Hello, my name is Lorraine McPherson-Bravo and I am the Social Work Development Consultant at Nottingham City Council. My role involves:

  • Providing Social Work development solutions in design, delivery and evaluation of training, development and qualification activities in accordance with the National Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for Social Workers, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and specific directorate initiatives in building a robust Social Work workforce.
  • Manage ASYE programme for all schemes involving newly qualified social workers.
  • Co-ordinate and manage the Grow Our Own Social Worker Programme in conjunction with the qualification provider and support cohorts into SW posts.
  • Support SW retention through a number of initiatives such as the experienced SW panel, exit interviews for newly qualified and advisory manager meetings.
  • Design and deliver essential SW training such as Undertaking Section 47 and Court Work Skills

The Newly Qualified Social Work Programme. The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)

The ASYE programme is designed to help newly qualified social workers (NQSW's) and social workers who previously qualified, but have not  been in a social work post, to develop their skills, knowledge and capability, and strengthen their professional confidence. It is an essential part of social work development.  The programme is a one year, employer led induction programme which aims to provide support and assessment to NQSW's working with children and families during their first year of employment and to qualified social workers who have not previously been in social work posts.

For details of the programme click here.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities.  CPD includes learning and development opportunities for Social Workers that refresh, review and broaden their knowledge, skills and experience and increase motivation and resilience. CPD contributes towards professional excellence, is self-directed and includes opportunities provided by employers linked to workforce needs. 

This will allow Nottingham City Council to plan and develop the workforce for a modern social work profession enabling:

  • Social work practitioners to retain and enhance their currency in practice.
  • Nottingham City Council to recruit and retain an experienced, skilled, motivated and resilient social work force.

For further information regarding the above please contact lorraine.mcpherson-bravo@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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