Have you just qualified and looking to start your career in social work, or qualified and had time out from practice?


NQSW / Return to Practice – Social Workers

Norfolk Institute of Practice Excellence (NIPE) Team

£29,055 – £30,756 per annum (Scale I)

37 hours per week

Countywide placements

Our Norfolk Institute for Practice Excellence (NIPE) is an innovative team within Adult Social Services supporting newly qualified social workers and social workers looking to return to practice with a structure programme of development.

Find out from Phoebe what it’s like to work be a Newly Qualified Social Worker in Adult Services for Norfolk County Council.


The team is primarily for newly qualified social workers, although consideration will be given to highly motivated, experienced social workers who have had a period of time out of front line social work with Adults or with no experience of statutory social work in the adult social care sector.

If you are an experienced social worker looking to update your skills the programme will be tailored to your needs.

Our team will support you to complete your ASYE and excel in your first year of practice. You will be given:

  • a comprehensive induction course
  • a planned work load which takes into consideration individual learning needs and provides experiences to both broaden and deepen your knowledge and expertise
  • the opportunity to work across a range of Norfolk’s Adult Social Services Departments which includes learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health and older people

After six months, and subject to satisfactory progress, you will be supported to move to a vacancy in one of our operational teams with ongoing support to complete your ASYE and to develop you as a social worker.

The Adult NIPE is an exciting and innovative team based in Adult Social Services at County Hall. If successful in your application to join the team, you will be part of a small, supportive team led by a Team manager and Practice Consultant who are focussed on you excelling and passing your ASYE.

You will be offered a permanent contract following successful completion of the probationary period and the ASYE.

To be eligible to apply for a cohort in the Norfolk Institute for Practice Excellence you should have qualified or will have qualified as a Social Worker before starting and be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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