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Social Worker

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Social Worker to join us in delivering high quality community mental health care within Stevenage and North Hertfordshire.

You will need to be registered with Social Work England.

You will have experience of working in a community based setting. You will be responsible for the delivery of care to an allocated caseload of clients living in the Community experiencing, or recovering from, mental health difficulties.

You will provide direct support and advice to Service Users and Carers, within the recovery framework, embracing the individual right to choice and control. You will ensure that appropriate health and social care services are commissioned as required. You will also assess, identify and evaluate Client's needs through comprehensive assessments, reviews and care planning in conjunction with other professionals.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary Team, working in partnership with a range of stakeholders inside and outside of the Trust.

We can offer you a competitive salary, staff benefits package, excellent career development and training that comes from working for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

Whilst it is a challenging period for the NHS, there has never been a more exciting time to join HPFT. We are on a Good to Great journey as we continue to innovate, improve, transform and deliver the very highest standards of care to the service users and communities that we serve.

Main duties of the job

All Social Workers must be registered with Social Work England.

As a Social Worker, you will work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing high quality social care services to adults of all ages experiencing mental ill-health. The core functions of the role will be to provide assessment, care planning and coordination of care from a social perspective to adults accessing the service. You will delivery recovery-focused care and support to service users and their carers that is focused on the principles of choice, control, and independence, as well as ensuring safety.

You will actively address adversity and will support adults at risk of social inclusion and assist adults accessing support to deal with a range of adverse circumstances. You will actively champion equality and diversity and be expected to challenge discrimination in all it's forms as part of your role.You will hold a caseload which may comprise of adults experiencing a wide range of mental health and social care needs. You will ensure that you maintain constant reflection and development of your practice and will ensure your continuing professional development in line with the standards set out by the professional regulator, Social Work England.

If you are not already an AMHP, you will be prepared to undertake the training required to undertake the AMHP role as your career progresses. If you are already an AMHP, you will contribute to the Trust's countywide AMHP rota.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout.

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please to read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Responsibilities1. To be a champion of social care with a comprehensive understanding of legislation and statutory guidance.2. To take a lead in the promotion of adult safeguarding practice and undertake safeguarding enquires and contribute to the provision of care plans that protect both adults and children from abuse.3. To undertake comprehensive assessments and reviews, for people who may present with a high risk, or those with significant interpersonal, social, legal and/or environmental complexities, ensuring people are assessed appropriately against social care eligibility criteria as defined by The Care Act 2014.4. To offer direct support to service users and their carers, and to colleagues, through information and advice, to ensure that those who do not meet social care eligibility are appropriately signposted and supported.5. To ensure that appropriate health and social care services are commissioned with and on behalf of service users, including the duty to offer direct payments, and that processes are in place for service users to be charged by the local authority for the social care services they receive, if applicable.6. To ensure that commissioned services allow choice to service users and carers and focus on people living in the community with appropriate support and access to universal services.7. To undertake regular risk assessments and ensure that vulnerable people are kept safe.8. To undertake carer assessments, including identifying contingency plans, and provision of support.9. To be skilled in partnership working and identify, develop, and facilitate a wide range of recovery-focused community services, ensuring that colleagues within the locality are also aware of developments and best practice.10. To ensure the involvement of service users and their carers to that the Trust can learn from their experiences to make improvements to service delivery.11. To ensure accurate computer records of all work undertaken are kept up to date.12. To undertake your own post qualifying and other appropriate training to ensure high standards of practice and continuation of your registration with Social Work England.13. To provide both management and reflective supervision to newly qualified social workers and unregistered social care staff.14. To support newly qualified social workers through the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), with opportunities to train as an ASYE assessor.15. To undertake duties as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) or be willing to undertake AMHP training.16. To participate in your own regular supervision and ensure regular reflection on your own practice as both a social worker and AMHP.17. To undertake other tasks and duties which form part of the delegated social care responsibilities accepted by the Trust on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council.18. To adhere to Trust policies and procedures.19. To undertake additional training as required.20. To carry out any other duties as appropriately identified by your line manager.

Person Specification



  • An appropriate professional social work qualification
  • Education to degree level
  • Registration with Social Work England
  • Training in principles and application of outcomes focussed assessments and personalization
  • Relevant post-qualifying training for social workers
  • Training and experience in Safeguarding


  • Approved Mental Health Professional/Best Interests Assessment Training



  • Minimum of 2 years post qualification experience
  • Knowledge of legislation, theory and policy in relation to relevant care group
  • Experience of undertaking assessments, focussed as personalisation, choice and control, and care planning
  • Understanding and experience of personal budgets and direct payments
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working and ability to work collaboratively
  • Experience of partnership working with service users and carers, demonstrating dignity and respect


  • Experience of work as Approved Mental Health Professional and/or Best Interests Assessor



  • Excellent ability to communication with a wide range of stakeholders including service users and carers, other professional colleagues, members of other organisations and local communities, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to manage highly sensitive information
  • Experience of using electronic recording systems and ability to produce accurate, appropriate and timely reports



  • Ability to analyse service user and carer information
  • Experience of undertaking small scale audits and surveys

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Saffron Ground

Ditchmore Lane



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