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Social Work Trainee Pod Model – Gateshead Council and the University of Sunderland

Social care showcase webinar number one

Recorded 26 January 2023

SCIE is pleased to be offering a series of webinars on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care in 2023.

A new collaborative model in Gateshead provides robust, on-the-job training to aspiring social workers whilst increasing assessment capacity across teams. Across the social care sector workforce difficulties are being experienced, with many employing agencies seeking solutions. SCIE is pleased to showcase one such approach, because having the right work force is a powerful step towards achieving our goals for this sector.

In these webinars we are showcasing local authorities who are taking great strides towards readiness for the charging reforms and social care reform. These webinars will be an opportunity for the sector to recognise the improvements that are taking place nationally and will spark continued sector innovation.

Panel from Gateshead Council:

  • Olivia Walters – Management Trainee
  • Steph Downey – Service Director – Adult Social Care
  • John Foreman – Service Manager, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health
  • Julie Smiles – Senior Lecturer Social Work/ Programme Leader – BA (Hons) Social Work (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship)/FHEA
  • Sarah Beck – Associate Head of School of Social Sciences
  • Melony Bramwell – Service Manager (Safeguarding, Protection & Social Work Standards)
  • Michelle Morgan – Lead Practitioner Trainee Social Work Team (Trainee Social Work Pod)
  • James Davenport – Lead Practitioner Trainee Social Work Team (Mental Health Pod).

Watch the webinar recording

Webinar slides: Social Work Trainee Pod Model