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Senior Social Worker

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The role gives opportunity for developmental and creative thinking in shaping an excellent social work model in a multi disciplinary team.

The work around the implementation of the Community Health Framework for mental health within the PCS will enable Social Work to develop a strong profile within this sector.

As a Senior Social Worker, you will provide a high standard of support and care delivery with regards to social work needs to the 3 older adult mental health wards in East of the County with patients / service users whose ability to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by mental health issues, emotional, psychological and social problems. You will work closely with patients, families, carers other agencies (internal and external) and individuals to support patients / service users with a clear focus on recovery, social inclusion and social justice. The role will entail assessment, support planning and the opportunity to provide 1-1 strength based therapeutic interventions/social work interventions and facilitate early discharge planning.

Main duties of the job

KMPT believe that Professional Practice should be informed by the following principles;
  • Our intervention only when absolutely necessary
  • People know what they need best
  • We see the person and not their difficulties
  • People have the right to live without fear or harm

To carry out this role successfully you will have:o A recognised Social Work qualification.o Evidence of further post qualification social work training.o Experience of practicing in a multi-disciplinary team and with external resources.o Demonstrable experience of working in the field of Mental Health.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of safeguarding adults/statutory procedures.
  • Excellent IT skills including experience of using a case management system.
  • Experience of implementing and adhering to quality assurance processes in support of service delivery.You must be prepared to travel in the course of your work and a full driving licence and use of car are essential.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will be working within an Older Adult Inpatient Unit as part of the MPT covering a defined geographical area of the Trust.
  • Within this service Social workers will focus specifically upon the needs of older adults with functional and organic mental health issues.
  • The post holder will be registered with Social Work England
  • Deliver social work practice which is informed by statutory guidance, best evidence, and research knowledge.
  • Provide professional guidance, support and developmental opportunities with less experienced or knowledgeable social work colleagues, including taking the role of supervisor, practice educator with social work students/junior staff.

Please see Job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • oRelevant Professional Qualifications DipSW, BA, MA in Social Work, CQSW
  • oPEPS 2 qualified Practice Educator


  • oThe post holder should be working at the level of capability set out in the Professional Capability Framework at the Advanced Practitioner/Professional Educator/ Social Work Manager level
  • oAdditional qualifications e.g. qualified AMHP or Best Interest Assessor, or other relevant continued professional development.



  • oSignificant prior experience working with individuals presenting with mental health issues.
  • oDemonstrate a significant understanding in relationship based social work practice
  • oAn understanding of the principles and values underlying the Mental Health Act (1983, as amended 2007) and Mental Capacity Act (2005); Human Rights Act 1998; Care Act 2014; Health and Social Care Act 2012; and other legislation as they relate to this service user group.


  • oEvidence your ability to develop effective working relationships with service users and their carer's and show evidence of good assessment practice.



  • oAbility to manage a complex case load and act as lead professional
  • oAbility to identify ways to overcome issues that threaten delivery of services, escalating risks where appropriate and dealing with emergency/crisis situations


  • oGood knowledge of local and national policy and initiatives in social care, social work and mental health.

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