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Mental Health Social Worker - Crisis

Solent NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for Mental Health Social worker to join our responsive Community Crisis Team.

Working in Portsmouth offers a diverse inner-city client base where we provide intensive treatment and interventions to individuals who present with a range of mental health needs as a 24 hour service. This role is a core hours post that does not require any night time working. We need you to travel across the city to visit our patients, either by bike or bus, car or train! We also have pool cars which can be used by people with full UK driving licences and if you want to use your own, you can claim mileage!

Our aim is to prevent hospital admission and to be the access point for urgent mental health care to adults across Portsmouth.

We're passionate about providing you with the opportunity to develop and have a wide range of therapies and treatments to train in to continue your learning. We want the best for you so you can deliver the best quality care to our patients.

Although this is a community based role, our offices are based at St Marys Community Health Campus in Milton. This offers you a space to meet and connect with your team, time to complete outstanding work and an affordable restaurant to give you the fuel to keep going all day long!

We'd love to chat to find out if we're the right employer for you so please get in touch to arrange a visit with our Clinical Manager Nick Rout -- or 0300 123 6924.

Main duties of the job

To work as an active member of the integrated multi-disciplinary team. This role is to work core business hours (9-5, Monday -- Friday) but supporting a team providing an acute, mobile 24-hour community-based Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Service (CRHT) as an alternative to hospital admission.

To support the team to manage a caseload of clients with complex social care needs providing interventions using evidence based, client centred principles to aid recovery and avoid admission to psychiatric hospital. To ensure that the service provided is high quality, clinically effective and cost effective.

When required, to provide rapid assessment in a range of settings and help plan and deliver effective, evidence-based home treatment in collaboration with service users, carers and professionals from other established services. Strong emphasis is placed on assisting service users to learn from the crisis.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Social Work England registered Social worker, degree level or equivalent



  • Previous experience of working with users and carers using a recovery approach.
  • Demonstrate understanding and experience of using the Care Programme Approach, risk assessment and management
  • Ability to use information technology
  • Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the service.
  • Knowledge of liaison role between the CRHT/residential/community teams.
  • Show an understanding of caseload management.
  • Knowledge of working with clients with a severe and enduring mental illness.
  • Experience working in mental health services.


  • Implementing Care Programme Approach (CPA)
  • Previous experience of working in community mental health services. Multi-disciplinary team working
  • Experience of working in a multi-agency environment.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


St James’ Hospital

Locksway Road




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