GMSWA Supports Return to Social Work Programme

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA) teaching partnership promotes social work standards across the Greater Manchester region. Two of the academic partners (The University of Manchester and the University of Salford) have collaborated to set up a new Return to Social Work programme, running at both universities with support from the GMSWA. The Return to Social Work training allows professionals who have left social work for a few years to update their skills, revitalise their practice, and value previous educational or employment experience. The One Stop Social team recently sat down with Patricia Carney (University of Manchester) and Suryia Nayak (University of Salford) to find out more about how this new Return to Social Work programme will benefit social workers throughout the area.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3617″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://www.gmswa.co.uk/events”][vc_cta h2=”” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Book Now” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_button_block=”true” btn_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Ftraining-events%2Fevents-card%2F%3FdID%3D4119%26title%3DReturn%2520to%2520Social%2520Work%2520Programme||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]

University of Salford

25th Feb 2019 – 26th Mar 2019

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University of Manchester

22nd Jan 2019 – 19th Feb 2019

[/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tell us about the new Return to Social Work Programme

“Our programme offers an effective mix of University and placement-based experience to prepare candidates to return to practice with confidence. The programme includes two taught days focussed on recent changes in practice where current practitioners share their experiences with candidates. Specialist input is provided on current legislation, policy and Safeguarding practice governing Children and Family, Adults and Mental Health social work.  A skills focused simulation day enables candidates to refresh their social work skills in a safe environment. Candidates have a ten day placement within a Local Authority within Greater Manchester. Candidates have a mentor/supervisor whilst on placement to enable the candidate to get the most out of this valuable ‘hands –on’ experience. After placement, a final two days within the University enables candidates to debrief and reflect on their placement, including identifying particular areas for development. The final day focusses on re-registration, CV preparation and social work job interviews. Candidates also undertake 15 days private study through the Virtual Learning Environment within the Universities, extensive library and learning resources on offer.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Who is this programme relevant for?

“This is for qualified social workers who have been out of practice for between 2 – 5 years who want to re-register with HCPC and return to practice.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How is the GMSWA supporting this endeavour?

“Firstly, GMSWA is funding places for 58 social work candidates wanting to return to practice who live in Greater Manchester and social workers who intend to work in Greater Manchester after they re-register.

Secondly, GMSWA have ten Local Authorities committed to providing the 10-day practice placements to support the programme. Candidates will have exposure to front-line statutory social work as part of their preparation to return to practice. The Local Authorities will provide mentor/supervisors to support these placements to ensure that candidates are enabled to make the most of this learning opportunity.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If social workers don’t qualify for GMSWA funding, what is the cost of this programme?

“Social workers who do not qualify for GMSWA funding will be asked to pay £1,000 in course fees. This will include the taught elements of the programme and the 10-day practice placement.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“What do you think is the value in a collaborative Return to Social Work Programme within Greater Manchester?”

“This collaborative Return to Social Work programme has produced a programme which is up to date in terms of what social workers need to go back into practice. Support from employers from across GMSWA ensures that the programme prepares candidates to be confident in their updated knowledge and skills. Practitioners are supporting the delivery of the programme and employers are supporting the placements.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When will the programme run?”

“Even more good news here is that the programme runs twice. The first programme is delivered by the University of Manchester. The dates are:

  • Refresher Days: 22, 23 & 24 Jan
  • Placement: a 10-day placement to take place between 25 Jan – 18
  • Bespoke Days: 18 & 19 Feb.
  • The closing date for applications for this programme – 7th January 2019 (contact: cartney@manchester.ac.uk or for an application form contact : pgtaught.socialwork@manchester.ac.uk )

The second programme is delivered by the University of Salford. The dates are:

  • Refresher Days: 25, 26 & 27 Feb
  • Placement: a 10-day placement to take place between 28 Feb and 22 March
  • Bespoke Days: 25 & 26 March 2019
  • The closing date for applications for this programme is: 4th February 2019 (contact: nayak@salford.ac.uk)”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Do the 2 programmes (at Salford and Manchester) provide the same training to social workers? If not, how do they differ?

“Yes, the programme is delivered in the same way at both Universities. They differ in terms of the dates to give candidates a choice.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How will this programme benefit social workers compared to other Return to Social Work training courses?

“The programme prepares candidates in terms of key legislation, policy and how practice has changed in the last few years. Candidates discuss what is happening in contemporary practice with social workers who are currently practicing.  Candidates refresh their interviewing and assessment knowledge and skills in simulation environment with constructive feedback. The 10-day practice placement is a key learning experience opportunity and is not provided on all Return to Social Work programmes. Going back into the workplace and seeing first- hand what may be different – and what is the same – as when candidates were last in practice themselves offers an authentic learning experience and lays a firm grounding for future employment. We tailor some of the learning directly to the different needs of candidates and have a bespoke focus to learning post – placement. We have introduced flexibility in the programme to respond to issues candidates bring themselves. The final day focuses on enhancing employability which to our knowledge is not something that is being provided in other social work programmes.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This programme sounds like a great contribution to the social work community in Greater Manchester, and it’s great to see teaching partnerships like the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy investing in making Return to Social Work more accessible for practitioners. If you want any more information about the programme or the GMSWA, then head to www.gmswa.co.uk and see what other exciting projects are in the works![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2376″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_cta h2=”” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Book Now” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_button_block=”true” btn_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Ftraining-events%2Fevents-card%2F%3FdID%3D4119%26title%3DReturn%2520to%2520Social%2520Work%2520Programme||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]

University of Salford

25th Feb 2019 – 26th Mar 2019

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University of Manchester

22nd Jan 2019 – 19th Feb 2019

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Salford Look Back on the GMSWA Careers Fair

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Friday 27th April, the School of Health and Society hosted the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA) Teaching Partnership Careers Fair at MediaCityUK.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The fair saw around 200 final year Social Work students from across Greater Manchester from the University of Salford, Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University visit our campus to find out more about social work opportunities available from a range of employers including the ten Greater Manchester local authorities and private and voluntary sector agencies who together form the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy and many Social Care agencies and local charities.

The students were also able to take part in a selection of workshops hosted by employers and careers’ service colleagues, where they picked up practical advice on getting through the application process and useful interview techniques.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Three newly qualified social workers Shareen, Kate, Winnie and Calum, all Salford graduates, hosted a panel discussion sharing their top tips for success and answering questions from students about their jobs.

Shareen Denman, who graduated last year and is now working with Wigan Council with children and young people at risk of significant harm said she was keen to join the panel to emphasise the importance of researching the difference councils before applying for jobs. “I hadn’t realised how important the Wigan Deal was, for example – each authority has its own culture and their own unique strategic priorities”;

2016 graduate Winnie Ebockayuk now works in Birmingham for the Council. She said: “I feel it is my calling to come back to help on the panel. I have such fondness for Salford University because of the support everyone gave me while I was here and I hope that sharing my experiences will help other students achieve their goals.”

Calum Wiggle wanted to reassure students who hadn’t got placements with local authorities that it was still possible to be successful and secure a permanent job with one. He had spent his placement with the Prince’s Trust and with a homeless charity and admitted it was a little harder to then get the job he had now with Manchester Council Court Team, but quite achievable if you just tried a little harder.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]One of the exhibitors Helen Delamere, Head of Rochdale Council’s Child Protection Service said:

“The Teaching Learning Partnership is committed to offering a certain percentage of student placements, so we’re here today showcasing what Rochdale can offer and letting students know about opportunities available and our interview assessment dates.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Orlaith Kelly, Social Worker from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust added: “We are here to spread the word about the benefits of working at Salford Royal. There are so many opportunities arising from the integration of Health and Social Care so it is a good time to be in social work. We are also telling students about the ASYE (assessed and supported year in employment), where we mentor new recruits to ensure they continuously develop in their roles and gain confidence and experience.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Gabi Hesk, Lecturer in Social Work who led the organisation of the event, was thrilled with the turn out.

She said: “This event has its roots in the early careers fairs we used to hold in a corridor in the Allerton Building, which were always successful with students and agencies. We felt then that there was a need for a special social work careers fair to highlight jobs and placements and were delighted when The Social Work Practice Learning and Admissions Team at Salford were approached by the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy to host this fair. I would like to thank the technicians and staff for helping us make full use of the digital technology for our Twitter wall and offering to recreate the GMSWA Logo for example and generally making the event run smoothly. Thanks also go to colleagues in alumni and from the careers teams in all three universities who have all contributed to the success of the fair. It’s been lovely working in partnership with the other two Greater Manchester universities and collaborating with our Practice Learning colleagues, Pauline Black from Manchester Metropolitan University and Claire Harnett from Manchester University. We’re sure they will have been impressed with what Salford has to offer and hope this isn’t the last time we collaborate.”

[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”The GMSWA got some great feedback about their Careers Fair: “][vc_column_text]“The panel was very helpful as you get to hear first-hand newly qualified experiences that you can relate to as you are about to qualify”,[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

“The workshops were really helpful as they provided us with examples of how to complete application forms

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]“I have gained knowledge which can build confidence. A day worth it.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]“I would say help with the interviews and meeting with Newly Qualified Social Workers was helpful. I have got an idea now when I should apply, what questions I will be asked and how I can prepare myself”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]“I am now very confident in job searching”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]“I now realise the benefits of doing more research in agencies’ values and then incorporating this into the interview”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]“The employers on the stands and in the workshop used PCF language maybe without realising it – it seemed a part of their normal language which was great to hear”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]“It was great to gain experience of interviewing skills”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”5″ images=”2377,2378,2379,2380,2381,2382,2383,2384,2385,2386,2387,2388,2389,2390,2391,2392,2393,2394,2395,2396,2397,2398″ img_size=”full” title=”Take a look through some of the pictures Salford and One Stop Social took at the Careers Fair! “][vc_cta h2=”Salford University Review” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Salford News – GMSWA Careers Fair” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fstaff.salford.ac.uk%2Fnewsitem%2F6216||target:%20_blank|”]Check out the original piece from the University of Salford here![/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Collaboration

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As One Stop Social are driven by our commitment to the highest quality of support and development for social work and care professionals across the UK, we know we do things a little bit differently. Our ‘customers’, social media followers and everyone invested in our success are an extended One Stop Social community. And, like any good community, we like to celebrate good news with you when it comes our way. Our recent collaboration is most definitely good news.

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA)! Don’t know what GMSWA are? That’s what we’re setting about to fix! We’ll be showcasing their Teaching Partnership and helping promote the positive change within the sector.

The GMSWA is a grouping of 3 Higher Education Institutions (Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University) and 10 Local Authorities (Salford, Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, Bolton, Bury, Tameside, Stockport, Wigan and Trafford) and some private and voluntary sector representatives (PVI’s).

The Academy hopes to offer an integrated, co-ordinated and high-quality response to Social Work training, practice and continuous professional development across Greater Manchester. Our collaboration will be to raise their profile to social work practitioners across the region and nationally, so that more people in the sector know how the GMSWA can facilitate professional development and the fantastic work they’re currently undertaking.

We know this collaboration will help us stay true to our goal of putting you, the social work and care professionals, first – keep an eye out for more news soon!

Are you a final year social work student based in either Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University? Then make sure to register for the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Careers Fair on 27th April! It’s free to attend and is a chance to network with NQSWs and get some interview advice!

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Are you a final year social work student based in either Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University? Then make sure to register for the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Careers Fair on 27th April! It’s free to attend and is a chance to network with NQSWs and get some interview advice!

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