helping residents to maintain the foundations for a stable life: somewhere to live, an income, financial inclusion and employment opportunities. We hope that this opportunity will attract interest from people who are committed to preventing and ending homelessness in Newcastle.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an internationally recognised council for its homelessness prevention work as evidenced by the World Habitat 2020 Gold Award

The role of the Lead Practitioner is to assist the Housing Assessment and Advice Manager to manage the operational homeless and housing advice service. The Lead Practitioner will assist in developing homelessness prevention and relief options for residents at risk of homelessness by working collaboratively with housing and homelessness services and other relevant partners.

This role can be demanding but rewarding, providing a real opportunity to help people to access the services they require and develop new responses to prevent homelessness.

A key part of this role is to provide supervision and case management advice and support to front line officers carrying out statutory homeless assessments ensuring all decisions are in line with national legislation and local policy aims. The Lead Practitioner role acts as a single point of contact for external partners providing professional advice and guidance to partners to improve the outcomes for clients in housing need.

You will need to have a good understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness and its prevention, along with IT and case management and coordination skills. The ability to meet deadlines, interpret case law and dealing with difficult and challenging situations in the context of the Council’s policies and legal duties. As well as this the successful candidate will need to be able to negotiate and communicate effectively with people presenting as homeless and external partners.

For an informal discussion please contact Catherine Hattam on 07970630673.

If you are successful we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have any unspent criminal convictions.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.

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In accordance with Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021, staff deployed to work in CQC registered care homes providing accommodation and nursing or personal care are required to have full vaccination status or a medical exemption before working or being deployed into work settings covered by the legislation. Applicants to positions covered by these regulations are required to provide certified evidence of their vaccination status or medical exemption as part of any pre employment checks.


Closing date:

9 February 2022

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