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Forensic Social Worker

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will provide a specialist social care service to an agreed caseload of clients and their carers
  • The service will be across all areas of the Directorate including the Bracton Centre & Memorial Hospital, community and specialist aftercare hostel.
  • The post holder will be part of the inpatient team to provide advice to multi-disciplinary colleagues regarding social care in the inpatient setting and also be part of the Forensic Community Services.

Main duties of the job

  • Work as part of the multi-disciplinary in-patient team with clients and carers to meet social care needs within a range of highly complex situations that arise from offending behaviour and mental health needs. Engage in a therapeutic process to assist recovery and, if required, undertaking family work.
  • Take a lead role within the multi-disciplinary team to safeguard Adults and Children in line with Oxleas' safeguarding policies
  • Identify and establish links with the Responsible Local Authority for each client to ensure good liaison and care planning and timely discharge from hospital
  • Identify and obtain funding for appropriate care packages in conjunction with colleagues from the Responsible Local Authority
  • Undertake role in the aftercare of clients as care co-ordinator under CPA in agreed cases
  • Undertake Social Supervision of a mixed caseload of the Forensic Community Service standard and enhanced patients subject to conditional discharge in agreed cases in accordance with the relevant guidelines
  • Take a lead role in the multi-disciplinary context in enabling clients and carers to exercise their rights and promote their equality and diversity including liaison with advocacy services to challenge oppressive practice
  • Manage work to ensure own personal safety and the security of self and others, contributing to the development of a safe working environment

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

At Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, we offer a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South-East London and in prison across England. Our services includes community health care, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies.

Oxleas is a great place to work. It has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work 2023 by the Sunday Times amongst very big employers. Our staff survey results show that we are in the Top 5 in England and the highest in London for staff experience amongst similar trusts.

We are always delighted to welcome new colleagues to the Oxleas family. We care about making Oxleas a great place to work - its a big priority in our strategy. Come and join us - its a place where our values, teamwork, equity, and wellbeing matter and where you can really help to improve peoples lives.

We have distinctive values at Oxleas - We're Kind, We're Fair, We Listen, We Care. Our values are very important to us. They help Oxleas to be a great place to work.

Develop own knowledge and practice and provide evidence of continued professional development by means of a professional portfolio as outlined by SW England

Participate in various multi-disciplinary groups in order to contribute to service governance and development within the workplace

Work autonomously within professional guidelines and Oxleas policies, being accountable to line manager

  • Gather information for assessment and risk analysis from the clients, carers and others such as family members. Use this information which is often highly complex and sensitive to provide appropriate reports within deadlines
  • Ensure that all clients who are in-patients have a social history completed to inform the post-admission assessment process
  • Undertake assessment and analysis of risk to the public and staff or others of re-offending. Develop with multi-disciplinary teams risk management strategies and care plans for the treatment and rehabilitation of clients, taking a lead in relation to their individual social care needs
  • Co-ordinate care for clients using knowledge of different legislation such as MHA 1983 and 2007, NHS and Community Care Act, Children Act, MCA 2005, within a multi-disciplinary context,

  • Maintain professional practice by keeping up to date on social work research, literature and practice development. If appropriate, undertake or contribute to research.

  • Engage with clients families and carers to ensure that they are aware of their legal rights
  • Provide social circumstances reports within specific time periods for legal settings such as Mental Health Tribunals, which reflect the needs of the individual clients and issues of risk, and conform to the standards for such reports
  • Attend Mental Health Tribunals to represent social care view as contained in own report and be cross-examined on content of report by expert panel and clients legal representative
  • Maintain records in timely and accurate manner in accordance with Oxleas policies and social work standards

Person Specification



  • Social Work Qualification and Registration
  • Experience of working with individuals with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of Criminal Justice System and impact of this on users with mental health issues and significant others
  • Experience of writing and presenting own reports in a legal setting
  • Experience of advocating for Service Users and challenging oppression


  • Experience of supervising individuals subject to s42 or CTO
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of safeguarding adults and children
  • Experience of working in a trauma informed approach
  • Experience of establishing links with the Responsible Local Authority to ensure good liaison

experience of working autonomously


  • Experience of working autonomously

facilitate assessments and formulate outcomes


  • Facilitate assessments and formulate outcomes

relevant qualifications and experience


  • Previous experience at NHS band 5 (or equivalent) level
  • Relevant Professional Qualification (RMN/OT/Social worker/Psychologist)


  • Experience in multiagency working

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Bracton Centre and Memorial Hospital

Leyton cross road and Shooters Hill



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