Social Worker

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum (Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 04 October 2023

Our service, based in CAMHS Phoenix Unit on the Wokingham Community Hospital site, is a hospital at home service that provides evidence based psychiatric, nursing, and therapeutic interventions for young people under the age of 18presenting withsevere and complex mental health difficultiesassessed as requiring Tier 4 level care, includingwhere these disorders are co-morbid with neurodevelopmental diagnoses.

All young people who are accepted to the service will follow a structured programme, in line withrelevantNICE guidelines (for exampleanorexia nervosa, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation).Interventions are delivered by a multi-disciplinary clinical team comprising of: Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychologists, Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Dietitian, Family Therapist, Teaching staff, Support staff including Assistant Psychologists, Clinical Support Staff, Activity Co-ordinator, Administrators and Managerial Support.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide an expert social care perspective to CAMHS service development, as required.
  • To provide experience and expertise to ensure the effective management of children at risk of abuse and neglect.
  • To work closely with the Phoenix young people' local social care teams for the purposes of information-sharing, consultation, and access to mental health services, carrying out joint assessments and intervention where appropriate to the needs of the child/young person.
  • To be committed to developing close links between Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) and other social care services

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

The trust employs almost 5,000 people over more than 100 sites and community settings across Windsor & Maidenhead, Slough, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.

As an inclusive employer, we value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall 100 Top Employer. Whatever your background or individual needs, at Berkshire Healthcare you'll be supported by friendly and professional managers to succeed.

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us

Job description

Job responsibilities

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell leave
  • Generous NHS pension scheme 20.68% employer contribution
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • Advanced IT enablement
  • Cycle to Work and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants via the Blue Light Card
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and more to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave and access to our three staff nurseries

The must haves for this role:
  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence and have use of a car for work purposes
  • Has experience of working within a mental health/multi-disciplinary setting and Has experience of child protection work

  • If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Matthew Prouse on 07775852630 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Person Specification



    • CQSW/CSS/DipSW or equivalent Social Work qualification.
    • Registered with Social Work England
    • Has one year's post-qualifying experience
    • Has experience of working within a mental health/multi-disciplinary setting
    • Has experience of child protection work
    • Understanding of the mental health needs of children and young people and how these needs can be most effectively met
    • Knowledge of Mental Health policy and legislation and how this impacts on young people within the CAMHS service

    Previous Experience


    • High level communication skills
    • Able to communicate sensitive and potentially challenging information effectively and appropriately to children within the service and families/carers where there may be barriers to acceptance and a highly emotive context
    • Ability to assess children and family's needs and develop effective care plans
    • Ability to provide consultation and training to other professionals
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
    • Can produce appropriate written work (letters, forms, reports etc) following statutory procedures, Trust policy and national practice guidance
    • Aptitude or willingness to train in order to produce word processing documents and operate computer information systems
    • Ability to work to timescales and comfortably cope in pressurised situations, applying practical problem solving skills in everyday and complex situations
    • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as outlook, databases e.g. RiO, MS office and the internet). Good keyboard skills
    • Exceptional interpersonal, influencing, communication, observation, and reporting skills
    • Ability to work with partners to improve communication and care delivery across all agencies for these Children and Young People

    Personal Qualities


    • Is committed to working in partnership with parents
    • Can work in a busy, sometimes stressful environment, supported by a multi-disciplinary team
    • Is committed to ensuring that a child's welfare is paramount, and to taking necessary action to protect children
    • Is flexible and able to use initiative, whilst accepting the need to work within policies and procedures
    • Is open, creative, and willing to explore new ways of working
    • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships across teams and agencies

    Special Requirements


    • Can travel to visit clients and attend meetings over a wide area and at short notice independently i.e. in car
    • Can offer flexibility in working hours ( for example evening visits when work cannot be completed at another time)
    • Has pursued additional training or personal study of relevant subjects

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Wokingham Hospital

    41 Barkham Road


    RG41 2RE

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